The following causes received Cornerstone Grant funding in 2012:
Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, Joe’s Valley Latrine Project
Joe’s Valley is an increasingly popular bouldering destination with hundreds of established routes; currently, no human waste management program exists at the area. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance plans to use its Cornerstone funds to install two seasonal latrines to help alleviate environmental impacts from human waste.
Friends of Muir Valley, Muir Valley Nature Preserve and Climbing Arena, KY; toilets
Over 30,000 people visited this world-class climbing area in 2011, and the high traffic created a great deal of unmanaged human waste. Two small, waterless, unisex restrooms will be installed in the most heavily used areas of Muir Valley.
Washington Climbers’ Coalition, Vantage, WA; toilet
The Washington Climbers’ Coalition plans to use its grant to mitigate the impact of increased traffic to Frenchman’s Coulee, a classic Pacific Northwest climbing destination, by installing a permanent vault toilet. This will be the first time such technology is used in North America, so this toilet will function as a test piece for climbing destinations around the country.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Indian Creek, UT; trail work
User-created social trails have sprung up all over Indian Creek, causing erosion in a sensitive ecosystem. RMFI will use its Cornerstone funds to construct sustainable access trails, aligning them with the topography and adding stabilizing features, including risers, steps, and crib walls.
Gunks Climbers’ Coalition, Gym to Crag Education and Stewardship Program
Many climbers transition from climbing at the gym to climbing outdoors with little knowledge of outdoor ethics and personal responsibility inherent to outdoor climbing. The Gunks Climbers’ Coalition will implement a program to fill the education gap and prepare new climbers to lessen their impact.
Rumney Climbers’ Association, Rumney Rocks, White Mountain National Forest, NH; Pack Out Project
Rumney Rocks has seen an increase in human waste issues, and this program will help to promote the reduction of human waste left behind by educating visitors about human impact in the backcountry.
Boulder Climbing Community, Eldorado Canyon, the Flatirons, and Boulder Canyon; Front Range Trail Team
Climbers leave their greatest footprint on their way to and from the rocks, and the Boulder Climbing Community plans to alleviate that impact by establishing a three-person team of trail building experts to improve the most heavily impacted access trails in Boulder, CO. The Front Range Trail Team will collaborate with land managers and community volunteers to reduce climber impacts.