Dan Nordstrom, Outdoor Research CEO and former Access Fund Board President, writing about the “existential crisis” the Access Fund faced in 2007:
Climbers had come to rely on the Access Fund to be there when a climbing area was threatened with any kind of closure. Whether the access restriction was related to raptors or real estate developers, climbers assumed the Access Fund would take on the bad guys when they came knocking. But what most climbers didn’t know was that there was no “fund,” despite our name.
The ultimate result of this crisis was the creation of the Access Fund’s Land Conservation Campaign which has been a resounding success raising over $1.6 million and already aiding in multiple crag purchase situations.
The Access Fund relies on our support for this type of initiative, so if you’re not already a member or you let your membership lapse like I did1, now is a great time to show your support. And if you’re looking to give the climber in your life a great gift, the Access Fund once again has great holiday packages on sale that include an Access Fund membership in addition to some sweet schwag.
- Embarrassing, I know ↩