We’ve always loved Matt Ulery, from when he worked front desk at Berkeley Ironworks to his current position as part of the Touchstone retail staff. Matt has done so much for the climbing community by founding the Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and we are so proud to see him recognized in Climbing Magazine‘s “The Givers” feature.
“The Givers” is a six-part series highlighting people in climbing who are working to make our sport and our outdoor spaces safe, clean, and accessible. Through BACC and in collaboration with the Access Fund, Matt has worked hard to keep our local community engaged with climber stewardship, from Adopt-A-Crag clean ups to trail building to rebolting projects. From Climbing,
Instead of seeing the downside of more climbers in the Bay Area, Ulery celebrates how our increased numbers now give us a “seat at the table” in policy decisions. […] Sure, the newbies need guidance; however, argues Ulery, get people hooked on climbing, and all of a sudden we have an eager audience in which to instill a love for wild places and the corresponding ethics. And that, Ulery believes, is community.
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