land acquisition & protection

Many climbing areas across the U.S. are either located on, or require access across, private property. When access is threatened or when a narrow window of opportunity presents itself,
the climbing community must act swiftly to protect valuable climbing resources and environments. For this reason, the Access Fund provides resources for direct acquisitions, easements and other land conservation tactics through our Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign and our Climbing Preservation Grants Program. Through both of these programs, local climbing communities can tap into resources to help equip them to successfully protect and manage private land. These resources include guidance on everything from strategic planning, transaction management, due diligence, private and public fundraising, liability protection, property management, neighbors, parking, waivers, trespassing, and much more. 

While it is the Access Fund's first priority to support and empower local organizations to protect climbing areas by providing short-term capital, transaction expertise, and other resources, the Access Fund realizes not all climbing areas have a local community to act as stewards. In special circumstances, the Access Fund will consider holding property on behalf of the climbing community. Visit the AF Land Holdings page to learn more.

For more information on the Access Fund's Land Acquisition & Protection program, contact our Access Director, Joe Sambataro, at