The nonprofit organization works with the U.S. Forest Service, Utah State Parks and private landowners to alleviate potential access conflicts that may arise, said Executive Director Julia Geisler.
"We provide environmental stewardship, maintain access and provide education about climbing locally," Geisler said. "We try to show land managers that we're a legitimate organization that has trained experts who have been doing technical rock work for 10 years."
Some of the work includes maintaining and building trails to rock-climbing areas, as well as holding outreach and educational programs to help young and beginning climbers learn safe climbing methods.
These projects require money, so the Reel Rock Film Tour will be presented as a special screening and fundraiser during the Park City Film Series in the Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 25.
The event, which is a fundraiser for SLCA and the national climbing organization, the Access Fund, will feature the Reel Rock Film, rated PG-13, which is a documentary comprised of vignettes directed by various filmmakers, Geisler said.
"We work a lot with the Access Fund, and they provide grants for our stewardship projects," Geisler said. "The funds raised will go back into the Salt Lake Climbers' Alliance mission and go into maintenance or working with land managers or sending me to meetings. Some of the money will also go back to grants and representatives to help keep access open in the Access Fund."
One of those projects is the Adopt-a-Crag event,
"We hold it once a year, if not twice, a year in this area," she said. "It's an environmental stewardship project we do at one of the local climbing crags that is in need of trail maintenance or other services in the area that will help keep it sustainable for the future."
SLCA just hosted one of those events the Uintas earlier this year, and did one at the mouth of Parley's Canyon last year.
"We work with whoever owns the lands whether they are private owners, land managers, the Forest Service to do these projects, so there is a lot of collaboration," Geisler said. "Most of the private lands where there is rock is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Cottonwood Canyons and we're working more with them to keep access open and maintaining the environment."
The main purpose of the education and outreach programs are to get younger people, especially teens interested in the stewardship programs.
"That way it will give them a little more ownership of the crags and they can see how and why switchbacks and stairs in the rocks are built for climbers to get access to these areas," Geisler said. "We also trying to establish a mentorship program where we teach them about safe anchors and bolts, and what is safe climbing, especially with the youth coming out of the climbing gyms and onto the real rocks.
"It's scary moving from and indoor setting to the outdoors, because you need a mentor when you're out there and make sure to know what you're doing," she said.
In addition to the film, there will be an opportunity drawing.
"Ramp Snowboards donated a snowboard to give away," Geisler said. "Jans Outdoor Gear, Mountain Ranks, lululemon, American Alpine Club and our five other sponsors Petzl, Liberty, Black Diamond, Backcountry.com and the Front Climbing Club donated other great items for the drawing."
While attending the screening, people will get the opportunity to join the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.
"When you join, you automatically get a membership with Access Fund," said Geisler, who also owns Park City Yoga Adventures.
Membership is $35 a year.
"There are a lot of Park City climbers and I want to bring them into our organization and climbing community," she said. "Just because it says Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, it's not just for Salt Lake Climbers."
The Reel Rock Film Tour will present a special screening during the Park City Film Series on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.parkcityfilmseries.com or www.saltlakeclimbers.org .