The Access Fund
is a great model as a sport advocacy group. I joined the Access Fund over 15 years ago, and have always thought their approach would be perfect for kiting.
I continue to be impressed by how effective The Access Fund is, even in what seems on the surface to be hopeless situations dealing with closed areas, private land owners preventing climbers from access their property, and long running bureaucratic battles.
For example, just recently, after over 20 years of work
, The Access Fund has received notice that US National Park Service will be Authorizing Fixed Anchors in Wilderness Areas
. This is huge news, something US climbers have been trying to get for decades. A kiting equivalent would be opening all wilderness areas to snow-kiting (for those of you that know that you can't snow-kite in may designated wilderness areas under BLM governance).
The Access Fund
- Have reversed laws that threatened climbing and access to wilderness areas.
- Purchased land where there is climbing.
- Established laws protecting land owners, where climbing occurs on private land.
- Continue to help improve the image of their sport, through several programs including "adopt-a-crag" where climbers participate in trail clean-ups on both public and private land.
- Continually communicate about access issues to members.
I think it would be great if we could get together to form a similar, professional advocacy group(s).
Are there any kiting advocacy groups that even come close to this sort of record, or have this type of vision?
I've mentioned this group to my local kite boarding association, they kind of laughed it off, and couldn't get past the fact that it wasn't kiting related.