2019 Annual Summit

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The Future of Climbing

October 11-12, 2019
Seattle, WA

Join us for the largest national gathering of climbing and conservation advocates! Access Fund’s Annual Summit is an extraordinary weekend rally of the climbing and conservation community, traveling to a different city each year.

The Annual Summit consists of two event functions: the Climbing Advocacy Summit workshops and Summit Celebration dinner. Any and all are welcome to join us for one or both activities. We are proud to host this event in the beautiful city of Seattle on October 11-12, 2019.

This year's theme is "The Future of Climbing". The time is now to discuss and plan for both the excitement and challenges our community will face. Learn more about this exciting weekend below.

2019 Summit Celebration Dinner Keynotes Announced!

With this year's theme encompassing "The Future of Climbing", we are excited to hear these speakers' stories and ideas for where our community is headed...and how Access Fund fits in. Learn more about Nikki, Mikey, and Brittany below.


Climbing Advocacy Summit Workshops

Friday, October 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and
Saturday, October 12 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Mountaineers | Northeast Seattle

Calling all local climbing organizations, volunteers, and passionate climbers! For only $25, join us for a day and a half of workshops, panel discussions, and training sessions that 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.

Take a look at the agenda to get an idea of what to expect.


    • Early Bird Special: $25 per ticket on or before August 26.
    • $35 per ticket August 27 - October 4.
Photo credit: Chris Vultaggio Photography, Brad Wenskoski Photography, D.E. Todd

Summit Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 12 | 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Seattle Marriott Waterfront | Downtown Seattle

On the evening of Saturday, October 12, over 350 climbing and conservation community members will come together at the table. Here, attendees raise a glass to Access Fund’s work, enjoy unique silent and live auctions, hear the 2018 Climbing Advocacy Awards, and fuel the ongoing effort to protect and conserve America’s climbing areas. This unforgettable evening will be a chance to connect with friends, celebrate our access and conservation successes, and inspire us all for future action. Check out our keynote speaker line up below.

TICKET INFORMATION: Registration is now CLOSED.*

*Interested in a Summit Celebration dinner ticket? Please email heather@accessfund.org!

Individual Tickets:

    • Early Bird Special: $175 per ticket on or before August 26.
    • $200 per ticket August 27 - October 4.

Table for 10:

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*We prefer that tables are purchased via check instead of through our ticketing system to avoid transaction fees. Please read the guidelines to understand this process.

    • Early Bird Special: $1,750 per table on or before August 26.
    • $2,000 per table August 27 - October 4.


With this year's theme encompassing "The Future of Climbing", we are excited to hear these speakers' stories and ideas for where our community is headed...and how Access Fund fits in.

Nikki Smith: Smith likes to say that she is a climber, photographer, and writer who just happens to be transgender. For 20 years now, Smith has been a part of the vibrant outdoor industry, from award-winning photography to soul-bearing writing to graphic design, illustration, product design and more. Not only is she a talented artist and advocate, but Smith also heavily participates in the outdoor sports she works in. She is currently an ambassador representing REI, Mountain Hardwear, Grivel, Liberty Mountain, ORGANIC Climbing, Bronwen Jewelry, and more. Whether it’s on the rock face or behind the camera, Smith is all in, showing up and being seen.

Mikey Schaefer: Schaefer is a lifelong climber and world-famous visual storyteller, with photography featured in iconic publications including National Geographic Magazine, Alpinist Magazine, and Outside Magazine, as well as work in cinematography featured on 60 Minutes, Fox Searchlight and more. Schaefer served as a Director of Photography for the Academy Award winning film Free Solo, and is a tireless advocate for protecting climbing areas and their environments. Schaefer has been working with Access Fund for many years.

Brittany Leavitt: Leavitt has spent the last six years pursuing her passion to lead and teach others the enjoyment of the outdoors, while also heavily focusing on clearing pathways for the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Leavitt is a leader in the outdoor community, ensuring that all voices are heard and representation is true, working with organizations such as Outdoor Afro, Brown Girls Climb, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and REI. She has taken on the biggest role to date at the Director of Operations for the annual POC-led climbing festival, Color The Crag Climbing Festival.

Photo credit: Chris Vultaggio Photography, Brad Wenskoski Photography

Plan Your Trip

Book a room with our discounted group rate and check out local tips for getting around Seattle! Reservations must be made by September 13 to receive the group rate.

Invite Your Friends

Share this page with your climbing friends, family, and community! Join the Facebook event page to receive event announcements and updates. This is a weekend not to miss!

Photo credit: Chris Vultaggio Photography, Brad Wenskoski Photography

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Have questions about the event weekend? Contact event gurus Heather Distad and Jenna Winkler at events@accessfund.org!