Friday, November 14, 2014

The Pact

I'm a little late to the party on this, but I just got my Access Fund renewal letter in the mail and I want to re-direct everyone's attention to the Access Fund's ROCK Project initiative, which urges climbers to commit to The Pact and pledge to observe 10 basic practices when out climbing.  I agree wholeheartedly with AF's perception that climbing is at a "pivotal crossroads" right now, with the number of people interested in climbing growing as fast as it ever has and the resource staying more or less finite.  This rings especially true at this moment in the northwest bouldering community, with the bouldering population growing rapidly, new areas being developed at an impressive rate, and a cloud hanging over Gold Bar access.  Following the principles set forth in the The Pact is a great way to lead by example and help be a positive force in the climbing community, not to mention to "be a climber" and not an asshole.  Do it!!

Here is a nice video of one-third of the population of Boulder, Colorado urging you to commit to The Pact:

I'd urge everyone interested in climbing in the Northwest to visit the Access Fund's site, take The Pact, and donate what you can and become an Access Fund member.  In addition to its national influence, the Access Fund is a critical partner to the Washington Climbers Coalition, and it has an unmatched amount of influence and resources that can produce truly wonderful results when leveraged in a local community.  Take The Pact and commit to being a positive influence on the future of climbing!!

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