6 Nonprofits Climbers Should Check Out

6 Non-profits
If you enjoy climb­ing and have a soft spot for good caus­es, then these char­i­ties would very much appre­ci­ate your sup­port. Some enlist vol­un­teer climbers to help with out­reach projects while oth­ers rely on third-par­ty dona­tions. Read on to learn more about some of the non­prof­its that incor­po­rate climb­ing into their philanthropy.

Access Fund
With more than two mil­lion mem­bers, Access Fund is one of the coun­try’s largest climb­ing orga­ni­za­tions. The group’s mis­sion is sim­ple: keep climb­ing areas open to the pub­lic and reduce the envi­ron­men­tal impact of climb­ing. Access Fund’s myr­i­ad of climb­ing and stew­ard­ship projects are list­ed online; web users can also become mem­bers and donate to the orga­ni­za­tion.

Amer­i­can Alpine Club
This char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion “pro­vides knowl­edge and inspi­ra­tion, con­ser­va­tion and advo­ca­cy, and logis­ti­cal sup­port for the climb­ing com­mu­ni­ty” — which is short for say­ing that they offer grants and vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties through­out the Unit­ed States. The AAC spon­sors annu­al events, pro­duces two climb­ing jour­nals — Amer­i­can Alpine Jour­nal and Acci­dents in North Amer­i­can Moun­taineer­ing, and over­sees a library and muse­um ded­i­cat­ed to the sport of climb­ing. Web users can reg­is­ter for AAC mem­ber­ship online.

The Amer­i­can Safe Climb­ing Association
This orga­ni­za­tion aims to improve safe­ty on estab­lished climb­ing routes by replac­ing unsafe or faulty anchor bolts with stain­less steel bolts that are not sus­cep­ti­ble to rust. Anoth­er goal of ASCA is to reduce the visu­al and envi­ron­men­tal impact of climb­ing, so all bolts used are cam­ou­flaged. Expe­ri­enced climbers are wel­come to vol­un­teer.

This non­prof­it was cre­at­ed to sup­port the CEU Urban Climb­ing School, a train­ing facil­i­ty locat­ed in a favela (‘slum’) of Rio de Janeiro. The goal of BEYONDGear is to edu­cate favela res­i­dents in the ways of climb­ing and out­door safe­ty, there­by empow­er­ing them to set educational/career goals and escape the sur­round­ing pover­ty. You can sup­port the school through dona­tions, or by pur­chas­ing items (hats, tote bags, etc.) from the orga­ni­za­tion’s online store.

Pro­fes­sion­al Climb­ing Instruc­tors Association
The goal of this orga­ni­za­tion is to pro­vide up-to-date safe­ty and basic skills train­ing to climb­ing instruc­tors, both new­bies and expe­ri­enced pros. Cours­es cov­er on-site belay­ing, climb­ing wall safe­ty, sin­gle-pitch climb­ing, and oth­er rel­e­vant top­ics; dif­fer­ent cours­es are offered nation­wide (look for more in the com­ing weeks/months). Online reg­is­tra­tion is available.

Sher­pa Edu­ca­tion Fund
The goal of this Seat­tle-based non­prof­it is to edu­cate chil­dren who live in the remote areas near Mount Ever­est. Stu­dents learn a vari­ety of sub­jects, includ­ing lit­er­a­ture, math, eco­nom­ics, and world his­to­ry. The Sher­pa Edu­ca­tion Fund is sup­port­ed through con­tri­bu­tions; dona­tions can be made online.