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@collegeoutside takeover Day 3 of 3!

For the last day of our College Outside takeover, we’ll go with staff member and quesadilla aficionado @mitch.b.moore to the Mecca of sandstone splitters: Indian Creek. In this sacred land, there are beautiful geologic histories, a plethora of petroglyphs and of course, world-class climbing.

“To me, the Creek is one of the few climbing destinations left where you can feel like you’re way out there, away from "real life". It’s heartbreaking to think about places like the Creek and Bears Ears National Monument being exposed to oil and gas development. Please support Access Fund's fight to protect Bears Ears National Monument. It’s now up to us climbers to protect these amazing landscapes!”

And that’s a wrap for the College Outside takeover! A huge THANK YOU to the @accessfund for securing us access to our beloved playgrounds. If you’re interested in our work with college outdoor programs, give us a follow at @collegeoutside or check out our website!

📸: @mitch.b.moore
#collegeoutside #accessfund #climberspact #protectamericasclimbing

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@collegeoutside takeover Day 2 of 3!

It’s all about the Granite State on Day 2 of the College Outside takeover! For College Outside intern and Boston University Sophomore @will.chang6, it’s the weekends at Pawtuckaway that keep the stoke high. The New Hampshire state park is a sprawling playground of granite boulders and short, yet stellar cracks..

“I first started climbing in college as a way to escape from stress and procrastinate. These two reasons still hold true, but I’ve gained so many more along the way. Climbing is now an indispensable part of my life, and I couldn’t have gotten here without the support of College Outside. Pretty much all the gear in this picture I got through them, which saved me a good amount of money (to spend on more gear). As climbing becomes more and more popular, it’s so important to educate yourself not just about routes, but also outdoor stewardship principles. It’s never fun dealing with trash and tick marks at the crag. Don’t be the Jerry of the Day--commit to the #theclimberspact! (link in bio)”

📸: @cfattahi / @supernicknelson
#collegeoutside #accessfund #climberspact #protectamericasclimbing

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@collegeoutside takeover Day 1 of 3!

Hey everyone, welcome to the College Outside takeover! Our mission is to get more students outside by supporting collegiate outdoor clubs and programs. Across the next few days, our staff and students will be telling you about their favorite crag and why having access means the world to them! First off is our founder/CEO @slockwood09. For her, Bishop will always have a special place in her heart. —
“One of the main reasons I moved from beautiful Colorado to California was because of how in love I am with the Eastern Sierra. Sometimes I still find myself in disbelief of the amount of outdoor activities along the Eastside! There’s amazing bouldering/trad/sport climbing, hiking, fly fishing, backcountry skiing, paragliding, you name it! With more and more people recognizing this fact, the impact of our recreation is becoming increasingly visible. Trampled vegetation, litter, excessive chalk, these are all things we can take action on. Commit to #theclimberspact (link in bio) and help preserve the character of the Bishop area!”

📸: @logan___walters
#collegeoutside #accessfund #climberspact #protectamericasclimbing

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@mwv_icefest Takeover Day 4 // @mountainsense on a thwarted attempt to climb Urban Sprawl, guessed to be NEI5+ M6+.

Not known to have a second ascent yet, this line tops out through the hanging ice in the sun. It’s a variation to finish Way in the Wilderness on The Painted Walls and even on this brutally cold day, it was still too warm out to feel safe pulling onto it. // Photo by: Michael Wejchert

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@mwv_icefest Takeover Day 4 // The evening events on Friday, Feb. 2nd and Saturday, Feb. 3rd are ones not to miss!

Tomorrow night the @mwv_icefest will be hosting an incredible silent auction to benefit @accessfund. #accessfund members get in for $5 and you can score big deals on gear, so don't miss it! Evening presentations that night are a short film called Mixtress and Jesse Huey. On Saturday evening our guest presenter is the legendary Raphael Slawinkski.

