The Access Fund and Louder Than 11 have recently partnered up to create a series of videos encouraging climbers to practice respectable behaviors outdoors in order to protect our climbing areas. For those that are unfamiliar with the Access Fund, it is certainly one of the most important organizations in the climbing community. These guys work to conserve the land we climb on and keep our favorite areas open. Picture a world without some of your go-to crags at the Red River Gorge, New River Gorge, Bishop, Hueco Tanks, and Jailhouse. The Access Fund has played an essential role in keeping these areas open through the maintenance of trails, parking lots, bathrooms, camping areas, and most importantly, the gear we climb on every day. They also represent our sport to land owners who may not otherwise be so friendly to climbers. So give these guys a hand, check out the Gorilla series videos, and consider becoming an Access Fund member!
Also noteworthy, is my scream of terror upon gorilla attack. My family jokes that my acting career peaked at age 7 when I was a cow in our church’s nativity play. However, I think my stage life may be on the verge of resurgence – last winter I auditioned for a horror movie (mostly as a joke, I assume those types of productions typically don’t jump at “nativity cow” as the stand alone acting experience) and now the Access Fund Gorilla.
But truly, all joking aside, I think I’ll stick with climbing for the time being. Remember to check back Thursday and Friday for the next two Gorilla videos – featuring Alex Johnson and Chris Schulte!