AAC Members Lauded by Access Fund
Two AAC members are among the climber-activists recently honored by the Access Fund with 2009 Sharp End Awards. The awards celebrate individuals and businesses that stand out in their volunteer efforts to preserve access and the climbing environment.
Anthony Love received the 2009 Bebie Leadership Award as “America’s outstanding activist for the cause of preserving climbing access and the climbing environment.” As president of the Carolina Climbers Coalition, Love helped lead the recent effort to acquire the Rumbling Bald West Side Boulders in North Carolina, and has been instrumental in climbing-management planning for Laurel Knob and continued access to the privately owned Asheboro Boulders.
Aaron Gibson, co-owner of the Rocktown Climbing Gym and coach of the Oklahoma Climbing Team, won a Sharp End Award for his leadership in climbing-management planning and trail projects throughout Oklahoma. Gibson has been an Access Fund regional coordinator since 2004 and has played an integral role in helping to preserve climbing access at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. He also provided lobbying support for the Access Fund’s meetings with Oklahoma’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.
Other awards went to Thomas Ling, founder of the Mid-Atlantic Climbers Coalition; Clif Bar & Company; and Brian Sabourin, founder of the new Northeast Ohio Climbers Coalition. Click here to read the full press release from the Access Fund.
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