Episode 56 Interview: Access Fund National Conservation Team – Climbing the Nose of El Cap

Interview: Access Fund National Conservation Team – Climbing the Nose of El Cap

The Access Fund is a non-profit committed to protecting climbing access and the integrity of America’s outdoor rock climbing areas. They face issues like loss of areas as private land is lost to development, or public land managers regulate the areas, or climbers overuse an area and degrade it. The Access Fund focuses on a couple areas.

  1. Legal policy and advocacy for rock climbers.
  2. Land acquisition and protection
  3. Conservation and making sure the climber aren’t loving the crags to death
  4. Risk management and working with land owner in overcoming liability lawsuits
  5. Educating climbers on Leave No Trace
  6. Helping organize local support at climbing areas

As you can imagine this is a herculean effort. One of the programs to help with this is the National Conservation Team. This year there are two young women who make up this team:

Annabelle McClure from Colorado: a 26-year-old biochemist


Andrea Hassler from Maryland: a 29-year-old who specializes in applied geography and connecting people with place.

Join me today for the interview with these two women and the story of their climbing expeditions on El Cap, one of the premier multi-day climbs in the world.

For more information on the Access Fund or to get in touch with the National Conservation Team:



About the author, Lori

Lori is the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing candid interviews and conversations about living our best life stories on purpose. Lori pulls no punches in capturing interviews that shine a light on how we make it through the hard stuff – stress, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, rape, the death of children, abuse, divorce and the real stuff we have to deal with. But, she also shares interviews with Olympians and incredible athletes, life coaches, therapists, and people who are changing the world – most often these two categories are one and the same. She has a master’s degree in Folklore--her research focuses on the personal narrative. She is the author of six books and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles, including her latest, L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every Day. She consults with individuals on a personal and business level in helping them find their stories, reframe the ones that are holding them back, and manage the stories they currently tell themselves in order to create the story they personally want to live.

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