Access Fund is back as our official MWV Ice Fest non-profit beneficiary for 2020!  They have had a super busy year nationally, as well as right here in the Northeast.  A portion of the door proceeds on Friday evening, as well as 100% of the silent auction proceeds, go to supporting this organization.  They work in service of our climbing community and in partnership with many of the organizations that also work with us!  Thank you Access Fund!

Hanging Mountain

A recent win for climbing conservation here in the Northeast was the acquisition of Hanging Mountain in Sandisfield, MA (Southwestern corner of Mass).  This project protects an untapped climbing area for future, intentionally planned, climbing use.  Access Fund made use of their land acquisition expertise, as well as their Climbing Conservation Loan Program.

“Tremendous work by a group of incredibly organized and dedicated volunteers from the Western Mass Climbers Coalition.  Acquisition of this newly conserved parcel tapped into both the Access Fund Climbing Conservation Loan Program and financial support from across the state line in Connecticut by Ragged Mountain Foundation.   I’m already looking forward to the possibilities out there on the horizon, but I’m gonna savor this win for a moment first.” -Mike Morin NE Regional Director, Access Fund 

Hanging Mountain © Christopher Beauchamp

Restore Rumney

A significant local initiative has been taking place at Rumney this year, the Restore Rumney campaign!  The Access Fund Keep Conservation Team (in partnerships with the USFS, RCA and many other volunteers) completed critical staging areas and trail improvements at Rumney in the Orange Crush and Meadows areas.  Many in NH and New England know how over-loved this area is.  A significant increase in demand has occurred over the years since Access Fund helped secured 34 acres in 1994, and 86 more acres in 2016.  The Jeep Conservation Team spent July- October working to improve the site.   Forty-nine rock steps were set, along with 590 feet of scree wall.  Check out the Project Report for details on the work!  You can get more involved and give back and help Restore Rumney!

Climb the Hill

Climb the Hill was September 18-20.  A joint venture with American Alpine Club, climbers and advocates use this opportunity to descend (or should we say, ascend?) on Capital Hill and make their voices heard to various representatives.  The goal being to advocate for the climbing community as constituents. Having their voices heard on issues related to the climbing community, such as access and a changing climate.  This year some regional accomplishments were:

      • Access Fund connected local advocates with the local offices of representatives to better support their efforts to conserve land and promote climbing access.
      • Continued to strengthen relationships with the congressional offices of NE representatives in DC.
      • Asked for and received support from Congresswoman Kuster’s office (D-NH) around efforts to explore access opportunities to Joe English Hill.

Mike Morin, the Access Fund NE Regional Director, will be on-hand at MWV Ice Fest.  Make sure to stop by the Access Fund table to talk about these initiatives, and more!