Protect America's Climbing

1 in 5 climbing areas in the US is threatened by an access issue.

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Dan Holz | Trout Creek, OR

Why Care

Threats to our climbing areas come in many forms—and we must act quickly and nimbly to protect them.

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D. Scott Clark | Clear Creek Canyon, CO
The vast majority of our climbing areas are located on public lands. Every day, land managers use their legal authority to regulate climbing—often times without the experience or knowledge to make informed decisions. Imagine how chaotic that could be if there wasn’t an advocacy organization there to represent climbers’ interests. Thankfully, you don’t have to.
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Hueco Tanks, TX | John Dickey
Today, there are hundreds of thousands of climbers visiting our climbing areas—and they are showing the impact. Having a vague knowledge of minimum impact practices is no longer enough. It’s time to elevate our game, and it starts with you.
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When an access issue occurs in your backyard, who will be there to help? The first and best line of defense for an access issue is almost always the local climbers who are familiar with the area and the issues.
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John Dickey | Indian Creek, UT
Risk. Liability. Lawsuits. The fear associated with these three little words prevents many landowners from opening their property to climbing. But the perception of risk associated with climbing is largely overstated and misunderstood. And risk can be easily managed when climbers and landowners work together…
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Chris Noble | Ouray, CO
Sometimes the only way to save a threatened climbing area is to buy it. Privately owned climbing areas can go up for sale with little or no warning, and when they do, we must act quickly to save them.
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John Dickey | Independance Pass, CO
Micro Trash. Erosion. Human Waste. Are we loving our climbing areas to death? Climber impacts on our outdoor landscapes are greater than ever. But there is a solution, and it starts with you.
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Current Campaigns

Here's how you can help protect America's climbing.

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Manny Rangel | Oak Flat, AZ

Save Oak Flat!

In 2014, a back-room deal led to the passage of the Oak Flat Land Exchange bill, resulting in the largest loss of climbing resources in history. Now, as the NEPA process for the mine begins, we have one-time opportunity to get the U.S. Forest Service to address our specific issues with the Resolution Copper mine project at Oak Flat.
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Save The Homestead!

With a narrow window of opportunity, the Access Fund secured temporary ownership of the access point to The Homestead—a unique backcountry limestone climbing area in central Arizona—to save this incredible area from indefinite closure under new ownership. Now, we need your help to secure permanent protection and long-term stewardship.
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John Dickey | Vedewoo, WY

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United we are stronger. Join the Access Fund tribe today and become part of the largest climbing advocacy movement in America. Together we can keep our climbing areas open and protected.
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