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dave1970


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Given the financial difficulties facing the access fund in the efforts.Why don't more climbers just join so that we can purchase and permanently protect our access to troubled areas?


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i had been meaning to join and i finally did at the ouray ice fest!


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Count me in.


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also a card carrying member


darkside


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I am not a member of the Access Fund. However being a Canadian, we have a similar group. The ACCess Committee was founded by the Alpine Club of Canada as an independant body to act on behalf of all climbers. Participation is open to all climbers and although organisation is a little different to the AF, the problems and issues are very much similar.

What is needed even more than money is participation. Get involved, be pro-active, take the time to learn, and educate others.
Climbers as a whole are pathetically apathetic and are too ready to let others sort it out.

The Access Fund and the ACCess Committee are not the answer to access problems. They are merely facilitators for climbers to solve their problems. They may lead the way but if climbers won't follow then nothing is solved.

How do I know of these problems, why do I sound frustrated; because not only do I take an interest in access issues, I manage two different portfolio's in southern Ontario and deal with matters relating to both rock and ice. I'm frustrated because I see too many climbers paying nothing more than lip service to access.

I implore you to do more than just donating money, GET INVOLVED.


valygrl


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Access fund member here, for 7 years.


onelung


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Ashamed not to proudly boast my membership I will swear publicly if a link is posted to membership I will join. I have the form in my reach but am a bit of a lazy ass at home so You post and you have me as a Member.
Ho'o Mau,
Bill


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Member for about six years now. Isn't everyone?


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Well said darkside. I have to admit I'm pretty much a token AF member. I've got my $50 t-shirt to prove it but haven't DONE a whole lot more than pay the fee and gab about it here and there. I pick up litter and follow the rules does that count? In any case here is the membership link for all the lazies out there, but you need your own credit card #.

https://www.accessfund.org/secure/joinnow/join_indiv.php



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Member in good standing
also member of Pa Alliance of Climbers(PAC),a local organization with similar intent.
Climb Happy ,
Mitch


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HAve been a member for several years. Many trail days in my area (southeast) support the AF. Participation in AF and other environmentally sound events shows that the climbing community cares. It shows that the climbing community has a great bunch of people in it that care about their natural surroundings. I guess it goes along with the reasons why we climb. Rock on everbody


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My husband & I are both paid members.

I am also a member of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition which tends to have a lot of the same goals but more on a local level here in the SE.
www.seclimbers.org - check it out too.


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I donate generously twice per year.


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Member in good standing. I try to defuse access issues locally whenever I get a chance, and pick up as best as I can at the crags.

I do what I can to keep things from going to hell.


ambler


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The Access Fund played a key role fighting for access, cleaning things up, and/or maintaining good relations with land managers at many of the places I most like to climb, from Rumney to Shelf Road to JTree.

They definitely have my support, including membership.


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Member.


kahuna3602


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I am.


gretchenfb


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I am a full fledge member of the Red River Gorge Climbing Coalition, www.rrgcc.org


onelung


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This "lazy" thanks the angry terrapin for the link.
Ho'o Mau
Bill


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I am!!!


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member for the last 5 years.


ebelay


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I am - have been for a long time.

EVERY climber should support the Access Fund if they can afford it.

Kudos to Kurt Smith's "Kickin Access" tour last year. Hopefully, new dates will be announced for this year.

--Eric


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Member.

Also ASCA. Another good cause.

Brian in SLC


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I renew my membership at the Ouray Ice Festival every year. John


onelung


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OK Thanks again, to Madturtle(aka angry terrapin) Because of you and this thread I can happily say I am a supporter of The Access Fund.
Here's my reason for pause.
Some outdoor org's run contrary to my outlook on life. I am a USGA member(golf eh?) so wouldnt I be in conflict being a Surfrider Fdn(great org) or a Sierra club member? I work on the ocean so would green peace try and shut down my company? If you laugh u dont know this group.
I have looked as deeply as I can at The Access Fund... I am confident this money given will support what I support and not run contrary to my outlook on life.
Thanks much sorry for the rant.
Bill

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