Over the weekend of November 1st, representatives of local climbing organizations, gyms, pro climbers, and other climbing advocates gathered at the Mohonk Preserve Vistor’s Center to discuss and formulate strategies for educational outreach to lessen the impact to our climbing areas. With the influx of climbers being introduced to the sport, impacts to access, the environment, and user experiences are growing. The Access Fund hopes to prevent that by instilling climbers with a stewardship and low-impact ethic to protect climbing access.
Representatives of the GCC were in attendance, and Tim Keenan, co-chair of the GCC, presented our Gym-to-Crag program, in its entirety, for the first time. It was very well received and lots of enthusiastic discussion followed into the evening.
The GCC hosted a BBQ for the attendees that evening on the patio and a thoughtful and good time was had by all.
Professional climber, Joey Kinder, attended the summit and summed it up nicely in his blog post, Educate for Access.