A climbers´ group is supporting a temporary climbing ban at Lake Tahoe´s Cave Rock because of a delay in its lawsuit.
The Colorado-based Access Fund is supporting the voluntary closure during July and August out of respect for the religious practices of the Washoe tribe, which holds the site sacred.
The U.S. Forest Service ordered the popular climbing area on Tahoe´s east shore closed last fall in what it called an effort to restore the area´s cultural and historical resources.
The Forest Service in November agreed to put the ban on hold pending resolution of a lawsuit filed by the climbers´ group. But the group agreed to the temporary ban through the busy summer months, and is urging climbers to abide by it.