Climbing is a welcome and historical use by the National Park Service, US Forest Service,
Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Army Corp of Engineers
The Ohio Climbers Coalition, (OCC)is a non-profit corporation whose
purpose is to promote and protect Ohios climbing for generations to come.
The Ohio Climbers Coalition helps to organize volunteer events across the state, providing climbers with the support and
resources that allow them to care for and give back to lands where they climb. Our signature
stewardship program with our partnerthe Access Fund, Adopt-a-Crag, exists to unite local climbing communities in partnerships with land managers to conserve their local
climbing areas. These events often include litter clean-ups, visual
impact mitigation, trail construction and restoration,
erosion control, and wildlife monitoring.
Climbing is a low impact activity with more than 6.5 million annual
27% of climbers in 2012 were first-time participants, an indicator of the
26 is the median age for climbing
by the numbers
58% of Ohio college students plan to leave the state after finishing school. Finding a place that is active, exciting and fun was the second highest priority
The 4 largest park systems in Northeast Ohio have more than 72,000 acres, but only 1 outdoor climbing area
86% of climbers climb outside of their home state
80% of climbers participate in a cross-over sport such as mountain biking or hiking
More than 50% of all married couples and those living with
domestic partners are outdoor participants, suggesting that
outdoor activities are family-friendly
Access to public lands for rock climbing will rise in importance
given its projected growth according to a US Forestry Service Report
The Ohio Climbers Coalitionenvisions a world where climbers are seen as stewards of the land versus simply
users of the land. To this end, we advocate for a balance between recreational access and environmental conservation, and we encourage climbers to respect and
honor the places and policies where they climb.
The Ohio Climbers Coalition is a partner with theLeave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics,the most widely
accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.The Ohio Climber Coalitionactivelypromotesthe seven Leave No Trace principles which isabout making
good decisions to protect the world around us.
Working as a united community, in cooperation with land managers and environmental agencies, improves
the reputation of climbers as legitimate, responsible, and conservation-minded stewards.
The OCC works closely with the Access Fund, the nations only national advocacy organization
whose mission is to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment. The Access Fund works with land managers from
coast-to-coast to address and allay their concerns about potential liability exposure resulting from recreational rock climbing, as well as questions about climbings impact on the environment.
The Access Fund collaborates with some of the countrys foremost environmental organizations,
including Earthworks, the Sierra Club, the Trust for Public Lands, Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, and National Parks and
With the help of the Access Fund we want to work with state and local officials and land managers to help developed climbing management policies for
public and private lands in order to expand the opportunities for people to rock climb in Ohio.
To promote and protect Ohios climbing for generations to come