Access Fund Sharp End Awards Announced
Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that
volunteer their efforts and shine above the rest in their commitment
and work on behalf of the American climbing community for keeping
climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment. This
year’s awards and recipients are:
SHARP END AWARD: For leadership and activism in preserving climbing access and the climbing environment
Jeff Squire and Rob Sullivan of the Western Mass Climbers Coalition for the Farley’s Ledge Acquisition which is hailed as the best crag between the Gunks and Rumney. Farley’s Ledge had ongoing access issues, primarily due to parking shortages. The purchase of the Erving, MA parcel will prevent land development and provide public access to the crag. Jeff, Rob, and the Western Mass Climbers Coalition have worked closely with neighbors and local officials to assure the relationship remains positive and lasting for the New England Climbing community. Fundraising was helped with grants from the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Access Fund.
Troy Mayr and the Friends of Williamson Rock for working tirelessly to reopen Williamson Rock in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest to climbing. Troy and the Friends of Williamson Rock (FoWR) have made incredible progress in the face of considerable odds. While climbing access is currently closed due to a disputed designation of a critical habitat, major strides have been made between FoWR and the U.S. Forest Service, creating an open dialog as well as finding guidelines to come to a solution to reopen Williamson Rock to climbing as soon as possible.
REESE MARTIN MEMORIAL AWARD REGIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR: For leadership and activism in preserving climbing access and the climbing environment, and specifically for their volunteer work as an Access Fund representative
Joe Josephson of the Southwestern Montana Climbers’ Coalition has been essential in the Montana climbing community’s efforts to assure access across the state. Recently and notably, Joe brought together the Forest Service, local and federal officials, the media, and other user groups to successfully fight a proposed gating of access roads to Hyalite Canyon’s vast ice climbing resources. Joe has also been working closely with the Bitterroot Climbers Coalition to save one of the best cliffs in Montana, Lost Horse Canyon, from being quarried. He is currently working closely with the Access Fund and the Outdoor Alliance to lobby Congress for reform of the 1872 Mining Law.