At Island Rock Gym, our passion is supporting the climbing community and continuing to grow the sport we love. But we’re also a values-driven business, passionate about operating in a way that is sustainable to our community and our planet. To that end, we’re proud to support the following initiatives:
We are proud supporters of the Access Fund, a national organization whose mission is to keep climbing areas open and to conserve the environment; the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA), a nonprofit organization of dedicated climbers who replace unsafe anchors and reduce the visual and environmental impacts of climbing; the Big City Mountaineers, whose work transforms the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills; and the Washington Climber’s Coalition whose goal is to keep Washington climbing vibrant by working with land managers and property owners on climbing issues, educating climbers about legal, environmental and resource concerns, and promoting climber stewardship of our cliffs and boulders.
Watch for upcoming opportunities to contribute tour our fundraising efforts, including events affiliated with Access Fund including “adopt a crag”, an effort to clean up outdoor climbing areas nationwide so that all may continue to enjoy them.
Supporting Local Businesses
We are a locally owned business who believes in supporting and strengthening local economies. We are a proud member of the Sustainable Business Network and support SBN’s mission:
“A membership-based network of locally owned businesses, organizations and engaged citizens, dedicated to strengthening our local economy through education, networking, marketing, and the promotion of business practices and policies that are socially, environmentally and economically responsible.”
When IRG was built, we worked hard to utilize reclaimed materials in the creation of the gym interior. Much of the 20,000 lbs. of steel supporting the climbing walls was reclaimed, as well as a percentage of the climbing holds. We were also able to re-purpose the materials that were removed in the demolition stage and use them to build the gym’s office and dressing rooms.