Climbers are passionate about the outdoors and cherish the mountains and climbing areas. Our activity brings us closer to nature and fosters a desire for environmental protection. We want to see the forests and mountains where we climb protected in their natural state, with clean air and clean water.

Traditionally, in many countries, climbers have been, for decades, strong advocates for conservation of the mountains and the environment in general. In Brazil, for example, climber-activists have successfully lobbied for the protection of many climbing areas. In Chile, Conservación Cochamó led the fight (along with Acceso Sur and Access PanAm) to protect Cochamó, a pristine climbing area in Northern Patagonia, from seven hydro-electric power plants.

Climbers have the right to access climbing areas and the responsibility to act as stewards of the lands we use. Conservation projects preserve the area’s stunning natural beauty and promote climbing sustainability.

APA approaches conservation and access issues with a commitment to long-term change, inspiring positive resource stewardship through public service projects at local climbing areas, such as trail building, maintenance, and signage, visitor’s education, reforestation, and garbage collection.