As climbers, we know the magic of the outdoors. And we want to do our part to ensure this magic remains as climbing grows in popularity and climbing areas see an influx of traffic. The good news is most climbers love and respect the outdoors, following the imperative of “Leave No Trace” (LNT). As a business and community, we’re committed to leaving it better.
From supporting outdoor organizations and enthusiast-activists — such as Chris McNamara and Jim Thornburg — to participating in initiatives promoting best practices in outdoor climbing to picking up others’ trash, we have always contributed to bettering our outdoor climbing spaces.
Here are some other ways we have supported, and continue to support wilderness access and care:
- Long-term donor to Access Fund
- Key founding supporter of the ASCA (American Safe Climbing Association)
- Support the Yosemite Climbing Association (YCA) and its Facelift trash cleanup efforts
- Run frequent gym-to-crag clinics at Touchstone gyms
- Fundraise for local climbing organizations
- Participate in regional climbing area clean ups (NorCal & SoCal)
- Invite local climbing organizations to table at nearly all of our events
- Share Access Fund, BACC, and other organizations’ videos and educational resources on our platforms and in our messaging
- Helped fund the first climbing ranger in Yosemite when it was an unpaid position
- Created 6 Touchstone Tips videos to educate the community
- Funded and installed two informational kiosks at The Buttermilks — the world’s most popular bouldering area
- Hosted the Annual Bishop tabling to connect with the community in person
Learn more about our Outdoor Commitment by exploring our + STEWARDSHIP dropdown tab above.