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Climbing is at risk.
Right now, land managers across the country are reeling from a record number of climbers visiting crags and boulder fields this summer, with some seeing up to a 300% increase! You can only imagine the impact this level of visitation has on the climbing landscapes we love. Belay areas have become barren, trails are crumbling, trees are dying, and trash and poop continue to plague our most popular crags. There are solutions to these problems, but we must act now before we lose access to these special places.
Black Diamond has come forward to match all donations from individual climbers—up to $80,000—to help Access Fund restore climbing areas and combat restrictions. Donate now at www.accessfund.org/support to double your contribution.
Access Fund is working urgently to create a sustainable future for climbing and they’re making good progress, but they need to scale these efforts up in a big way:
- Design sustainable climbing areas that can withstand the impacts from more climbers—this means professionally built trails, reinforced belay areas, composting toilets, educational signage, etc.
- Deploy more Climber Stewards, like they did at Indian Creek this year, to give climbers the information they need to recreate responsibly at our most popular crags.
- Build relationships with more land managers so that they can collaborate on creative solutions versus allowing areas to be closed or highly restricted.
We can’t afford to put this problem off until next month or next year. We’ve reached the crux—and major restrictions and closures are coming if we don’t act quickly.
Will you chip in to help Access Fund ramp up this critical work? Donate today and Black Diamond will match your gift, sending 2x the amount of funds to tackle these challenges—before we become our own greatest threat to climbing access.
Access Fund has your back, but they can’t do this critical work alone. The future of climbing depends on climbers like us.