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As you click through the prompts when buying a pair of Scarpa shoes online you are asked if you would like to donate to the Access Fund. You may wonder what value this has…Myself, Jimmy Keithley, and my family headed to Oakland, CA this past weekend for the Access Fund Annual Summit and Dinner. Keep on reading to see what we experienced and you will see the importance of such an organization. The weekend consisted of workshops that focused on various issues affecting climbers, as well as a semi formal dinner party focusing on raising funds and highlighting some of those in our community.
It all started with a light breakfast Saturday morning followed by a welcoming talk & round table discussion. It was kicked off with some brief introductions of the Access Fund Staff and the Title Sponsor, Patagonia, was able to explain reasons it was important to support such an event. Then the round table got underway in earnest. Everyone was encouraged to briefly introduce themselves and highlight some concerns or success they had or what they hoped to gain from the event. There were LCOs (Local Climbing Organizations), Pro Athletes, climbing brand representatives as well as many others. After this the group divided into workshops covering a variety of subjects…
- Advocacy 101: Why and How we Should Get Involved. The speakers were representatives of LCOs, Access Fund Board Members & Native Land Regional Coordinator and Tommy Caldwell. This clinic identified ways we can all make a difference no matter how small a roll we play in the climbing community. This can amplify the climbing community voice.
- Sustainable Bolt Replacement. The Speakers other than Access Fund Representative included many other hardworking re-bolters from around the nation including Me, Jimmy Keithley (father of Scarpa Athletes - Noah and Zoe). Slides and stories were shared that showed the importance of this work. Re-bolting techniques were discussed as well.
- Connecting with New Climbers: This culturally diverse panel discussed the importance & creative ways to reach out to new climbers and get them involved in the climbing community.
- Climbing Access Inventories: The Key For Successful Stewardship. Ty - Access Fund Stewardship Director & Katie - Access Fund Policy Association gave an update into some recent projects (Joe’s Valley,Little Cottonwood Canyon, Lovers Leap) and what it took to get to this point. Importance of utilizing tools provided by AF and working together to speed up the process. This workshop was wrapped up with updates by Eric Bissell the Yosemite Climbing Ranger.
- Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation on Public Lands. This discussion was led by Erick Murdock - AF Policy Director & Sociologist Dr. James Maples. Climbers stoke the economy. March 2016 in Red River Gorge, KY climbing brought $3.6 Million into the local economy. May 2016, Chatty, TN $6.9 Million. James help all to see we as climbers have a positive economic around the areas we climb, and this needs to be conveyed to land owners and local agencies.
- Building Your LCO for the Long Haul: Organizational Succession and Board Diversity: This panel of LCOs discussed ways to avoid mistakes and effectively share information and communicate effectively.
- The Jail House Story. Unlocking lessons from preserving privately owned climbing areas: Tom Addison and Joe Sambataro told the story of how that land was purchased for Jail house as well as issues with a new crag in a some what similar predicament.
- Advocacy to the 115th Congress. How to engage in a New Political Landscape. This Access Fund Panel discussed the unique situation we are in and gave guidance for navigating and soliciting political help.
After a brief conclusion the Summit work portion of the day concluded. It was time to clean up and head to the Stand up for Public Lands Annual Dinner and Fundraiser!
The Dinner was held at the Beautiful Oakland Rotunda. This large round building served as a the magnificent back drop to the evenings festivities. Silent Auction items were shown off. These included thing from climbing gear to beautiful works of art. Drinks were flowing and music played. After enough time to get every one loosened up, the tables were set and people began to take their seats for the evenings main event. At this time there was a live auction with such items as…fully catered guided trips and personal climbing excursions. These big ticket items brought in a lot of cash that will help fund climbing areas nationally.
Once the Auction concluded there was the award ceremony. The “Sharp End Awards” were given to volunteers who are giving back to the climbing community in various ways. There were those who are helping protect climbing in Washington, those who are replacing anchors, and heads of commerce who are supporting these works by funding various grants. It also included those who are trying to set a good example as a family for our climbing community. This was the first time the “Sharp End Award” was given to a family and we were honored to be the recipients!
Brady Robinson was also given the award for 10 years of service. Brady then introduced the Key Speaker: Jimmy Chin. Jimmy shared heartwarming stories and great anecdotes that kept everyone entertained. He also shared a clip from his upcoming film (yet to be released) Sorry no spoilers here. The night ended with every one full of good food and great stories.
