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Welcome to Climb the Hill 2020!

Each year, Access Fund and the American Alpine Club team up to represent the climbing community in Washington D.C. for the Climb the Hill event. This year, Climb the Hill 2020 is virtual, offering the unique opportunity to include thousands of climbers’ voices from across the country. We hope you join us. When you register via the link below, you’ll receive access to both of the open session opportunities for the 2020 Climb the Hill event.


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OPEN SESSIONS (Once registered, click on the Schedule tab to view sessions)

Join us for these sessions to learn more about the intersection of climbing, public lands, and JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) initiatives. Register now to receive access to these online panel discussions.

September 23, 5 P.M. PST

Beyond 2020: What does the future hold for climbing and public lands?

From climbing gyms to the national parks, 2020 has brought about unprecedented changes for climbers and public lands. The exponential growth of climbing, and all outdoor recreation, presents a challenge - and great opportunity - to educate and activate new public land advocates and stewards. The panel will explore place-based conservation initiatives (e.g., CORE Act) and visionary public lands ideas (e.g., 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps) as a backdrop for an exciting discussion on the future of America’s public lands. Find out what the future holds with panelists: Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-2), Alex Honnold, Abby Dione, and Tommy Caldwell, moderated by Access Fund policy director Erik Murdock. 

September 24, 5 P.M. PST

Wrapping up Climb the Hill: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Discussion

Join Kai Lightner, Margo Hayes, Meagan Martin, and Chris Winter for a discussion on the role of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the outdoors moderated by Katie Boué. The panel discussion will explore inclusivity in the recreation and climbing community, how to be an accomplice, how wilderness and public lands can play a role in creating more equitable access, and why voting matters. The panelists will also take questions from the audience. 

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We’re working hard behind the scenes to advocate for policies that benefit climbers and the outdoor community.

September 23, 9-10:30 a.m. PST

Virtual Land Manager Summit

The land manager summit will coalesce federal land managers  and climbing advocates/experts to share critical information on climbing management and future trends. The summit is composed of short, 5 minute TED Talk-style presentations by leading experts followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. The topics that will be addressed are:

  1. Current State of Federal Climbing Management: Laws, Policies and Guidelines (Kate Goodwin)

  2. Native American Outreach and Consultation (Len Necefer)

  3. Climbing Gym Trends and the 2021 Olympics (Hilary Harris)

  4. Managing Natural Resources: Bats and Climbers (Rob Schorr)

  5. COVID-19 and Climbing Management (Jesse McGahey)

  6. Stewardship and Partnership (Ty Tyler)

September 24, 9-10:30 a.m. PST

Pancakes and Policy

Pancakes and Policy, hosted by Brown Girls Climb in collaboration with Access Fund and The American Alpine Club, will bring land policy advocates, JEDI experts, and recreationalists together over breakfast to swap knowledge, build relationships, and improve access to local crags. The event will be organized in a small-group setting to facilitate  discussions on why intersectional approaches to public lands, policy, equity, and access are important to each of us as climbers and how we can show up in the upcoming elections.

September 23 & 24

Congressional Meetings

On September 23rd and 24th, Access Fund and the American Alpine Club will host meetings with congressional offices and climbing advocates to discuss place-based conservation bills (NDAA amendments) and land management agency leadership issues.



Climb the Hill began in 2016 to give climbers a stronger voice in Washington, D.C. Access Fund and The American Alpine Club co-host this event, which typically brings together more than 60 professional climbers, industry leaders, and partner organizations to advocate for public lands, social justice, conservation, and a robust outdoor recreation economy. The relationships we develop with lawmakers are integral in shaping public policy issues that affect both the climbing and broader outdoor communities.

Climbers represent a politically diverse constituency and are united by our shared passion for the public lands where we experience vertical landscapes. As climbing grows in popularity, we have become an increasingly influential force for public policy issues. Climb the Hill consistently attracts mainstream media attention and creates an opportunity for the climbing community to develop and maintain strong relationships with policy and law makers.

Climb the Hill 2019 included a fantastic day of lobbying. Access Fund and The American Alpine Club led pro athletes, industry representatives, nonprofit conservation partners, and community advocates through a full day of meetings on the Hill. We brought these folks together to represent the climbing community on issues critical to the future of climbing, and we made great progress. We had more than 60 meetings on Capitol Hill, hosted a Senate reception, attended a Congressional hearing on recreation, and had some fun doing it!

This year, Climb the Hill 2020 is virtual. The mission and focus will remain the same, but the tools used to execute our mission will be much different. In previous years, we were able to include only 50 or 60 participants in our Washington, D.C., lobbying efforts. During this year’s virtual Climb the Hill event, we will be able to include thousands of climbers from all across the country.




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