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On 14 and 15 November, the Access Fund is organising its annual Climbing Advocacy Conference. For the first time the event will be exclusively online and open to international attendees.

The theme this year is “A Global Perspective on Local Solutions” and currently speakers from ten different countries will participate. The UIAA will be represented at the event through its Access Working Group. Other UIAA Commissions, delegates and UIAA member associations are invited to attend. Registration is open and it is free. You can find out more information, the complete agenda and register at

The Access Fund is a nonprofit that works to open and maintain access into rock climbing areas across the US. It hosts this conference each year to bring together the climbing community for a series of panels, workshops, and meetings to discuss access solutions and to network with each other.

You can also sign up through the event through the dedicated Facebook event link.


Access Fund’s Annual Climbing Advocacy Conference is a gathering of more than 150 dedicated and passionate organisations, climbing advocates, and conservationists from across the U.S. and this year, around the world. Its conference is the leading climbing advocacy and conservation conference in the U.S., and the largest gathering of local climbing organizations focused on protecting access to climbing areas. This event will offer more than a dozen sessions focused on climbing conservation and advocacy topics: public lands, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, trails and infrastructure, rebolting, mobilizing and engaging your climbing community, fundraising, climbing’s economic impact, and much more.

This year, the Climbing Advocacy Conference will be entirely virtual. For the first time, the conference is open to international attendees and speakers to learn how advocates across the globe are gaining and maintaining climbing access.

Registrants will be able to:

  • Attend all panels and meetings
  • Connect with an international bevy of climbing advocates
  • Access recordings of all sessions

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