mission and vision


The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering. 

Six core programs support the mission on national and local levels:

  • Climbing management policy
  • Local support & mobilization
  • Stewardship & conservation
  • Land acquisition & protection
  • Risk management & landowner support
  • Education