AAC Secures 40 Acres for New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground


12/21/10 – The American Alpine Club (AAC) has purchased 40 acres of land in Fayetteville, West Virginia, within walking distance of rock climbing at the New River Gorge. The AAC’s plan is to build a campground for climbers at this location.

This purchase was made possible by the generosity of AAC donors along with other financing. Notably, just over one-third of the funding was a loan from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign. The property was chosen by local climbers and the New River Alliance of Climbers.

Providing lodging facilities is central to the AAC’s vision of supporting the climbing way of life by improving benefits for members and other climbers, said AAC Executive Director Phil Powers: “We are building on the tradition that started with the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch. Lodging options within walking distance from great climbing supports the climbing lifestyle we all enjoy. We hope to create a facility that meets climbers’ needs and adds opportunities for climbers to gather and share their stories.”

The campground will be located a short walk from numerous popular cliffs. In addition to the parcel’s central cragging location, limited bouldering exists on-site. Completion of the campground is expected to take at least two years.

The proposed campground is expected to house 50-60 campsites, bathrooms and showers, a cooking pavilion, library or meeting space, and manager’s quarters. As with other AAC campgrounds, the property will be developed specifically with climbers in mind and will allow for extended stays at inexpensive rates.

About The American Alpine Club - The American Alpine Club provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The Club manages a climbers’ campground in Grand Teton National Park, publishes the world’s most sought after annual climbing publication, the American Alpine Journal, cares for the world’s leading mountaineering library and offers annual climbing, conservation, and research grants to budding adventurers. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org. Join the AAC’s online community at facebook.com/americanalpineclub.

About the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign - The Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) is the first-ever multimillion-dollar revolving loan program that gives local climbing organizations and other agencies the money and power they need to act swiftly to protect valuable climbing resources. The AFLCC provides short-term loans and transaction expertise to enable rapid protection of at-risk climbing locations through direct acquisitions, leases, easements, and other tactics. By providing this expertise and bridge financing for time-sensitive projects, the AFLCC gives climbing organizations the opportunities to finalize take-out strategies or raise money over a longer period of time. The AFLCC also offers grants for direct conservation efforts, including acquisitions and other projects that protect climbing areas on private land. More at accessfund.org/aflcc.