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.
We believe in the power of rock climbing to enrich lives. We ensure the community can continue to go climbing.
WHO WE ARE
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.
WHAT WE DO
Advocacy, Stewardship, Community, and Education
Advocacy with land managers and owners to keep access open and serve as a stakeholder in land use planning processes.
Maintaining relationships with land managers is paramount to keeping climbing areas open. These managers range from government land agencies to private land owners. The SLCA is active in land use planning processes including but not limited to the Wasatch Legacy Project, Mountain Accord, Central Wasatch Commission and the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement. The SLCA also has a seat at the table on the Uinta Wasatch Cache Resource Advisory Committee and the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. Furthermore, we try to weigh in on climbing policy issues elsewhere in Utah including Bears Ears National Monument and at Joe’s Valley to represent Wasatch climbers. We frequently go to Washington D.C. to meet with Representatives to talk about the importance of protecting public lands for human powered outdoor recreation opportunities.
Stewardship of climbing resources in the Wasatch.
The SLCA has transitioned from facilitating one or two volunteer Adopt-a-Crags a year in 2012 to large scale climbing infrastructure projects. The SLCA facilitated the largest climbing access trail project in the nation on Forest Service property in 2017. This project won the “Stewardship Project of the Year” award from the State of Utah’s Outdoor Office of Recreation.
In 2012, the SLCA mostly cleaned up trash and scrubbed graffiti. Now projects include: extensive trail and staging area builds using professional crews for hire; fixed anchor replacement supported entirely by volunteer labor; and parking and trailhead amenities through land use planning efforts.
These large scale and focused climbing infrastructure projects have essentially doubled the SLCA’s scope and size during the past four years. The type of work has had substantial results for caring for the climbing resource. When a climbing area is well cared for, the surrounding area also benefits in watershed protection and health as there is less erosion and user impacts to the natural landscape. The SCLA is the local experts in this field and there is no other organization in the Wasatch that fills this role.
Community engagement through events and outreach.
Events in 2012 included one or two Adopt a Crags and the SLCA’s annual fundraiser. Now the SLCA hosts over a dozen Adopt a Crags, fundraising events, the Salt Lake Climbing Festival, and Climb a Mile for the Wasatch in the climbing gyms. The SLCA’s Annual Fundraiser and the Salt Lake Climbing Festival have grown to almost 800 people and 450 people respectively. Climb a Mile is the next largest event with 100+ participants closely followed by other community events.
Education to increase climbing skills knowledge. Cultivate responsible use and ownership of the climbing resource.
Adopt a Crags create ownership and more responsible use of the climbing resource through volunteerism under the direction of professional crews and in partnership with land agencies. The Salt Lake Climbing Festival is a weekend of skills based climbing clinics designed to increase climbing knowledge and gather the community.