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Metolius Climbing Teams Up with the Access Fund in 2012 To Protect Endangered Climbing Areas
Leading manufacturer and designer of climbing gear to produce co-branded chalk bags in support of the Access Fund
By: Nick Chambers
Metolius has been an Access Fund Corporate Partner since the non-profit’s inception in 1991, and has been working with the Fund to protect threatened climbing areas ever since. Over the years, Metolius and other outdoor industry brands have been instrumental in the success of Access Fund programs, including Adopt a Crag, TeamWorks, and the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign.
Today, Metolius is proud to show its support of the Access Fund through this unique fundraising and branding opportunity. As an innovator of climbing equipment, Metolius was one of the first brands to offer gear specifically for bouldering, including chalk, chalk bags and pads. By partnering with the Access Fund, Metolius expands upon its commitment to produce quality and innovative climbing equipment, while supporting environmental preservation of threatened climbing areas for current and future generations.
As a group of climbers who are passionate about protecting and maintaining access to multi-recreational areas, Metolius identifies this program as an opportunity to leverage their brand to promote the importance of access to the American climbing community. Due to private land pressures, access is the single greatest challenge facing the climbing world and its vertical environments.
“Metolius has been partnering with the Access Fund for many years,” said Brooke Sandahl, Vice President, Metolius Climbing. “It’s an honor to support their efforts with our chalk bags, and to help raise awareness of the Fund and its importance to the climbing community.”
The bags will be available at AccessFund.org and online at MetoliusClimbing.com for $22.50. The Access Fund will receive a portion of the proceeds from every sale of the co-oped chalk bags.
Founded in 1983 near the headwaters of the Metolius River, Metolius equipment was born out of respect for rock climbing. Metolius has since built a solid reputation as a leading designer and manufacturer of performance rock climbing equipment that is Safer by Design. Metolius has always focused on new and innovative rock climbing gear while ensuring the highest quality available. They’ve built a strong reputation as an innovator in the design of cutting-edge rock climbing gear. Metolius is proud to be able to claim innovations in just about every category of rock climbing gear from traditional, sport, bouldering and big wall/technical alpine. Metolius also works to educate others to preserve the environment and the climbing lifestyle. For more information, visit www.metoliusclimbing.com.
About the Access Fund
Since 1991, the Access Fund is the 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: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, and education. For more information visit www.accessfund.org.