Meet the Access Fund

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John Dickey | Indian Creek, UT

Our Passion

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Greg Epperson | Joshua Tree, CA
No one loves our climbing landscapes and the experiences they offer quite the same way that climbers do. But we must be willing and committed to fight for them. Not just for access, but for the integrity of these amazing places.
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Our Approach

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John Dickey | Hueco Tanks, TX
Threats to climbing access come in many forms—private climbing areas put up for sale, land managers over-regulating climbing, user impacts degrading the climbing environment, landowners fearful of liability, the list goes on. Our approach to protecting climbing areas is as multifaceted as the threats.
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Our Network

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John Dickey | Lower Mill Creek, UT
United we are stronger. That is why a critical piece of our work is partnerships with local climbing advocates, pro athletes, climbing gyms, outdoor industry leaders, and the broader human-powered outdoor recreation community. Together, we protect America’s climbing.
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Our History

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Matt Stark | New River Gorge, WV
In the mid1980s, climbers began to see access problems popping up all across the country. It was the beginning of the sport climbing movement, and many land managers suddenly felt overwhelmed by the number of people climbing. With little knowledge about the sport, and no experience regulating it, climbing areas were being closed down.
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Our 2015 Work

In 2015, we saw continued growth in our operating budget and programs, allowing us to expand our policy and advocacy work and add a second mobile Conservation Team. We also made significant capital investments in the organization, including a new website and upgraded information systems that are improving how we communicate and manage our membership programs.
2015 Annual Report