A Short History of the FCC

Beginning in the mid 1980s, the relationship between climbers and the land manager of the open space containing the Flatirons deteriorated to the point where a complete bolting ban was imposed. This ban epitomized the lack of dialogue between climbers as a user group of the Flatirons and the City of Boulder’s land manager, Open Space Mountain Parks (OSMP). As a result, new route development in the Flatirons came to a standstill, and climbers felt disenfranchised from a beloved climbing venue.

In 1997, a group of climber/activists began brainstorming meetings to determine how best to address this impasse. To address the concerns of OSMP regarding the impacts climbers have in the Flatirons, this group set out to demonstrate that climbers are not just users of the Flatirons, but also stewards. Sponsoring trail and restoration projects, educational outreach efforts, and attending numerous OSMP sponsored community gatherings, these climber/activists (eventually incorporated as the Flatirons Climbing Council [FCC]) slowly but surely built a relationship with OSMP based upon trust and open communication.

In conjunction with its stewardship, FCC proposed a pilot project to re-open the Flatirons to the creation of new, bolted routes. Starting with a few crags in the Dinosaur Mountain area, the pilot project proved successful. There are now dozens of new formations open for bolting, and as of spring 2018 there have been 54 new routes installed.  From 5.8 to 5.14, these new routes are enjoyed by, and challenge, climbers of all abilities. The work of the FCC continues to this day, and will continue into the future. The privilege of climbing in the Flatirons should never be taken for granted, but will always require diligence and awareness.

– David Turner, FCC Founder

The FCC is focused on three priorities:

  • New Routes and Fixed Hardware

    Since 2003, an agreement between the Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) has put in place a program allowing for the replacement of existing hardware and the placement of new fixed anchors in the Flatirons.

  • Conservation and Trail Restoration

    The FCC has funded and completed numerous conservation and trail restoration projects in the Flatirons.   The FCC is committed to continuing this work.

  • Advocate for Climbers

    OSMP has recognized the FCC as the agency through which the concerns of the climbing public can be raised.  The FCC is committed to representing all climbers who enjoy the Flatirons.

FCC Bylaws

  • FCC bylaws

    The FCC bylaws can be found here.