The American Alpine Club – The AAC is a community of climbers from boulderers to alpinists who have banded together to support the climbing way of life, protect the places we climb, and watch out for one another. www.americanalpineclub.org
The Access Fund – 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. www.accessfund.org
Mountain Project – MountainProject.com was founded in 2005 by two longtime climbing buddies and business partners, Andy Laakmann and Nick Wilder. Mountain Project aims to take climbing beta beyond the guidebook, and deliver personalization and community features for climbers across the globe.Community. www.mountainproject.com
The Flatirons Climbing Council – The Flatirons Climbing Council represents the interests of climbers in preserving and promoting responsible access to climbs in the City of Boulder Open Space. This includes the Flatirons as well as the Mickey Mouse area, Flagstaff, Sanitas, and portions of Eldorado and Boulder Canyons. http://flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an international organization that teaches people vital skills to minimize their impacts when they are outdoors. Leave No Trace is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics message used today on public lands across the nation by all types of outdoor recreationists. www.LNT.org
The Boulder Climbing Community (BCC) and Boulder Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU – Boulder Canyon_MOU_FS_BCC_FINAL [pdf]) to partner together on stewardship projects. There is a growing need to address stewardship in Boulder Canyon and BCC has taken the lead to work with all the various land agencies and partners to mobilize volunteers and resources to ensure climber access is sustainable for generations to come. Specifically, the MOU documents the cooperation between the USFS and BCC to work together towards stewardship and conservation programs and projects.
The BCC is an Access Fund affiliate local climbing organization that connects and supports the many climbers and climbing organizations in the Boulder area, to protect and care for the climbing areas along the Front Range, including Eldorado Canyon, the Flatirons, and Boulder Canyon. On a local level, MOUs like this play an important role in working cooperatively with land managers.
Each year REI awards grants “to grow and enhance diverse, accessible, and popular outdoor recreation places where our members recreate.” This year Boulder Climbing Community applied for an REI grant and was awarded $5000. As outlined in its proposal, BCC will use these funds to further its mission of trail stewardship in the Front Range. BCC work for 2014 will involve projects in Eldorado Canyon, the Flatirons, and Boulder Canyon.
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