2022 Climbing Advocacy Conference - Agenda

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Bryan Miller

Welcome to Chattanooga and the 2022 Climbing Advocacy Conference. Check out the full agenda below or use the following navigation to jump to a specific day:

Friday, November 11

Chattanooga Convention Center - 1 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

8-9 a.m. ET Breakfast Or Yoga

Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee included in your registration in Room 13/14.

OR

You can choose to start the day with a class led by Jess Malloy of Yoga for Climbers and grab breakfast to go after the session. If attending yoga, bring along your own mat or towel if possible. Yoga is in Room 11.

9-9:15 a.m. ET Welcome - Room 13/14

The official kick off of the 2022 Climbing Advocacy Conference with opening remarks from climbing advocacy leaders.

Moderator:

  • Daniel Dunn, Southeast Regional Manager, Access Fund

Speakers:

  • Chris Winter, Executive Director, Access Fund

  • Meagan Evans, Executive Director, Southeastern Climbers Coalition

  • Scott Martin, Administrator, Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors/Office of Mayor Tim Kelly

9:15-10 a.m. ET Roundtable - Room 13/14

A favorite conference tradition: the roundtable. Everyone always walks away from the roundtable feeling inspired by the success stories of advocates doing whatever it takes to conserve their local crags. Many LCOs face similar challenges, and this is a chance to learn from fellow advocates. Bring a success story from your home region to share with the rest of the conference attendees, or just grab the mic and introduce yourself and your LCO.

Moderator:

  • Mike Morin, Northeast Regional Director, Access Fund

10:15-11:45 a.m. ET First Set of Sessions (choose one)


Protecting Cultural Resources - Room 12:
This session focuses on educating our communities to recognize and protect cultural resources at climbing areas.

Moderator:

  • Aaron Mike, Native Lands Regional Coordinator, Access Fund

Speakers:

  • Morgan Smith PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Access Fund & Founder, Indigenous Field Guide
  • Skye Kolealani Razon-Olds, Co-Founder, Kānaka Climbers & Founder, Indigenous Field Guide & Council Woman, O’ahu Nā Ala Hele Trails Council

LCO Development: Updating How You Engage Your Community - Room 15: Speakers will present new tools that LCOs can add to their marketing strategies to educate local climbers and rally support.

Moderator:

  • Andrea Hassler, Field Manager, Access Fund

Speakers:

  • Caleb Timmerman, Marketing Director, Southeastern Climbers Coalition
  • Emily Hernandez & Karson Leonard, Community Connections Conservation Team, Access Fund
  • Lauren Greco, Executive Director, CRAG-Vermont

11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET Group Photo

We’ll gather together to take a group photo of the largest gathering of climbing advocates in the country. Feel free to bring your LCO banner

12 - 1 p.m. ET Lunch or Yoga

Take some to connect with other advocates and enjoy a lunch that’s included in your conference registration in Room 13/14.

OR

Take a quick stretch with Jess Malloy of Yoga for Climbers. For those that attend, lunch will be easy to snag on your way to the next panel after yoga concludes. If attending yoga, bring along your own mat or towel if possible. Yoga is in Room 11.

1-2:30 p.m. ET Second Breakout Session (choose one)


Economic Impact of Climbing - Room 12:
Learn about the economic impact that visiting climbers can have in the region surrounding popular climbing areas.

Moderator:

  • Zachary Lesch-Huie, Vice President of Programs and Acquisitions, Access Fund

Speakers:

  • Andrew Bailey Ph.D., UF Foundation Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
  • Tom Lamb, Director, Hamilton County Parks
  • James Maples Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Billy Simek, Executive Director, Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition

The State of Climbing on State Lands - Room 15: Speakers will cover the potential challenges and unique opportunities advocates encounter when working with state land managers.

Moderator:

  • Daniel Dunn, Southeast Regional Manager, Access Fund

Speakers:

  • Kyle King, President, Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition
  • Dana Caracciolo, Treasurer, Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers
  • Mike Reardon, Executive Director, Carolina Climbers Coalition


    2:45-4:15 p.m. ET Third Set of Sessions (choose one)


    Exploring Land Manager Motivations - Room 12:
    This session is a deep dive discussion on patterns of land management decisions highlighted with specific examples of recent policy from across the country.

