Middle CanyonDecember 22 2011 at 4:14 PM
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|Jerry Painter (no login)|
Response to Dog gone it.
I spoke with Bill Boggs of the BLM office in Idaho Falls. His office is over the southern Lemhis including Middle Canyon. He said the Middle Canyon just falls outside of the Wilderness Study Area and is not subject bolting restrictions. That could change in the future. His office, and others, are working on a draft Resource Management Plan that offers four different options with varying degrees of restrictions. He predicts that the draft plan could be out by next fall. After the plan is presented to the public, a comment period will probably change the plan and select one of the variations. That could be good or bad news for all of the canyons on the southern west end of the range. But as of now, the canyon is open for climbing and bolting. Unfortunately, it's not super appealing to sport climbers because of its access. Box Canyon, on the other hand, offers easy access and nice rock there are some two and three-pitch bolted routes in Box Canyon.