local support and mobilization


When a local climbing access issue occurs, the best line of defense is always the local climbers who are familiar with the area and the issues. That is why a critical piece of the Access Fund’s work is encouraging, organizing, and supporting local climbers to join together into local climbing organizations. We offer one-on-one guidance, educational resources, stewardship programs, and grants to help get these local organizations up and running.

Each local climbing organization adds to the strength and voice of our climbing community. The Access Fund helps to pull these individual organizations together into a grassroots network that not only increases climbers’ influence on national policy issues, but acts as a channel for extending climbing advocacy and stewardship work. It is through this grassroots channel that the Access Fund is able to:

  • rally climbers together into both local and national letter-writing campaigns
  • inform and educate climbers on the local impact of national policies
  • promote and support stewardship efforts and events
  • educate climbers on effective climbing management strategies, land acquisitions, and resources on how to manage private lands