Yosemite National Park, California: This past weekend the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers attended the Access Fund’s Climbing Stewardship Training in the most beautiful setting imaginable, Yosemite. The Access Fund is a non-profit advocacy organization for rock climbers that helps ensure that climbing areas throughout the country remain open for climbing. Thanks to the Access Fund’s efforts, climbing areas around the country remain open as well as new climbing areas are being re-opened every year. The Climbing Stewardship Training is a new project for the Access Fund and this inaugural training weekend definitely set a high bar for their future trainings. Climber advocates from all over California met in Yosemite for trainings on trail building techniques, climbing specific issues, and minimal impact messaging practices.
The Access Fund is similar to The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in that they have a traveling team similar to the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program. The AF’s Conservation Team, Amanda and Mike, travels the country building and improving trails at climbing areas. Thanks to the AF’s Conservation Team’s wealth of experience, they are able to teach and promote suitable trail building procedures and proper crag etiquette.
The Climbing Stewards Training consisted of networking, trail building techniques, trail building underneath the expansive 3,000 foot tall El Captain, Leave No Trace training, and much more. The climbers from around the country were there to learn how to incorporate proper climbing procedures at their crags. At this training the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers put on training about how to effectively communicate to climbers Leave No Trace messaging. Climbers are an interesting user group as they require staging areas under cliffs, routes to their climbs from the main trail, and access to areas that other user groups can’t access. Climbers care a lot about the areas they utilize and thanks to the Access Fund’s efforts and their new Climbing Stewardship Training series, climbing areas around the country are better off thanks to their efforts.
Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.
Pat and TJ
Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.