Access Fund’s 2011 National Access & Stewardship Summit

If you all don’t know this organization yet, you should. The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering.

They rule, and are always doing great things.  The Experiment will be attending this years national Access & Stewardship Summit. I encourage you to join us there.


Access Fund’s 2011 National Access & Stewardship Summit

When: Friday, September 30- Sunday, October 2nd.
Where: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

What is the National Access & Stewardship Summit?
Join us for three days in Colorado to learn about protecting the places we play. Every year, the Access Fund hosts an educational summit that brings activists and volunteers together to learn about ways to preserve access to places we love and protect them for future generations. This year’s summit is going to be the biggest one yet! Whether you are interested in starting a local climbing organization, working with land managers on access issues, discussing conservation opportunities with private landowners, or simply want to know how you can get involved at your local crag, this summit will have something for you.

Who can come to the National Access & Stewardship Summit?
Anyone who is passionate about protecting America’s outdoor spaces can join us! There will be introductory topics for attendees new to the world of climbing access and expert workshops for the seasoned advocate.

What kinds of workshops will be offered at the National Access & Stewardship Summit?

Presentations will cover a range of topics, including stewardship and education, local support and mobilization, land conservation, and public policy. To incorporate all the presentations, the summit will have multiple concurrent tracks. At any one time, you will have the choice between three different presentations to attend. Below is a list of possible topics, but please let us know if you have other ideas. Email if you are interested in presenting. Tracks and potential topics include the following:


Stewardship & Education
How To Organize an Adopt-a-Crag
Trail Work 101
TeamWorks/ Youth Involvement
Crag Care Workshop at Golden Cliffs
Climber Education


Public Land Policy
Climbing Management 101
Raptor Management
Cultural Resources
Political Outreach 101
Decoding the NEPA Process
The Future of Fixed Anchors


LCO Support & Mobilization
How to Start an LCO
Building a Volunteer Base
Board/ Leadership Succession
Successful Fundraising


Land Conservation
Acquisitions 101
Advanced Conservation Workshop

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