Along the way my mom gave Sara our dad's old flight log...
|Photo: Pennie Close|
The shirt on the left is from Leave No Trace and that on the right from Access Fund, both of which I received for recent membership renewal. For those who may not be aware, both organizations work hard to support those of us who spend much of our recreational time outdoors. While most people are familiar with the concept of "leaving no trace," many don't realize that Leave No Trace is also an organization that works to promote responsible outdoor activity, and puts a heavy emphasis on education. Access Fund, on the other hand, is an organization that is more specifically linked to climbing. They help to develop policies for climbing management, aid in conservation efforts at climbing areas, and work with land owners to keep climbing access open. At times they have also been able to buy land previously closed to climbing, and reopen it under a responsible management system.
In addition to the national work that the Access Fund does, it supports the work of local and regional affiliates such as the Mid-Atlantic Climbers. These are the groups that organize most of our local cleanup and area care events, such as the MAC's upcoming Rockfest. While the Mid-Atlantic Climbers' events are all free and open to non-members, those who are frequent attendees of the events should definitely consider joining. By signing up for Access Fund membership through this link, you can simultaneously sign up for membership in the Mid-Atlantic Climbers or other local groups, and the Access Fund will give 40% of your membership fee to the group you specify. That money then goes directly toward the cost of the events they put on. Helping two groups with one donation, and getting a free t-shirt out of it? Now that's money well spent!