Episode #43

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
Brian Poon


About this Episode

This month, we're joined by Access Fund Southeast Regional Manager Daniel Dunn. Daniel has a unique perspective to share, thanks to his work with the Boulder Climbing Community and Front Range Climbing Stewards. We discuss his new role with Access Fund and his dedication to stewardship.

Now working regionally, Daniel collaborates with local climbing organizations, land managers, and other partners to advocate for climbing in the Southeast. We discuss what it takes to run a successful stewardship and anchor replacement program, climbing access and management differences in the Eastern and Western United States, opportunities for climbing conservation in the Southeast, and some of the major projects on his plate.

Listen in to hear more about Daniel’s career in stewardship and the latest happenings in the Southeast.

5:28 - Daniel’s intro
12:20 - Stewardship beginnings
20:13 - Anchor Replacement Program
28:27 - Retrofitting climbing areas
34:18 - What makes a successful stewardship program
39:04 - Agreements with land managers
41:17 - Southeast Regional Manager
47:45 - Rural climbing opportunities in Appalachia
52:34 - Climbing management in the eastern and western U.S.
57:31 - New acquisition in North Carolina
1:00:31 - Climbing Conservation Loan Program
1:02:38 - Other conservation opportunities in the Southeast
1:05:52 - Access Fund’s 2022 Annual Conference

Annual Conference details and registration: https://www.accessfund.org/pages/advocacy-conference-2022

Boulder Climbing Community: https://www.boulderclimbers.org/

Front Range Climbing Stewards: https://www.boulderclimbers.org/trails

Carolina Climbers Coalition: https://carolinaclimbers.org/

The Maibauer Boulders acquisition: https://www.accessfund.org/news-and-events/news/climbers-buy-new-boulder-field-in-north-carolina