Procedures and Standards for the Fixed Hardware Review Committee of The Flatirons Climbing Council
I. THE FIXED HARDWARE REVIEW COMMITTEE (“FHRC”)
The mission of the FHRC is to work with members of the climbing public to receive applications for installation of new fixed anchors, evaluate and, if necessary, revise such applications and conduct a vote of its members and the public to recommend or reject such applications. The FHRC shall consider applications within the list of open formations found here. The FHRC only has authority to recommend new applications. Final authority to approve an application rests with Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. The FHRC’s decision to reject an application shall be final.
A. Composition Of The FHRC
- Membership of the FHRC
The FHRC shall have four members to be selected by the Flatirons Climbing Council (“FCC”). Members of the FHRC may, but need not be, members of the FCC. The FCC shall have complete authority to remove and replace members of the FHRC prior to the expiration of their terms.
- The Chairperson
The FHRC shall select a chairperson. In the event the FHRC is unable to agree on a chairperson, the FCC shall select one. There shall be no limit on the number of terms that the chair is eligible to serve so long as s/he remains a member of the FHRC.
B. Terms Of FHRC Members
- Initial terms
Two FHRC members shall have initial two year terms and two FHRC members shall have initial one year terms. If the members of the FHRC are unable to agree on which members shall have one year terms, the FCC shall make the selection. The FHRC will decide the effective start date of such terms.
- Subsequent terms
After the expiration of the first year, all FHRC members shall thereafter have two year terms.
- Renewal of terms
FHRC members are eligible for an unlimited numbers of term renewals, but there shall be no presumption in favor of, or against, such renewals.
For all votes other than recommendations on new fixed anchor applications, a majority of the FHRC members present shall be entitled to vote and decide any matter before the FHRC. In the event of a tie, the chairperson shall cast the deciding vote.
These Procedures and Standards for New Fixed Anchors can be amended only by a majority vote of the FCC. In the event of a tie, the chair of the FCC shall cast the deciding vote. The FHRC may recommend changes in the Procedures and Standards to the FCC.
II. PROCEDURES FOR REVIEWING NEW FIXED HARDWARE APPLICATIONS
A. The Application Process
- Overview of process
There shall initially be two semi-annual opportunities for members of the public to submit applications for new fixed hardware. The FHRC shall take appropriate steps to publicize the process, create the application forms and make application forms reasonably available to area climbers. After two years, the FHRC may recommend to the FCC to increase or decrease the number of times each year that applications may be submitted and considered based on the volume of such applications and as further experience dictates.
After receipt of timely applications, members of the FHRC shall work with the applicant(s) to visit the site of the route, discuss possible concerns and modifications to the application and then prepare a public notice of the application. The application and the public notice of the applications shall be precise as to the number, type and location of fixed anchors sought to be installed.
- Pertinent dates
The FHRC shall have authority to select dates for each step in the review process. Initially the following due dates shall govern. In each case, the due date shall be the Friday of the second week of the listed month, except for the dates of the public meeting, for which the FHRC shall announce a specific date during the second week of that month.
Winter Cycle / Spring Cycle / Summer Cycle
Applications due: January 1, May 1, August 1
Public meeting and vote: Early February, early June, early September
Applicants will be encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the due date to afford them and the FHRC sufficient time to work together on the application in advance of presenting the application for public notice.
Applications relating to an area subject to seasonal raptor closures should be, but are not required to be, submitted during a cycle (generally, the Fall cycle) during which the area is open for climbing. The FHRC may defer consideration of an application if raptor or other closures prevent sufficient consideration of the application.