The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance is Utah’s leading voice for climbing access and stewardship: uniting, educating, and inspiring climbers of all disciplines to serve their local climbing community since 2002.


The SLCA exists to provide a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch and surrounding regions through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education.


In the spirit of community, the SLCA is dedicated to the inclusion of advocates and stewards regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, social class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability, or age.  The SLCA expressly has a No Tolerance harassment policy that extends to both acts of discrimination and sexual harassment/assault.  Striving to strengthen the climbing community through the inclusion of all climbers is paramount to our mission.

What We Do

The SLCA is a volunteer organization. There is no “they” when it comes to caring for Wasatch climbing areas. YOU are the “they”. No one is going to come along and replace a bolt or fix an approach trail for you. It takes active stewardship from each of us to ensure that we can all continue to go climbing. When we organize and join together, our voice is stronger to protect Wasatch climbing. Join today and consider volunteering for one of our upcoming Adopt a Crags or attend an upcoming event to support.

The SLCA is comprised of Members, an Executive Director, a Board of Directors, and Committee Members who are supported by our sponsors, partners, and individual donors. See what we are working on below and how to engage.



Board of Directors


Executive Director


Julia Geisler

Executive Director

She feels deeply honored to represent the Wasatch climbing community and her personal connection to climbing has grown exponentially through this advocacy work.


board members

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SLCA Board Member & Communications Committee chair

"The experiences I have had solo, with family and outdoor partners in the Wasatch, have contributed to a more full (filling) life. I want to make sure others get that opportunity too."

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SLCA Board Member & Wasatch Anchor Replacement Initiative chair

“Think about how many rock climbers there are in the Salt Lake metro area… just imagine the difference that each and every one of us could make, simply by chipping in a little bit.”

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David Carter

SLCA Board Member & Policy & Conservation Committee Member

"Climbing is gaining popularity at an exponential rate and the collective effort of everyday climbers is essential to ensuring both the community spirit and environmental stewardship that has historically characterized the climbing culture."

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SLCA Board Member, vice chair & Wasatch Anchor Replacement Initiative Committee Chair

“Working with individuals who are freely volunteering their valuable personal time inspires me to do the same.”

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heath christensen

SLCA Board Member & communications committee

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SLCA Treasurer & Policy & Conservation Committee Member

As Treasurer of the SLCA, His greatest pleasure is annoying fellow board member Jimmy Keithley by playing loud music as they rebolt Wasatch climbs.

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Melissa whalen

SLCA Board Member & events Committee Chair

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights make an airplane.”

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SLCA Board Member & Wasatch Anchor Replacement Initiative Committee Member

“As our public lands come under increasing pressure, and climbing continues to gain popularity, it’s vital that the local community protects, supports, and maintains those places that allow us to pursue our passion and challenge ourselves.”

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SLCA Chair & Policy & Conservation Committee Chair

Chair of the SLCA. Mason sees the SLCA as critical in preserving the climbing experiences and friendships he’s been fortunate to enjoy—especially during a period of rapid growth in the Wasatch.

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Policy & Conservation Committee


Works with the Executive Director to guide development and review of recreational access and conservation advocacy work on public lands, including: legislative and regulatory analysis, federal land agency management, climbing policy/regulations, legislative/regulatory analysis issues, climbing management policy, raptor/climbing issues, fixed anchor policy, and climbing stewardship projects.


Policy & conservation Committee Members

Mason Baker - Chair

Jonathan Knight

Allen Sanderson

Clay Watson

David Carter

Brian Cabe

Jason Hall

Jess Taverna

Michael Mason

Nate Furman

Wasatch Anchor Replacement Initiative (WARI) Committee


Works with the Executive Director to replace fixed anchors in the Wasatch consistent with best practices determined by the committee.  The committee will coordinate with the Policy and Conservation Committee to ensure that fixed anchor replacement work is consistent with applicable land management prescriptions.

WARI Committee Members

Keith Luscinski - Chair

Jimmy Keithley 

Brad Heller

Jonathan Knight

Brad Barlage

Rick Vance

James Garrett

Matt Oakley

Mary Kate Connelly

Drew Bedford

Hayden Jamieson


events Committee


Works to plan and facilitate events including but not limited to: Climb a Mile, the annual fundraiser, the Salt Lake Climbing Festival, and Wine for the Wasatch. These events strive to unite the climbing community.


Communications Committee Members

Melissa Whalen - Chair

Chandler Vaccaro

Carly Mahony

Courtney Getman

Steven Braeger

Melissa Keithley

Mel Taylor

RyLee Bradley

Patty Haltom

Photo by Jeff Skalla

Photo by Jeff Skalla

communications Committee


Works to share the mission of the SLCA with the community.


Communications Committee Members

Eli Kerr - Chair

Cody Porter

Chris Noble

Curtis McDaniel

Heath Christensen

Kathy Karlo

Lauren Callaway

Louis Arevalo

Matt Ward

Tommy Chandler