Our Passion

As a climbing community, we bear a responsibility for protecting our climbing resources. The AAC is stepping up to play a more active role in issues that affect climbers on the national, state and local levels.

Climbing is a natural act, like walking, and should be allowed on public lands. The AAC supports the freedom for climbers to climb in any style they choose, as long as it does not unduly affect others. While we support the freedom to employ any style, climbing with a partner provides improved safety in a number of ways.

We believe that:

  • Education and mentorship are critical for the development of competent climbers. Visit our education program for more information.

  • Well-facilitated, outdoor experiences produce competent climbers and stewards of the land. Organizations that teach climbing should have easy access to the land they need for classes.

  • Protected public lands are a defining feature of our country and are the foundation for our quality of life, vitality of our communities and a vibrant outdoor recreation economy.

  • Fixed anchors are essential tools for climbing.

  • Temporarily closing climbing areas can be necessary to protect wildlife habitat or cultural resources.

  • Most climbing is local. We support climbing communities all over the country in their efforts to protect and manage their local climbing resources.

  • Helmets matter.

  • It’s tricky business, advocating on behalf of climbers and climbing while also speaking up for that which has no voice, the climbing area itself. The AAC’s public policy and conservation staff and volunteers spend a lot of time digging deep into issues, educating ourselves and determining when and how to act - from the local to the international levels. We do this on behalf of members, not-yet-members, and all of our favorite boulders, crags and mountains, too.
    — Janet Wilkinson, AAC Board Member
    Banner photo: AAC member Luke Humphrey