Advocacy organization The Access Fund has awarded more than $20,000 as part of its Climbing Preservation Grant program. The grants are given to local activist groups dedicated to conserving climbing environments.
Among the eight groups receiving grants are:
Yosemite Climbing Association, which will use funds to help with outreach for the 2011 Yosemite Facelift volunteer effort, taking place September 21-25. The event includes projects such as debris removal and, for the first time, restoration of climbing trails.Boulder Climbing Community (BCC), a startup group whose purpose is to bring together climbers and organizations in the Boulder, Colorado area. The funds will go toward converting the BCC into a nonprofit, as well as improving the company's branding and visibility.
New Mexico CRAG, which will use the money to restore and enhance the Diablo Canyon basalt climbing area near Santa Fe. General areas of development will include parking, trail framework, and signage to publicize climbing opportunities.
The remaining recipients, along with application guidelines for future grants, can be found at accessfund.org.
The Access Fund is also involved in a new partnership with Paradox Sports, a group that supports disabled athletes participating in human-powered outdoor activities. The project is designed to promote open mountain access; Mammut Sports Group and Mountain Gear are also involved. As part of the program, disabled athletes will climb three peaks: Mt. Baker in Washington and Castleton Tower in Utah, both in September, and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in March 2012.