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August 16, 2006, Boulder, COâ€”The Access Fund would like to extend a special thank you to our friends and Partners who took time out of their busy schedules at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market to help raise funds to keep us all climbing. Approximately $5,000 was raised over the four day show through a variety of efforts.
The Scarpa/Urban Climber Magazine party celebrating the Access Fund’s 15th anniversary included a huge raffle including more than 20 Access Fund partners showed more can be accomplished when we work together as a community. Thanks to Kim and all at Scarpa and Mark and the Urban Climber gang for putting the event together and making it all happen.
The Prana/Revolution SendFest After Party was a smashing success as a packed-to-fire-code Club Vegas drank their way to conserving access for future generations (a truly selfless act). Special thanks to Beaver and the Prana crew, Clark and the Revolution crew, all of our Ambassadors who joined the fun, and importantly the ABS crew for putting on a stellar comp.
If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Fortress Watch during the show, you were also lucky enough make a contribution to the Access Fund. Thanks to Andy and the Fortress gang for getting the Access Fund word out and help raise some dough.
Additionally, thanks to all the volunteers who kept the AF booth running, The North Face for contributing a couch and table for the AF booth, the AF Ambassadors who participated in our special events, and those who dragged themselves out of bed early on Saturday morning to collaborate on the boulderProject at the boulderProject website â€œsoft-launchâ€ meeting.
This year’s summer OR showed that keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment is a community-wide effort. On behalf of climbers across the country, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped put the Access Fund’s message front and center amidst their busy schedules.
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 www.accessfund.org/ or www.boulderproject.org/