Episode #22

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
Brian Poon


About this Episode

This is part two of my conversation with the Access Fund–Jeep Conservation Teams. Today is Annie and Mat from the East Conservation Team. This dynamic duo is responsible for the crags and boulders throughout the Eastern United States. As a regional team, they spend extended amounts of time in one spot, completing major stewardship projects at popular areas such as Rumney and Cathedral Ledge, where they are currently working.

Annie and Mat bring extensive experience from working on a conservation corps in North Carolina prior to joining Access Fund. They are now taking their passion for stewardship and their newly found love of climbing to care for our treasured climbing resources across the Eastern United States.


0:27 – The day’s field work

1:48 – Annie’s intro

3:10 – Conservation before climbing

4:04 – Mat’s intro

4:54 – Conservation corps into Access Fund’s Conservation Team

7:26 – Cathedral Ledge and this year’s work

9:18 – Restore Rumney campaign

10:23 – Stewardship in a wet climate

12:30 – Best trail-building material

15:07 – Stewarding crags vs. bouldering areas

19:30 – The stewardship process

24:14 – What to expect at a stewardship day

27:04 – Volunteer coordination amidst COVID

30:47 – Project completion

32:18 – The team’s climbing experience

35:18 – Conservation team in your area

Climbing Area Stewardship- https://www.accessfund.org/learn/for-advocates/climbing-area-stewardship

Restoring Climbing Areas- https://www.accessfund.org/our-causes/sustainable-climbing-areas

Can Climbers Save the Economy- https://www.accessfund.org/open-gate-blog/a-bold-plan-can-climbers-help-save-the-economy

Appalachian Mountain Club- https://www.outdoors.org/

White Mountain Trail Collective- https://wmtrailcollective.org/

Vehicles for Charity- https://www.vehiclesforcharity.org/ (866) 628-2277