This week, the Climb The Hill campaign will see professional climbers and outdoor advocates descending upon Washington, D.C. once again to discuss public land policies with legislators. The project aims to stand up for America’s climbing landscapes, which are almost solely located on public lands.

Climb The Hill was formulated by the American Alpine Club and Access Fund, and this year’s campaign runs from May 9-11. Professional climbers like Jimmy Chin, Sasha DiGiulian, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell and Margo Hayes will be joined by prominent outdoor industry executives from Adidas, The North Face, Patagonia and REI, as well as non-profit partners like Outdoor Alliance (OA), Latino Outdoors, Brothers of Climbing, Brown Girls Climb, American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).

Access Fund estimates that nearly 60 percent of climbing areas are located on federally managed public lands. With actions like the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, many climbing and outdoor advocates view public lands as being under threat. Climb The Hill aims to have a say in the public lands discussion by those who recreate on them.

“Climb The Hill is an incredible opportunity to bring the climbing community together and ensure we have a seat at the decision-making table,” policy director for American Alpine Climbing Maria Povec told SGB Media. “It’s a privilege to lead this project with our partners at Access Fund who have spent years working on policy issues and meeting with lawmakers.

“With so many attacks on public lands, this is the time to work together and galvanize climbers.”

The four specific issues they aim to discuss with policy makers and federal land management authorities this week include the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Antiquities Act and balanced energy development.

With a few days in front of those who decide America’s public land policies, hopefully these dedicated advocates can show the need for protecting our public lands.

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