    Moderator & Speaker:

    • Erik Murdock, Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs, Access Fund

    Starting and Supporting Affinity Groups - Room 15: Community leaders explain how to start or grow an affinity group as well as the best ways to support these community leaders.

    Moderator:

    • Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Access Fund

    Speakers:

    • Brittany Leavitt, CEO, Brown Girls Climb
    • Kendall Martin, Founder, WeClimb
    • Tiffany Blount, Founder, Black Girls Boulder

    4:30-6:30 ET p.m. Happy Hour

    The Crash Pad - 29 Johnson St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

    Get to know other conference goers and enjoy some downtime at The Crash Pad. We'll be giving away swag and will provide free beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.

      Saturday, November 12

      Breakfast and Climbing Area Tours with Access Fund and Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC)

      Choose between four different crags, each with their own unique challenges and success stories, and hear from the advocates who were directly involved with the work. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided at the meeting spots for each climbing area tour location.

      Attendees must register for a climbing area tour to receive meeting location information. Register here.

      A NOTE ON TIMEZONES: Two of the tour options below are in a different time zone. Please note the time zone for your chosen location and plan accordingly.

      • Walden's Ridge Park:
        8-10 a.m. CT / 9-11 a.m. ET
        This session is in Eastern Time Zone.
        The advocacy work at Walden’s Ridge showcases successful partnerships with other user groups and the importance of building durable and sustainable infrastructure when given the opportunity. Topics include stewardship, managing multi-user recreation, working with land trusts, partnering with local municipalities, and establishing new climbing.
        • Speakers:
          Daniel Dunn, Southeast Regional Manager, Access Fund
          Kate Hanes, Stewardship Director, Southeastern Climbers Coalition
          Tom Lamb, Director, Hamilton County Parks
          Les Warnock, President, Southern Offroad Bicycle Association - Chattanooga
          Tim Laramore, Executive Director, North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy
          Gaston Farmer, Conservation Project Manager, The Land Trust for Tennessee

      • Wauhatchie Boulders:
        8-10 a.m. CT / 9-11 a.m. ET
        This session is in Eastern Time Zone.
        By working with the Lookout Mountain Conservancy, Access Fund was able to open up access to these downtown-adjacent boulders and build sustainable landing zones and trails in partnership with SCC. Topics include working with land trusts, stewardship, grant writing, urban accessibility, and establishing new climbing.
        • Speakers:
          Ty Tyler, Stewardship Director, Access Fund
          Meagan Evans, Executive Director, Southeastern Climbers Coalition
          Robyn Carlton, CEO, Lookout Mountain Conservancy

      • Castle Rock:
        9-11 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
        This session is in the Central Time Zone.
        Castle Rock proves the power of relationship building with private landowners. Hear more about how climbers engaged with the private landowner to secure access at Castle Rock. Topics include acquisitions, leases, and raptor management.
        • Speakers:
          Andrea Hassler, Stewardship Manager, Access Fund
          Caleb Timmerman, Marketing & Outreach Director, Southeastern Climbers Coalition
          Rick Huffines, Executive Director, Tennessee River Gorge Trust
          Eliot Berz, Director of Conservation and Access, Tennessee River Gorge Trust

      • Denny Cove:
        9-11 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
        This session is in the Central Time Zone.
        Access Fund and SCC partnered with state-level agencies and land trusts to protect Denny Cove, purchasing the property and then transferring it to Cumberland State Park for permanent ownership and management. Topics include acquisition, stewardship/buildout, partnerships, state level policy, establishing new climbing, working with land trusts, and data collection/GIS.
        • Speakers:
          Zachary Lesch-Huie, Vice President of Programs and Acquisitions, Access Fund
          Matthew Gant, Co-Chair of Fixed Anchor Committee, Southeastern Climbers Coalition
          George Shinn, Park Manager 2, South Cumberland State Park

      Climb!

      We’ll end the conference with a little bit of what brings us all together in the first place—climbing on some of the legendary Chatt sandstone.