Access Fund is dedicated to keeping access to our favorite rocks and climbing areas available to us. In 2013 alone the Access Fund preserved access in 126 climbing areas and propelled a new program called Educate for Access that is dedicated to informing climbers how to minimize their impact. The Access Fund’s work in the region ranges from the unlocking Jailhouse Rock in Jamestown, CA to the Indian Rock Park Clean up in the Berkeley hills.
Last November, the Berkeley Ironworks staff took it upon themselves to raise money for the Access Fund. Chances are you even helped out! Customers made micro-donations, like putting $.25 towards your $4.75 Clif Bar purchases to make the $5 credit card minimum. They also held a raffle where members could buy one of the magnificent photographs by local artists Mike Reynolds and Mike Bonkowski.
Our local athletes even stepped up to help the cause. The pro climber silent auction with rock stars like Alex Honnold, Beth Rodden, Ethan Pringle, and Joe Kinder allowed our members to donate to a great cause and get amazing instruction. All in all, the Berkeley Ironworks community raised over $8,000 in donations!
Although Access Fund is a growing organization, their hard work can’t be realized without your help. We’re hoping that in 2014 we can continue to assist Access Fund in their endeavors and bring education to the members that have help shaped our amazing community.
Ask the front desk at your local Touchstone Climbing gym about our outreach and preservation efforts!