The Access Fund encourages climbers to maintain an ethic of personal responsibility, self-regulation, strong conservation values, and minimum impact practices. However, as more and more climbers visit our nation’s mountains, crags, and boulders, it becomes increasingly important to have smart climbing management plans that minimize environmental and social impact.
The basic concept of “climbing management” is to develop plans that mitigate site-specific impacts such as crowding, human waste, soil compaction, erosion, and wildlife disturbance. If you are engaging in climbing management planning, it is critical to work in cooperation with the greater climbing community, other recreational users, public land managers, and private land owners. The goal should be to develop climbing management strategies that address specific concerns while utilizing the “minimum required action” principle so that visitors and land managers are not overly burdened by regulations and enforcement.
Climbing management strategies should be well substantiated through science or law, since poorly substantiated policies and regulations can create conflict between land managers, climbers, and other stakeholders.
The Access Fund's guide to climbing issues and the development of a climbing management plan.
A grant from the Climbing Conservation Grant Program can kick start acquisition, stewardship, policy, research, local support, and education projects.
A record of Access Fund's advocacy statements, by state, for climbing areas on public lands. These documents can be useful to advocates looking to develop their own comment letters.
We invite local climbing and anchor replacement organizations to seek funding and support for anchor replacement initiatives at their local climbing area.
Access Fund's policy position regarding the placement, maintenance, and management of fixed anchors for technical climbing. This policy was developed in partnership with the American Alpine Club.
Best practices for partnering with public land managers.