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First Annual Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grants Awarded

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Golden, CO—The American Alpine Club (AAC) is proud to announce the recipients of the first annual Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grant. This year, $25,000 will go toward multiple local projects: human waste management systems, road and parking improvements, trail work, signage, camping improvements, and more.

New for 2011, the Cornerstone Conservation Grant has grown out of a decade of American Alpine Club underwriting and volunteerism. The AAC has established new trails and human-waste management policies at Utah’s Castleton Tower and Indian Creek climbing areas, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Lumpy Ridge in Colorado, and Alaska’s Denali National Park.

AAC Members expressed their desire for more locally distributed grants and conservation efforts in Member Surveys and the Cornerstone program was born. All Cornerstone Grant awards are applied for by and distributed to local climbers or local climbing organizations, in concert with local AAC Sections. The Club will award $25,000 every year through the Cornerstone Program.

Read more about the grant at

This inaugural year’s awardees:

• The Southeast Climbers’ Coalition—Boat Rock Waste Management Solution. Southwest of Atlanta, GA. Awarded $7,500 toward the construction of a vault toilet near this popular climbing area. The SCC continues to fundraise for this project.

• Smith Rock Group—Smith Rock Spring Thing 2012. Smith Rock State Park, near Bend, OR. Awarded $4,155 for trail work projects to stabilize trails and minimize erosion during the upcoming Spring Thing Event. The Smith Rock Group needs more support in order to complete their anchor replacement goals.

• Arkansas Climbers’ Coalition—Sam’s Throne Camping Area. North of Little Rock, AR in Ozark National Forest. Awarded $3,750 to complete camping area and expand education signage aimed at reducing climber impacts. ACC still needs funding from local climbers to complete this project.

• Friends of Muir Valley—Muir Valley Parking Improvements & Expansion. Muir Valley Nature and Climbing Preserve, Red River Gorge, KY. Awarded $2,500 for improvements to parking lots designed to minimize climber impacts. Also received Access Fund Grant.

• Climbing Resource Access Group VT—Bolton Quarry Driveway Restoration. Southeast of Burlington, VT. Awarded $2,000 for an access road in need of rebuilding after significant flooding. The New England AAC Section continues to fundraise to complete this project.

• Boulder Climbing Community—Boulder-Area Stewardship. General area surrounding Boulder, CO, including Eldorado Canyon, the Flatirons, and Boulder Canyon. Awarded $1,975 to support human waste solutions, signage, educational efforts, and more.

• Carolina Climbers’ Coalition—Rumbling Bald Mapping. Rumbling Bald Chimney near Chimney Rock, NC. Awarded $1,800 for GIS mapping project to support future use-planning. AAC has funded project in its entirety.

• Las Vegas Climbers’ Liaison Council—Red Rock Waste Bag Project. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (BLM), near Las Vegas, NV. Awarded $1,320. AAC is funding entire human-waste pack-out project, hoping to derive substantial data on efficacy and BLM involvement in project.

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About The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at Join the AAC’s online community at