We envision a world where climbers are stewards of the crag, not merely users. Where land managers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts can come together to protect our shared resources and ensure healthy landscapes for generations to come.
• STEWARDSHIP is our primary focus. We believe that, as climbers, we must take full responsibility for minimizing our own impacts on climbing areas.
• We have and we promote a deep RESPECT FOR THE NATURAL WORLD including the plants and animals we share our climbing areas with. The sharing and protection of habitats is at the heart of stewardship.
• RELATIONSHIPS are the fabric of the BCC. We seek positive, win-win partnerships in everything we do and strive to make the BCC a welcoming and inclusive organization. Our network of relationships includes land managers, businesses, individuals, and other organizations.
• LAND MANAGERS are our most important partners. We recognize their primary mission is also stewardship, and access and effective stewardship require excellent working relationships with land managers. We never make demands of land managers or try to pressure them. Instead we ask, how can we help YOU?
• Through outreach, education, and events we seek to activate a COMMUNITY of climbers and environmental stewards who live by these core values.
In 2010 a small group of passionate climbers came together to discuss the changing landscape of Colorado’s Front Range. Boulder’s population was booming, and rock climbing was becoming mainstream. Crags that used to see a handful of climbers each week were now seeing hundreds; they were showing signs of strain, and land managers were noticing. Led by renowned first-ascensionist Roger Briggs, this early group of climbers strove to build a relationship between land managers and climbers that would protect the resource and ensure the Front Range remained a great place to climb.
Over the past nine years the Boulder Climbing Community has grown. With the help of hundreds of supporters, we have replaced hundreds of aging bolts, kept thousands of pounds of human waste out of local waterways, and restored access to some of the best routes in the region. Together, we have restored trails where you climb and hike, including in Chautauqua, the Flatirons, Boulder Canyon, Clear Creek Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, Indian Creek, Rocky Mountain National Park, and countless other destinations. But the work is far from over. The trails we build can support our growing community for years to come; however countless others still need attention. The bolts we replace can last for 75-100 years, yet hundreds of others have already reached their retirement age. We are making significant progress with substantial work ahead. Thank you for supporting the future of the BCC.