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WARNING: Climbing is inherently dangerous and requires the careful assessment and acceptance of risk. No single resource contains a full description of all the knowledge needed for indoor and/or outdoor climbing. It is up to you to decide if you have the appropriate experience, gear, ability, and knowledge to climb different terrain both indoors and outdoors. This resource guide is intended as a reference tool to learn more  about climbing, outdoor climbing areas, and the greater climbing community. It is not an instruction manual.

Climbing Advocacy Groups:

These are groups you can become members of or follow on social media to learn about issues in the climbing community, help advocate for climbing access, as well as be a part of climbing cleanups, activity groups, and trail work.

Climbing Area Rules and Regulations:

These resources will help you be a more responsible user of public lands, aware of what is required of climbers to maintain access to our climbing areas, and help create a more enjoyable experience for all people recreating in climbing areas. Additionally, you will find resources such as maps, campsites near climbing, and fire regulations.


Mountain Project:

Leave No Trace:

Forest Service Outdoor Ethics:

El Dorado National Forest (Hwy 50 corridor):

Tahoe National Forest (Hwy 80 corridor):

Wilderness Areas (such as Desolation Wilderness):

Stanislaus, Sierra, and Inyo National Forest (surrounding Bishop and
Yosemite areas):

Bureau of Land management Camping and Climbing Regulations:

Yosemite NPS Rules and Regulations:

Joshua Tree NPS Rules and Regulations:

Raptor Closures:

(Always check for raptor closure signs and online info using the resources above and DO NOT
climb if there is a raptor closure.)

Not All Rocks Should Be Climbed:

Climbers have a long and sordid history of climbing in sacred areas that they have been asked not to climb by the people indigenous to that land. Please do not be like those climbers and show respect for indigenous people and their culture. A little research goes a long way in ensuring you are a visitor that treats the land and its people with respect. A few resources for indigenous advocacy groups in popular climbing areas are listed below, as are some cultural resource centers and sites that can be helpful in finding out where is appropriate to climb. Consider making a purchase at, or donating to, an indigenous organization while on their land and/or visiting a cultural center.

Payahuunadü (Bishop/ Owens Valley) area:

(pronounced pie-ah-who-nah-do and meaning the place of flowing water)

Tahoe Area:

Ahwhanee (Yosemite) Area:

(pronounced Ah-wan-knee and meaning open or large mouth) 

Find a Partner:
Check out the dedicated section of the Granite Arch Community Board
(directly left upon entering the gym) for finding partners!

Grants and Scholarships:
Looking to fund a big dream or just want some help getting into climbing?
Look here!

AAC Live your Dream:

The North Face Explore Fund (grants for climbing organizations):

The Dirtbag Fund:

Climbing 4 Change Grants:

AMGA Affinity Groups (Scholarships for the LGBT+ and BIPOC Community):

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