Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team Wraps Up 2017 Tour

On a cold February morning in 2017, we waved goodbye to three Jeep Cherokee Trailhawks as they pulled out of our Boulder, CO parking lot and headed to different corners of the country to put shovels in the ground to improve our climbing areas.

Over the last 10 months, the teams have hosted 303 stewardship days across 21 states, leading 1,635 volunteers. Places like the Red River Gorge, Chattanooga, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Joe's Valley, Cathedral Ledge, Ten Sleep, Indian Creek and a host of other local crags all saw major improvements this year. Scroll down for a full list of the 43 climbing areas they improved on this year's tour.

2017 Conservation Team Metrics
Feet of social trail closed and restored 24,991
Feet of new trail built 5,135
Tons of rock moved 682
Staircases built 103
Retaining walls constructed 101
Drainage ditches dug 68
Areas cleaned of trash 38
Graffiti clean-ups 14

Life on the road as a traveling Conservation Team isn’t always easy. A huge thanks to our six Conservation Team crew members Lindsay Anderson, Kate Johnson, Andrea Hassler, Annabelle McClure, Chris Wu, and Chip Powell for a year of intense labor and dedication. We are so thankful for their commitment and dedication to the sustainability of our climbing areas, ensuring climbing access well into the future.

The Conservation Team fleet will hit the road again in February 2018. Next year’s itinerary will include extensive work in Joe's Valley, Utah; Cathedral Ledge, New Hampshire; Washington Pass in Washington state; Mad River Gorge, Ohio; and many more. Andrea and Annabelle will be returning for another tour as Conservation Team National and Kate and Chris will return for another tour as Conservation Team East. We are currently hiring for Conservation Team West, looking for a great new team to carry on Lindsay and Chip’s legacy.

The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team program is made possible by the generous support of title sponsor Jeep and supporting sponsors REI, CLIF Bar, Therm-a-Rest, La Sportiva, and Yakima.

The 2017 tour included work at:

  • Indian Creek, UT
  • Bavaquiveri, AZ
  • Homestead, AZ
  • Hueco Tanks, TX
  • Reimers Ranch, TX
  • Happy/Sad Boulders, CA
  • El Rito, NM
  • Old Wauhatchie Boulders, TN
  • Red Rock Canyon, NV
  • Joshua Tree, CA
  • The Gallery, KY
  • Elwha River, WA
  • Moss Rock Preserve, AL
  • Broughton Bluff, OR
  • Smith Rock, OR
  • Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
  • Springfield Gorge, OH
  • Yosemite, CA
  • Lovers Leap, CA
  • City of Rocks, ID
  • Ten Sleep, WY
  • Laclede, ID
  • Devils Tower, WY
  • Custer State Park, SD
  • Goldbar, WA
  • Tieton, WA
  • Index, WA
  • Exit 38, WA
  • Larabee Boulders, WA
  • Pere Marquette, IL
  • Devils Lake, WI
  • Thacher State Park, NY
  • Cathedral Ledge, NH
  • Linville Gorge, NC
  • Motherlode, KY
  • Foster Falls, TN
  • Steele, AL
  • Denny Cove, TN
  • Trussville Boulders, AL
  • Joe's Valley, UT
  • Stone Fort, TN
  • Glen Canyon, CA
  • Indian Rock, CA