Mission & Vision

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Louis Arevalo

Access Fund is a nonprofit advocacy organization that leads and inspires the climbing community toward sustainable access and conservation of the climbing environment. Join the movement today.

Climbing in Linville Gorge Wilderness. Ancestral lands of the S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) and Catawba. Photo © Bryan Miller | Fixed Line Media.

It’s Our Fight Together

Every climber finds something different on the rock: pure joy, limitless challenge, wild freedom, like-minded community. Whatever you seek, all climbers should have the opportunity to revel in it and be inspired to care for the special places where they find it. That’s where Access Fund comes in.

Access Fund was founded in 1991 to fight for legal and physical access to the places we love to climb—and we've largely won that battle. Now, we face a new set of challenges as a result of the sport’s explosive growth. Land managers are no longer asking themselves whether or not we should be allowed to climb, but whether we can do so sustainably without destroying the places we love. With over 30 years of advocacy victories under our belts, Access Fund is uniquely positioned to meet the new challenges head-on to fight for sustainable access, protect and conserve the land, and build a nationwide community of inspired advocates.

To ensure a sustainable future for climbing, we must scale up our efforts to keep pace with the exponential growth in climbing. Become a member of the largest and fastest-growing community of advocates working to protect America’s climbing.

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© Joe Sambataro

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Our Work

Six core programs support our mission on national and local levels:

  • Climbing policy and advocacy
  • Stewardship and conservation
  • Local support and mobilization
  • Land acquisition and protection
  • Risk management and landowner support
  • Education

Access Fund is a certified land trust, advocates for climbers at the local and national levels, and maintaining active Memorandums of Understanding with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management.