March 10, 2015. Boulder, CO. – On the back of the August 2014 launch of the ROCK Project climber education program, Access Fund and Black Diamond Equipment are thrilled to announce that they will be taking the stoke on the road with the 2015 ROCK Project Tour, a six-stop event tour to US climbing hot spots. Professional athletes, indoor climbing gyms, and local climbing advocacy organizations will team up to host a series of exclusive, multi-day events, including climbing clinics, presentations, stewardship projects, and parties.
“The ROCK Project Tour will be unlike any other climbing events,” says Brady Robinson, Access Fund Executive Director. “We want to connect with local climbers and show them how to create lasting connections between their daily habits and behaviors as climbers and their ability to keep climbing areas open.”
An A-list roster of professional climbers have already signed up to join the ROCK Project Tour, including Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Hazel Findlay, Kate Rutherford, Chris Schulte, Brittany Griffith, Alex Johnson, Joe Kinder, Paige Claassen, Cedar Wright, Angie Payne, Jonathan Siegrist, Sam Elias, Daniel Jung, Barbara Zangerl and more. The pro climbers will join guides and local partners to teach clinics and share their passion and respect of the outdoors with climbers all across the country.
“I’m psyched to join the ROCK Project Tour and help build awareness of responsible outdoor climbing ethics,” say Joe Kinder, a Black Diamond athlete. “It’s critically important to take care of our climbing areas, and I’m excited for the opportunity to put my hands in the dirt and contribute.”
ROCK Project events have limited availability with only 75 slots per city to ensure small group sizes and the chance to get personalized instruction and a more intimate experience with pro climbers and local partners.
The goal of the ROCK Project initiative is to inspire climbers to embrace responsible outdoor habits and behaviors that will conserve the climbing environment. The ROCK Project Tour will take this mission of Responsible Outdoor Climbing Knowledge on the road, activating positive social norms and giving climbers actionable ways to protect and care for their climbing areas.
ROCK Project events will be hosted in partnership with indoor climbing gyms in each city. The gyms will embed ROCK Project educational content into existing programming to ensure that ROCK Project lives on in each community once the event is over.
The ROCK Project Tour will make stops in the following cities in 2015:
San Francisco March 13–15
Salt Lake City April 10–12
New York City May 1–3
Seattle September 18–20
Denver October 2–4
Atlanta November 6–8
To learn more about the ROCK Project Tour, visit www.accessfund.org/rockprojecttour. Further details and opportunities to register for an event will be available soon.
About Access Fund
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 6.8 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Six core programs support the mission on national and local levels: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, risk management and landowner support, and education. For more 3information visit www.accessfund.org.
About Black Diamond Equipment
Black Diamond Equipment is a manufacturer of equipment and clothing for climbing, skiing and mountain sports. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain/canyon environment, Black Diamond Equipment has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond Equipment, visit www.BlackDiamondEquipment.com.