Doors open at 6pm, and both evenings are hosted at Theater In The Wood in Intervale, NH. See you there! // Photo of Raphael by Wiktor Skupinski/Latitude Photography

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@mwv_icefest Takeover Day 3 // Early season ice climbing in Tuckerman Ravine. Erik Eisele leading up through The Book (NEI 2-3) a few days before a big nor'easter buried it in a few feet of snow. The ice climbing in Tuckerman Ravine, Mount Washington comes in early but quickly gets covered by mid January. By February, skiers carving turns in the Lip will hardly know it existed under several feet of snow. // Photo by @klementovich

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@mwv_icefest Takeover Day 2 // New Hampshire based photographer @heybrettwilliam reflects, “What had been a pretty dry and mild winter turned into a wonderland with a fresh coat of snow on the first morning of the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest. Our home in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire carries an abundance of gnarly granite and pure water ice, making it hard to find a more appropriate training ground for climbing anywhere else in the world. The mixed climbing clinic did not disappoint! I love this photo for the serene effort the atmosphere gave to everyone. The sport can be intimidating for beginners. With varying levels of experience, everyone seemed to find their rhythm. The concentration of mind and body among the soft quiet of falling snow in the forest made everything cinematic! What a joy to be in the mountains!” // Photo by @heybrettwilliam

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@mwv_icefest Takeover Day 1 // @majkaburhardt stays calm and steady on the notoriously steep Dropline, WI5, Frankenstein Cliffs, NH. Even 42 years after it's first ascent by Rainsford Rouner, Peter Cole and Rick Wilcox, it is one of the most sought after lines for ice climbers to tick off of their bucket list.  We are so excited to have Access Fund as the official @mwv_icefest beneficiary this year.  We’ll be highlighting some of the stunning ice climbs throughout New Hampshire while also filling you in on a few details about the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest (@mwv_icefest). The MWV Ice Fest is the oldest and most fun winter festivals in the country, and we're celebrating it's 25th year this year!  It’s this coming weekend, don't miss it!  Feb. 2nd-4th, 2018, North Conway, NH.  Photo by @missanneskids

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Where is your happy place? @frictionlabs Pro @shantipack and Athlete @devinfin found theirs in the heart of the American desert, establishing first ascents amongst the towering sandstone cliffs of Indian Creek, Utah—part of Bears Ears National Monument.

Experience a typical day with two of the country's most prolific trad climbers in this beauty of a film by @nathanieldavison.

Head over to @frictionlabs —> link to the full film is in their bio.
#chalkmatters Frictionlabs.com

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@shantipack Day 4 of 4 of my @accessfund takeover for #chalkweek. These routes bare physical witness to climbers with extraordinary vision, passion, unyielding abilities to withstand pain, and a willingness to set out into unknown. Most of us will never have the opportunity to rope up with the desert pioneers but will always be surrounded by their presence.  We stand on the shoulders giants and owe it to them to respect, honor and preserve these routes #bearsearsnationalmonuments #climberspact #chalkmatters #accessfund

Photo: @dreamaliveproductions screenshot of @shantipack with @devinfin putting the heave into "Heave Ho (5.11+) Either a second ascent or rare repeat of this unbelievably burl masterpiece established by desert legend and pioneer Jim Olson in 1984.

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@shantipack Day 3 of 4 of my @accessfund takeover for #chalkweek // In my last two posts I have described the growing popularity of previously less popular styles in Indian Creek -- from offwidth to bouldering, and how with this growing popularity it is important we become more aware of and committed to outdoor stewardship principles. There are also particular routes in the Creek that are so climbed and over-chalked, such as Ruby's Cafe on the Battle of the Bulge, that they look like white lightening bolts from the road. It has become more important than ever before to brush off tick marks.