Sunday Concluded the Summit with an on sight visit to Castle Rock. This area is well known for its amazing routes and boulder problems. This on-sight visit gave the local Bay Area Climbers Coalition an opportunity to show what good stewardship looks like. But that wasn’t it. What would a climbing Summit be like with out some rock climbing. Many stuck around do a little climbing to conclude the weekend!
Take Action! Please consider - Donating when you see the Donate Button, Volunteer when you see an Opportunity, or at the very least…Thank Your Local LCO and Volunteers!
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17. WARNING: SKIING, CLIMBING, MOUNTAINEERING, TRAIL RUNNING, HIKING, WALKING, AND RELATED ACTIVITIES, ARE POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING, HAZARDOUS, AND DANGEROUS. By purchasing or using any SCARPA equipment in any manner, you agree that you are: (1) personally and solely responsible for: (a) learning and knowing the limits and capabilities of the equipment and yourself, (b) the proper use of and techniques for such equipment, (c) making responsible, sound decisions in changing situations, and (2) assuming all risks and accepting full and complete responsibility for any and all damages and injury of any kind to yourself or others, including death, paralysis, and serious injury, which may result from or is related to your use of any equipment manufactured by or purchased through SCARPA, its partners, Websites, or retailers. In addition, YOU AGREE TO ASSUME ALL RISKS AND ACCEPT FULL AND COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES AND INJURY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DEATH, PARALYSIS, AND SERIOUS INJURY, WHICH MAY RESULT FROM OR IS RELATED TO YOUR USE OF OR RELIANCE UPON ANY MATERIALS OR INFORMATION PRODUCED BY SCARPA, ITS PARTNERS, AND/OR THAT IS CONTAINED IN ANY SCARPA WEBSITES, CATALOGS, PUBLICATIONS, OR OTHER SCARPA MATERIALS. Resources like the SCARPA Websites and publications can provide useful information and tips, but they are no substitute for good decision making, safe and appropriate use of equipment, or professional instruction for the numerous hazardous situations in which you may choose to use SCARPA products.
18. Disclosure of Your Information. You agree and SCARPA reserves the right at all times and without further notice to disclose any information that SCARPA deems necessary to comply with any applicable law, regulation, administrative or legal process or governmental request. SCARPA also may disclose your information when SCARPA determines that applicable law requires or permits such disclosure, including exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection purposes. You agree that SCARPA may disclose any information we have about you (including your identity) if SCARPA determines that such disclosure is necessary in connection with any investigation or complaint regarding your use of the Websites, or to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with, either intentionally or unintentionally, the Websites, SCARPA’s rights or property, or the rights or property of the Websites’ users, including SCARPA’s customers. You acknowledge and agree that SCARPA may preserve any transmittal or communication by you, including emails, through the Websites or any service offered on or through the Websites, and may also disclose such data if required to do so by law or SCARPA determines that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) comply with legal process, (2) enforce these Terms, (3) respond to claims that any such data violates the rights of others, and/or (4) protect the rights, property or personal safety of SCARPA, its employees, users of or visitors to the Websites, and the public.
19. Indemnity. YOU AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD SCARPA, ITS SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS, AND ITS AND THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CO-BRANDERS OR OTHER PARTNERS, HARMLESS FROM ANY DEMANDS, DAMAGES, LOSS, LIABILITY, CLAIMS OR EXPENSES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND JUDGMENTS OF ANY KIND OR NATURE), MADE AGAINST OR INCURRED BY SCARPA BY YOU, ANY PERSON OR ENTITY ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF, AND/OR ANY THIRD PARTY RELATED TO, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR IMPROPER USE OF THE WEBSITES, YOUR BREACH OF ANY OF THESE TERMS, AND/OR ANY OTHER VIOLATION BY YOU THAT CREATES LIABILITY FOR SCARPA. This provision may be unenforceable or inapplicable within the State of New Jersey.
20. Applicable Law; Dispute Resolution; Arbitration; Class Action Waiver; Miscellaneous Provisions. By visiting or using any SCARPA Websites, you agree that:
(1) All matters relating to these Terms, and/or your access to or use of the Websites, including all disputes, will be governed by the laws of the United States and by the laws of the State of Colorado without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions.
