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Top 10 Access Victories Of 2013

2013 was a big year for the Access Fund.

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Access Fund Holiday Packs

The 2013 edition of the always popular Access Fund Holiday Packs are now on sale.  Give someone (or yourself) the gift of access this holiday season and they can get some nice bonus schwag thrown in.

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Educate For Access

Joe Kinder, on his time at the Educate For Access event held recently in New York:

In some ways I am the wrong person to speak about this… I mean HELL, I thought I knew all the etiquette and general do’s and don’ts… but like most of my friends… I didn’t.  Maybe this whole experience makes me the right person.

The timing of this conference couldn’t have been better.

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Can Climbers Think More Clearly About Ethics?

Peter Beal weighs in on Junipergate:

I think Joe has received enough of a shellacking from everyone else and I consider him a friend so I am not going to deliver a sermon on why cutting the tree down was a bad idea. But I am going to take issue with his defenders who are among other things  betraying a fundamental lack of understanding of how the sport of climbing actually works. Fundamental to this is an understanding of the principal issues at stake in making ethical decisions, issues that many, in fact too many, internet commenters seem willfully ignorant of.

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Petzl Responds To Joe Kinder Situation

Petzl, one of Joe Kinder’s sponsors, weighs in on Junipergate:

But as actions speak louder than words, we’re encouraged that in addition to paying a fine to the Forest Service, Joe has also decided to donate $1,000 to the Sierra Nevada Alliance, whose mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. Joe will also donate a week of his time to tree planting and other service in Yosemite National Park.

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We appreciate Joe’s apology and his willingness to back it up with action. We believe that every mistake is an opportunity for growth and learning. With this in mind, we will be funding a new communications program in partnership with the Access Fund.

Sure seems like some good is going to come out of this after all.

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Kinder Kind Of Climbers

In the nearly 1,000 posts about Junipergate on Supertopo I found at least one redeeming item in the form of this post on Wavehaven Adventures:

If someone proclaims that they are the most influential rock star around, then they better be able to produce the whole package. The package, as the saying goes, is that with freedom comes responsibility. Kinder’s freedom to climb just about anywhere in the world as a professional climber is an incredible luxury. One might think that as a world wide climbing ambassador he would follow basic ethical standards set forth through the collective climbing community. He botched it big time by breaking that trust, but in some ways so has the climbing community. Trashing him is so blatantly counter-productive. If the community would stop bitching him out and take a deep breath we might actually get something more constructive out of this- like giving Kinder a chance to redeem himself.

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