Photo:  Steve Hong's masterpiece "Jupiter Crack" (5.11), one of the most striking lines in the desert, has been overlooked for decades, however, it has recently become a tremendously popular sought out test-piece. It is more important than ever to abide by the tenets of the #climberspact #chalkmatters #accessfund

Photo: @dreamaliveproductions screenshots of desert legend @devinfin sending the Steve Hong masterpiece "Jupiter Crack"

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@shantipack Day 2 of 4 of my @accessfund takeover // I have been fortunate to call the #bearsearsnationalmonument my home crag since 2010 when I began on  a pilgrimage to repeat the late offwidth master Craig Luebben's Top Ten off widths in the desert as a tribute to him. Craig became my guide, mentor and teacher as I quickly learned that the vertical wide cracks, often taking more than an hour per pitch to lead, required qualities I lacked: patience, endurance, and the ability to manage an enormous rack of gear. There were no lines for Luebben's wide test-pieces in 2010, but as climbing, even offwidth, grows in popularity it is essential we commit ourselves to protecting the fragile desert environment of Indian Creek by following a strict adherence to @leavenotracecenter, @accessfund, and outdoor stewardship principles. Commit to the #theclimberspact and stand up for our climbing areas.

Photo: @andrew_burr captures me (@shantipack) channeling Craig Luebben on "The Dentist's Chair"

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@shantipack Day 1 of 4 of my @accessfund takeover // @accessfund and @frictionlabs recently teamed up to create a video encouraging climbers to protect access to our climbing areas (see "Don't be Like Jerry" link in Bio). Indian Creek is respected throughout the world as a Wingate crack climbing Mecca, but only in recent years has the Creek become a destination for bouldering development which presents different impacts to the delicate desert landscape. Commit to the #climberspact and help protect our beloved climbing areas. —
“It's one of our sacred playgrounds similar to special places like Hueco or Joshua tree, but a place for adventure, absolute quiet, archeology, geology history, and scenery. Besides the climbing is one of its own in every way; it is as beautiful as it is unique...” ~ Mike Vice, prolific Creek first ascentionist

Photo 1 : @dawnkishphoto captures Cory Quacken crushing the modern Indian Creek classic "Air Wolf"
Photo 2: @nathanieldavison (boulderer extraordinaire, first ascentionist, and creator of "Don't Be Like Jerry") on the FA of "The Pallbearer"
Photo 3: Josh Ochoa captures @mike_vice (another prolific and talented Creek bouldering developer) on the FA of an unnamed V8.

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Keep your sends scenic by cleaning up chalk spills and tick marks.

We’re talking all things chalk this month with @frictionlabs as part of #theclimberspact. Don’t be like Jerry, manage your chalk and protect your climbing areas. Link in bio.

Photo by @kylequeenerphoto

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Don’t be like Jerry...#theclimberspact

This message brought to you by @frictionlabs and Access Fund. Together, we can protect America’s climbing.

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New year, new projects.

Start planning your next Bishop adventure with our Climb Like a Local guide. Link in bio // Photo by @rtylerphoto

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Donations help us do amazing things, like preserving access at climbing areas across the country, fighting for public lands, mobilizing volunteers, leading stewardship events, and advocating for climbers’ interests in Washington, D.C.

Today, @outdoorresearch will match every dollar you donate to help further our mission. Donate >> link in bio.

Photos donated by:
@jonglassberg
@accessfund Conservation Team
@abbihearne
@andreasassenrath
@accessfund Conservation Team

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Thank you to the climbing community, friends, family, and our supporters around the world! We’ve tallied the numbers and, with your help, have unlocked our $100,000 matching gift!

While the match may be over, the fight isn’t. In fact, this is only the beginning.

In the weeks and months to come, we will still need your help to protect Bears Ears and our public lands. Please consider a donation today to protect America’s climbing!

Link in bio to donate // Photo by @andrew_burr

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Time to chalk up! The AVP Boulders purchase is official!
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Back in September we asked for your help to protect these boulders. Thanks to our amazing community and Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition, over 50 boulder problems in Grayson Highlands, VA will now have permanent conservation and climbing access. THANK YOU!
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Photo by Arthur Hsu // link in bio to learn more about the AVP Boulders.

