Some of our prized climbing areas are littered with micro trash, social trails, excessive chalk, human waste, and are increasingly eroded and trampled. Overcrowding and excessive noise are impacting user experiences—but these are all impacts that we can control.

Landowners and managers are more cognizant than ever of the impacts of climbing—putting access at risk. If we don’t step up as a community and address these growing ecological and social impacts, then the story of our climbing future may be left for others to write and regulate.

The Access Fund is here to help you understand the sensitivities of each unique climbing environment, and give you the knowledge and tools to help you reduce your impact.

Photo Courtesy of:
Dan Holz | Trout Creek, OR

Part of what it means to be a skilled climber is to be a responsible user of the outdoor climbing environment.

Learn to Minimize Your Impact

ROCK Project

ROCK Project, launched in partnership with Black Diamond Equipment, is at the center of our education movement, working to inspire the climbing community to care for our climbing environments and raise awareness around responsible outdoor climbing practices. Learn more about the ROCK Project Tour.

Become a part of the ROCK Project movement by committing to The Pact—a promise to your fellow climbers that you will practice a set of responsible outdoor behaviors that protect climbing access.

Join the ROCK Project movement. Together we can protect access to our climbing areas now and in the future.

ROCK Project is made possible by the generous support of:

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