Meet the Access Fund

Photo Courtesy of:
John Dickey | Hueco Tanks, TX

Our Approach

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.

  • Climbing Policy & Advocacy

    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. Learn More

  • Land Acquisition & Protection

    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. Learn More

  • Stewardship & Conservation

    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. Learn More

  • Risk Management & Landowner Support

    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… Learn More

  • Local Support & Mobilization

    The first and best line of defense for a local access issue is almost always the local climbers who are familiar with the area and the issues. That’s why a critical piece of our work is establishing local climbing organizations and working to make them as effective as possible. When an access issue occurs in your backyard, who will be there to help? Learn More

  • Education

    Twenty years ago, a day out climbing often meant you were unlikely to see another soul. If you strayed off a trail or dropped a piece of tape, it had limited impact. Today, there are millions 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. Learn More