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@renan_ozturk #protectbearsears series 3 of 3 // Dark skies over #bearsearsnationalmonument but you will also notice the golden lining shining strong from the core. Please support @accessfund in fighting for this powerful place! Link in bio!! 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼

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@renan_ozturk #protectbearsears series 2 of 3 // Climbing ‘Sacred Space’ on the King Of Pain Tower in my early dirtbag days of spending months on end in this place. From my wife @taylorfreesolo - In the wake of time the greedy and monstrous theft of a land that belonged to tribes, plants, animals, and all of us, I’m left knowing all we can do is attune ourselves towards what’s next. The lawsuit enacted by @accessfund is a important step, pls donate now if you are able! Photo of me by Dylan Taylor #bearsearsnationalmonument

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@renan_ozturk #protectbearsears series 1 of 3 // A sketch from the early days. I had finished college, gave away my belongings and committed myself 100% to climbing and art in this place. I didn’t even have a sleeping pad or climbing parters at first but everything came in good time. I can unequivocally say this place had an impact me more than any other and it wasn’t only the climbing but also the reverence for the antiquities around every twist and turn. Now more than ever we are lucky to have the @accessfund to take up a lawsuit to adequately protect this place.
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Hit the link in the bio to help the fight, this is the big one we need to come together on! ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 #bearsearsnationalmonument

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We are suing to protect Bears Ears National Monument, and we need your help.
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The time to Act is now. DONATE TODAY >> link in bio.
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We need to raise $100,000 by December 15th to help our team protect Bears Ears and our public lands. A generous donor has come forward to match your donations, doubling your contribution to the fight, and we need your help to unlock this matching gift.
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Photo donated by @schirfphoto and @auphotos

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Not so fast, Trump. The president does not have the legal authority to modify a national monument. Access Fund is preparing to fight. Stay tuned.
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Link for more details and how to help in bio // Photo donated by @schirfphoto and @auphotos

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@sarahvirginiauhl Takeover Day 3 // Here’s a sneak peak at the coveted 2018 Access Fund member t-shirt artwork!
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Any donation or membership over $50 gets you the member shirt 🙂
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My favorite collaborations are the ones that allow me to tell a story about a place that also invokes curiosity and wonder. Thanks for teaming up Access Fund! I appreciate everything you do to protect the places that make me feel most alive!

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@sarahvirginiauhl Takeover Day 2 // Sleeping on the red earth and waking up with the sun in the wild and ancient places is what makes me feel most alive. I try to translate this connection to the land through my paintings. They are a combination of what I see and what I feel. Here’s to the glory of morning sun saying hello to the Bridget Jacks on this November dawn.
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Long live Bears Ears National Monument.

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Hello Fellow Lovers of the Land! My name is Sarah Uhl (@sarahvirginiauhl) and I’ll be doing a mini-instagram takeover for the Access Fund here for the next few days. I am an artist, activist and adventurer based in Carbondale, Colorado. I like to climb mountains and paint the view from the top… or crawl into the belly of the desert and surround myself in things that make me feel ancient so that I may wax poetically about our relationship to one another.
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I choose to partner with organizations like the Access Fund because there is a reciprocity to our work. My art tell the story of the land and gives it a voice so that more people may know it as you and I do. The Access Fund can then take that story (be it a painting or a poem or a visual message wrapped up in creative gravy) and then use it as a tool to protect the very places that inspire my work and my vitality as a rock climbing, ski tour slaying renaissance woman.
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I hope you enjoy the takeover and find some nugget of inspiration in my quest for joy evangelism through a very special recipe of art, activism and adventure!
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Painting the sunrise below Castleton // Photo by @beccaskinner

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Today, 1 in 5 climbing areas is threatened by an access issue and we’re up against one of the greatest threats to our public lands we’ve ever faced.
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This #givingtuesday please consider joining or donating to Access Fund, and together we can protect America’s climbing.
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Link in bio to donate // Photo by @jonglassberg of @louderthan11

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Happy #creeksgiving!
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Whether tomorrow finds you at home dreaming of unparalleled splitters or making your morning coffee at Superbowl campground, we have some #creeksgiving inspiration for you.
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Link in bio // Photo by @andrew_burr

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*ACTION ALERT* Did you know you can climb in Austin City Parks? Yep, it's awesome but we need your help to ensure continued access. Please take five minutes to voice your support for climbing in Austin City Parks.
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Link in bio to take action / Photo by @jacob_bodkin

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