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Utah climbers raise $18K for Salt Lake Climbers Alliance

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
On June 12th, the 5th Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance fundraiser party, held at BD headquarters, raised $18,000 for climbing access and education initiatives.

The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance is Utah’s leading voice for climbing access and stewardship: uniting, educating and inspiring climbers of all disciplines to serve their local climbing community since 2002. June 12th was the 5th annual SLCA Fundraiser Party, hosted by Black Diamond and sponsored by Red Rock Brewery. A third of the SLCA’s annual operating costs were raised, bringing in $18,000 to protect Wasatch climbing! The SLCA is a 501c3 non-profit that has been running on volunteer support for over a decade, and this one main fundraiser each year keeps the organization operating. That means environmental stewardship, Adopt-a-Crag events, paying for latrines in Joe’s Valley, climbing management planning, anchor and bolt replacement and Gym-to-Crag education will continue for another year here in the Wasatch! 450 supporters came out to support the SLCA strengthening the voice for Wasatch climbers.

Rock climbing is becoming more popular and more mainstream everyday. New indoor climbing gyms are popping up all over the Wasatch, introducing climbers to the sport, and these climbers are heading outdoors onto the rock in mass numbers. With increased use comes increased impact to the land and the fixed hardware on the rock. In order to keep climbing areas open, there is a greater need to be better stewards of rock climbing areas on public and private lands. The SLCA exists to provide a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education. 
It took the entire Salt Lake and Utah climbing community coming together to raise this money, and partygoers were treated to a huge range of activities, including a silent auction, yard games, arm wrestling competition, pullup contest, dunk tank, crate stacking, cold local beers and a pig roast. The event received huge support from local sponsors Red Rock Brewery, Black Diamond, Petzl,, Mtn Ranks, The Front Climbing Club, Goal Zero, Liberty Mountain, Momentum Indoor Climbing, White Pine Touring, Utah Adventure Journal and Mountain Education Development, and it wouldn’t have been possible without them. Thanks to all who came out, supported the organization, and donated their time and money for the good of climbing in the Wasatch. The SLCA is already getting psyched for our next event—the SLCA and American Alpine Club Craggin’ Classic, September 5-7—a weekend of Gym to Crag education, climbing and celebration in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Don't miss it!