Climbers with a favorite local climbing area can propose infrastructure improvements through the American Alpine Club’s new Cornerstone Conservation Grant. Designed to help preserve and protect climbing resources, the grants make $25,000 available to build trails, improve or place fixed anchors, develop “human waste management solutions” (see the CMC and Alan Arnette's blog post), and generally make alpine areas more earth- and user-friendly. To apply for the grants, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, alpinists can visit americanalpineclub.org/cornerstone before August 15—but applicants must have the support of the local climbing community, propose a sustainable project, and run on volunteer labor. There are more guidelines on Black Diamond Equipment’s blog, and an application form at the club’s website.
Read more at the American Alpine Club