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Access Fund's – Relaunched, Remixed, Reborn

The Access Fund's boulderProject website,, is reborn!

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The Access Fund’s boulderProject website,, is reborn! is a virtual community of climbers who understand the boulderProject mantra—climbers, the environment, and access are all connected. Along with the growing community of “peeps”, provides educational resources, a media gallery, and a gateway to activism and stewardship.

Climbers can enter personal bios and photos “creating a motivating, community-building illustration that climbers, by their very nature, care about the places they play and understand their role in keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment,” says Kristo Torgersen, the Access Fund’s Associate Programs Director and head of the boulderProject. will play an important role in showing climbers and land managers that there is a movement around the boulderProject message of minimum impact climbing and conservation. “It solidifies climbers, strengthens their voice, provides tips and resources, and celebrates climbing,” says Steve Matous, Access Fund Executive Director.

Conceived as a community effort, the boulderProject is made possible through the dedication of climbers. “Our sport crosses so many boundaries—age, religion, sex, politics,” said prAna founder and president, Beaver Theodosakis. “The Access Fund is very effective at bringing together those who care about the environment and the future of climbing. We’re all in this together and need to play active roles,” Theodosakis continued.

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“It’s amazing to see the community that is forming and growing around the boulderProject message. It’s fundamental and imperative for climbers to always be aware that they have the absolute power in having places to climb. The boulderProject unifies us as a community and makes all climbers stronger,” adds Joe Iurato, Urban Climber Magazine Editor-in-Chief. Urban Climber provided 100% of the funding and web development for the new boulderProject website.


1) Visit to add your bio and show that you are part of the community. Help spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

2) Access Fund Corporate and Community Partners, add your company bio to the Peeps section as well.

3) Contact Kristo Torgersen ( to find out how you can get further involved with the boulderProject

The boulderProject is an Access Fund initiative that is driven by climbers and the climbing industry. A big thanks goes out to Urban Climber and Blue Sky Designs, LLC who designed and funded development of the site. MoutainGear for providing initial seed money to get the boulderProject off the ground. REI, Metolius, prAna, Scarpa, Black Diamond, and Heath Norton for making the boulderProject a reality. Andrew Burr, Keith Ladzinski, Matt Stark, Nathan Welton for their photo contributions making the site look sweet. Climbing, Rock & Ice, and Urban Climber for contributing valuable advertising space to get the boulderProject message out there. And the many others who have attended countless meetings and have helped guide the development of the boulderProject.

Since 1991, the Access Fund has been the only national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in ALL forms of climbing; rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: public policy, stewardship & conservation (including grants), grassroots activism, climber education, and land acquisition. For more information visit or