2018 Annual Event

Photo Courtesy of:
© Chris Vultaggio

Celebrating Climbing and Conservation

Thank you for joining us in New York City!

Our 2018 Annual Event was a huge success. On September 22, over 120 climbing advocates from across the country gathered to talk about conserving America's climbing areas for the Climbing Advocacy Summit. Check out a recap of the Summit here!

That same evening, over 325 climbing and conservation community members joined us for a celebratory evening dinner. Our engaging emcee, Timmy O'Neill, entertained us and helped us reach our fundraising goals. Legendary climber, Lynn Hill, also took the stage to speak on her experiences - from starting her career in the Gunks to joining Access Fund in our policy efforts in Washington, D.C.. Plus, we had the honor of presenting the 2017 Sharp End Awards to an incredible group of advocates from around the country.

To view photos from this year's event, check out our Facebook album. This event was made possible by the generous support of Patagonia.

Coming next fall: Our 2019 Annual Event will be hosted in Seattle!


Celebrating Climbing and Conservation Dinner

September 22, 2018 | 5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Edison Ballroom | New York, NY

SOLD OUT! As of September 18, our Celebrating Climbing and Conservation Dinner is at capacity!

This is Access Fund’s biggest party of the year! Gather with your fellow climbers and charismatic emcee, Timmy O'Neill, to enjoy a 1920’s-inspired cocktail hour, a keynote address from world-renowned climber Lynn Hill, live and silent auctions, and the much-anticipated presentation of our 2017 Sharp End Awards. This unforgettable evening will be a chance to connect with friends, celebrate our access and conservation successes, and fuel the ongoing effort to protect America’s public lads and climbing areas.


Climbing Advocacy Summit

September 22, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Reed Smith | New York, NY

SOLD OUT! As of August 23, our Climbing Advocacy Summit is at capacity!

Calling all local climbing organizations, volunteers, and passionate climbers! For only $25, this full day of workshops, panel discussions, and training sessions will provide you with the tools you need to advocate for and protect the climbing areas you love. This is a great opportunity to learn new advocacy skills and play an important role in protecting America’s climbing areas and wild places. Check out the Climbing Advocacy Summit agenda!


Become a Sponsor

Become a sponsor of our annual event and reap marketing benefits that will highlight your brand to more than 300 athletes, industry leaders, and climbing advocates, as well as through social media and email blasts to the Access Fund community. Will you join us?

Summit Schedule

Want to learn more about the Climbing Advocacy Summit? The Summit agenda provides insight on sessions, panels, speakers, and more. Check out what to expect at the full-day Summit. Celebrating Climbing and Conservation Dinner details will be added soon!

Plan Your Trip

Traveling around the Big Apple can be cruxy. Learn more about your accommodation, carpooling, and travel options. We look forward to seeing you in New York City!

Invite Your Friends

Share this page with your climbing friends, family, and community! Join the Facebook event page to receive event announcements and updates. Whether you choose to attend the Summit, Dinner, or both, this is a weekend not to miss!