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January 16, 2014

Introducing the 2014 New Conservation Team Crew

The Access Fund is thrilled to introduce our new Conservation Team crew for the 2013 tour—Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson.

Mike and Amanda
Mike and Amanda are a husband/wife team who share a passion for stewardship and climbing. A native of Maine, Mike brings experience in trail building and design as well as working with climbers and land managers to build partnerships and complete stewardship projects that protect the environment and improve access to local crags. Amanda is a Coloradan whose love for education and the outdoors led her to work in environmental education. When she’s not working she can be found at local crags, climbing and honing her photography skills. Amanda frequently volunteers her time to build trail at her local climbing areas and enjoys working with youth as a volunteer climbing educator.

Mike and Amanda are excited to hit the road as the 2014 Conservation Team, with stops throughout the lower 48. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our passion for stewardship and lend a hand at a lot of different locations across the US,” says Mike.  Amanda adds, “One of the best ways to protect access is to be a good steward of the environment.” They are also psyched to sample the climbing in the areas that they will be visiting and have added a few more volumes to their guidebook collection in preparation for their travels. Along their route, Mike and Amanda will be stopping at climbing gyms to meet local climbers, host education trainings, and pass along information about protecting the environment and our climbing areas!

Mike and Amanda will be headed to the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City later this month to share the Conservation Team story with the outdoor industry. They will then return to Boulder for some training before hitting the road at the beginning of February. Their first official conservation stop on the tour will be Moe’s Valley, Utah, where they’ll work with local volunteers to improve three different landing zones around popular boulders. From there they will make a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a gym visit before heading to Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma to continue the work that Eddie and Claire started on last year’s Conservation Team tour.

Please show Mike and Amanda some love if you see their new Jeep Cherokee roll into town to improve your local climbing area!

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Congrats! Mike's a great guy who does a lot for us Golden climbers through his work w/ JeffCo open space; this is certainly well-deserved.

Congratulations -- Way to go guys!

Congrats, folks. Sounds like an awesome adventure. Looking at stewardship and access through environmental conservation, I hope you have a stop in West Virginia planned. Considering the recent chemical spill, there has never been more need for promoting environmental stewardship in a state ravaged by industry. I fully agree that conservation is paramount to access, because access means nothing if the area is destroyed. I recently published a post on my climbing blog urging climbers from all regions to speak up for West Virginia, and also for the areas they love to frequent. Check it out at http://ropetrip.blogspot.com/2014/01/west-virginias-water-woes-and-why-they.html

Spread the word and keep fighting the good fight.

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