03/20/2020

Stuck at Home? Build A Climbing Advocate Toolkit

Stuck in quarantine? Take a break from the Netflix binge, and spend some time building out your climbing advocate tool kit. Our staff and advocates have curated some of their favorite climbing advocacy finds and provided links below.

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© Bryan Miller | Fixed Line Media

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Set Up

Stock Your Pack

We recommend having a few advocacy essentials in your climbing pack at all times:

Restop 2 bags. Sh*t happens. If restrooms aren’t available at the climbing area, packing it out is the most environmentally responsible thing to do. And it’s much easier and less disgusting than you might think. Check out this how-to video.

Boar's hair brush. Clean off unsightly chalk and tick marks without damaging the rock. Too much chalk on the rock is concerning for land managers, and it also undermines the self-discovery and problem-solving aspects of climbing.

Small trash bags. These compostable dog poop bags are great not only for cleaning up after your dog, but also handy to have in your pack to clean up micro-trash (think bar wrappers, bits of tape, orange peels, etc.) at the crag.


Wear Your Cause

When you wear the cause, you inspire others to advocacy as well. Here are some of our favorites:

Access Fund member shirt. Help protect America’s climbing, and get a great shirt with original artwork!


Metolius–Access Fund chalk bag. Give your chalk a stylish home, and support a good cause. A percentage of proceeds come back to Access Fund.


Long Live Public Lands shirt. This Access Fund shirt has one-of-a-kind artwork, and it’s super-comfy.


2020 Climbing Advocate sticker. Free when you pledge to vote.



Build a Volunteer Trail Day Kit

Once it’s safe to hit the trails again, we’ll have our work cut out for us restoring climbing areas. Get your volunteer tool kit ready, and answer the call:

Safety glasses. Protect your eyes from rocks and debris with these affordable safety glasses—a must-have for most trail days.


Rubber work gloves. These are cheap and have good grip, but they don't last as long as the leather option below.


Leather work gloves. These last longer and are a better option if you plan to make trail work a more regular thing.


Sun hat. A lightweight sun hat is a good way to protect your face and neck from the sun during volunteer days. This is a great breathable version with a number of color options.


Sunscreen. Make sure you have a good, natural sunscreen in your volunteer kit. Here's a mineral sunscreen that we like.


Biodegradable trash bags. Most organized litter cleanups will provide volunteers with bags, but it never hurts to have some on hand when you’re feeling inspired to do your own litter cleanup.


Clif Bars. Clif Bars offer essential fuel for a day of trail work, and the company gives back to nonprofits, including Access Fund.


Advocate Reading List

Use some of your copious amounts of free time to brush up on your climbing advocacy skills.

That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands. Nearly 60% of climbing areas in the U.S. are located on federal public lands. Brush up on the history and future of public lands.


Tools for Grassroots Activists. This is a great book, published by Patagonia, with best practices for participating in the environmental movement.


The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. Chronicles the first all–African American summit attempt on Denali, the highest point in North America. Part adventure story, part history, and part argument for the importance of inspiring future generations to value nature.


Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Look beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans.

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© Joe Sambataro

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