(2) In the event of any controversy or dispute between SCARPA and you arising out of or in connection with these Terms and/or your use of the Websites, SCARPA and you shall attempt, promptly and in good faith, to resolve any such dispute. If we are unable to resolve any such dispute within thirty (30) days, then either party may request that such controversy or dispute be mediated. The mediation may be conducted in person, through the submission of documents, by phone or online. If conducted in person, the mediation shall take place in Boulder, Colorado. If the dispute is not resolved through mediation within a reasonable time (not to exceed sixty (60) days from the mediation request), then the parties shall be free to pursue any right or remedy available to them under applicable law through binding arbitration as described below.
(3) BINDING ARBITRATION: In the event of any dispute arising under or relating to these Terms your access to or use of the Websites (including products or services sold or distributed by SCARPA through SCARPA Websites), such dispute will be finally and exclusively resolved by binding arbitration. NEITHER YOU NOR WE SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO LITIGATE ANY CLAIM IN COURT OR TO HAVE THE CLAIM DECIDED BY A JUDGE OR JURY. DISCOVERY RIGHTS, SUCH AS EACH PARTY'S RIGHT TO THE EXCHANGE OF PREHEARING INFORMATION OR PREHEARING TAKING OF SWORN TESTIMONY, MAY ALSO BE LIMITED IN ARBITRATION. All disputes will be resolved before a neutral arbitrator, whose decision will be final except for a limited right of appeal under the Federal Arbitration Act. The arbitration shall be commenced and conducted under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and, where appropriate, the AAA’s Consumer Arbitration Rules, both of which are available at the AAA website www.adr.org. The arbitration may be conducted in person, through the submission of documents, by phone or online. If conducted in person, the arbitration shall take place in Boulder, Colorado. The parties may litigate in court to compel arbitration, to stay proceeding pending arbitration, or to confirm, modify, vacate or enter judgment on the award entered by the arbitrator. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to these Terms.
(4) CLASS ACTION WAIVER: Any arbitration or proceeding shall be limited to the dispute between us and you individually. To the full extent permitted by law, (a) no arbitration or proceeding shall be joined with any other; (b) there shall be no right or authority for any dispute to be arbitrated or resolved on a class action-basis or to utilize class action procedures; and (c) there shall be no right or authority for any dispute to be brought in a purported representative capacity on behalf of the general public or any other persons. YOU AGREE THAT YOU MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST US ONLY IN YOUR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING.
(5) You hereby irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law, (a) any objection that you may now or hereafter have to such jurisdiction and venue and (b) any claim that any such arbitration proceeding has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Note that the preceding provision regarding venue may not apply if you are a consumer based in the European Union, however, in all cases, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall not apply in any dispute arising out of or related to these Terms;
(6) Any and all claims arising out of or related to these Terms must be brought by you within one (1) year after the cause of action arises, or such claim or cause of action is forever and irrevocably barred. Claims made under the separate terms and conditions of purchase for goods and services are not subject to this limitation.
(7) No recovery may be sought or received by you against SCARPA for damages other than your out-of-pocket expenses, excluding attorney fees.
(8) A printed version of these Terms and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in any mediation or arbitration proceeding based upon or relating to these Terms to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. All headings in these Terms are for convenience or reference only and shall be ignored in construing these Terms.
(9) SCARPA’s failure to enforce all or any part of these Terms or respond to a breach thereof by you or any other party shall not in any way be construed as a waiver or a relinquishment of any right granted SCARPA hereunder of the future performance of all or any part of these Terms, and your obligations set forth in these Terms shall continue in full force and effect.
(10) If any provision in these Terms is held invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, the invalid or unenforceable provision will be modified to the minimum extent necessary and deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remaining provisions of these Terms will continue in full force and effect.
(11) These Terms contain the entire and final agreement regarding SCARPA Websites and their Content, and supersede any prior or contemporaneous communications between you and SCARPA regarding the Websites.
(12) Any offer for any feature, product or service made on the Websites is void where prohibited. If you choose to access the Websites from outside the U.S., you are solely responsible for complying with applicable U.S. and local laws. Although the Websites may be accessible worldwide, not all products or features provided or offered through the Websites are available in all geographic locations, or available (legally or otherwise) for use outside of the U.S. SCARPA reserves the right to limit, in its sole discretion, the provision and quantity of any product or feature shown on the Websites to any person or geographic area.
(13) All rights not explicitly granted in these Terms are hereby reserved by SCARPA.
(14) By continuing to use the SCARPA Websites, you hereby agree and intend to be bound by these Terms.
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