New slate of Members Gyms will help prepare the next generation to climb responsibly in the outdoors
BOULDER, Colo. – Today, Access Fund announced the return of its Member Gym program, which was paused during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new slate of member gyms covers every corner of the nation, bringing together small gyms and multi-facility chains to support Access Fund’s mission of protecting and conserving the land, fighting for sustainable access, and building a community of inspired advocates.
“The future of climbing depends on all of us working together,” says Access Fund director of philanthropy Heather Distad. “We’re thrilled to partner with these gyms in the work to prepare the next generation for climbing responsibly outside. By supporting national climbing advocacy, conservation, innovative indoor-to-outdoor education programs, local stewardship opportunities, and programmatic efforts that promote sustainable climbing access, they’re creating a better future for our entire climbing community.”
Access Fund Member Gyms help prepare the next generation to climb responsibly in the outdoors. They support national climbing advocacy, innovative indoor-to-outdoor education programs, local stewardship opportunities, and programmatic efforts that support sustainable climbing access. Gym partnerships start at $100 per year through a joint Access Fund/Climbing Wall Association Dual Membership program. A full list of Member Gym benefits can be found on the Access Fund website.
“Gym owners and managers know that community is a key part of their success,” continues Distad. “Climbing gyms are where we connect with fellow climbers, refine our technique, and deepen our love for the sport, which is why it’s so critical that these gyms are helping to define what it means to be a responsible outdoor climber.”
Access Fund’s inaugural 2023 Member Gyms are:
*Access Fund/CWA Dual Member Gym
Platinum Plus ($10,000+)
Touchstone Climbing Inc*
The Cliffs Climbing Gyms*
Doylestown Rock Gym*
G1 Climbing + Fitness LLC*
New Mexico State University*
The Project House, LLC – Vertical Ventures Climbing Gym*
The Rock Club, LLC*
Rock Haven Climbing LLC*
Spire Climbing Center*
Sportrock Climbing Centers*
Ubergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag*
Washington and Lee University*
Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that leads and inspires the climbing community toward sustainable access and conservation of the climbing environment. Access Fund represents more than 8 million climbers nationwide in its work to protect and conserve the land, fight for sustainable access, and build a community of inspired advocates. Access Fund staff has more than 100 years of public policy and advocacy experience and has permanently protected nearly 4 million acres of public land across the country and established climbers as a powerful voice in the fight to protect public lands. For more information, visit accessfund.org.
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