Founded in 1991, Access Fund represents millions of climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. We are a community of climbing advocates who love our climbing landscapes and the experiences they offer—and we are willing and committed to fight for them. Not just for access, but for the integrity of these amazing places.
No one loves our climbing landscapes and the experiences they offer quite the same way that climbers do. But we must be willing and committed to fight for them. Not just for access, but for the integrity of these amazing places. As our sport continues to grow in popularity, overcrowding is stressing our outdoor landscapes beyond their ability to recover naturally. This not only threatens access, but it degrades the climbing experience that we hold so dear.
Today, 1 in 5 climbing areas in the United States are threatened—whether it's private land lost to development, public land managers over-regulating climbing, or climber impacts degrading the environment, the list of threats is long and constantly evolving. At Access Fund, we are on a mission to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment, and we want you to join us.
Outdoor Research and Access Fund have shared a partnership for over 15 years, supporting each other to protect public lands, restore climbing areas, inspire climbing advocacy, and provide mentorship and educational opportunities for climbers to create safer, better spaces for our community.
7 Surefire Ways to Lose Climbing Access
After 20-plus years of working to protect climbing access, the Access Fund has seen nearly every scenario for how to lose access to our precious crags and boulder fields. Some of those situations are beyond the control of the average climber. But the majority of access issues can be averted if climbers avoid some common pitfalls.