Northwest Sustainable Climbing Conference


Climbing, as a mainstream American sport, is growing exponentially, estimated at 350,000 users in 1994 to 6.8 million today. As climbers, land managers, and recreational providers, this means more opportunities to make our outdoor places inclusive and create the next generation of recreation stewards in Oregon and Washington. It also means more challenges for managing impacts, educating user groups, and providing access while protecting our natural resources. Join the Mazamas, Access Fund, and Oregon State Parks as we explore collaborative partnerships to create a sustainable future of recreation and conservation.

The Northwest Sustainable Climbing Conference will focus on:

  • Connecting youth with the outdoors;
  • Promoting conservation within the current climbing community; and
  • Bringing different stakeholders together to create partnerships.

Speakers include: Alan Watts, Lisa Sumption (Oregon State Parks Director), Ian Caldwell (Oregon State Parks), Joe Sambataro (Access Fund), Adam Baylor (Mazamas), Becca Polgase (Mountaineers), Greg Orton (SW Oregon Climbers Coalition), Joe Olbrych (Mountains to Sound Greenway), John Connor (Climbing Stewards), Zachary Winters (US Forest Service), Erik Murdock (Access Fund), Claire Nelson (Big City Mountaineers), Randy Kline (Washington State Parks), Keith Daellenbach (Madrone Wall Preservation Committee), Scott Brown (Smith Rock State Park), Kellie Rice (MWPC), Jeremy Park (Washington Climbers Coalition), John McCauley (Outdoor Alliance), Adam Snyder (Portland Rock Gym), Ann Griffin (Mazamas), Jorge Guzman (Vive NW), Michele Scalice (Oregon State Parks), Sarah Wolfe (smArts), Ben Hedstrom (Oregon State Parks), Jeff Mast (US Forest Service), and more!

Nov. 17 at Ecotrust (Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center) 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Nov. 18 at the Mazama Mountaineering Center 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Get the Full Conference Schedule (PDF)