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Supporting community involvement

We host several affinity groups that empower climbers of a shared background to come together for support and inspiration. Sponsorships and scholarships are made available to anyone demonstrating outstanding community involvement or facing economic barriers to obtain memberships and access to youth programs. We also partner with a number of local non-profit organizations and host regular drives and initiatives for their interest.

Affinity groups

South Eastern Queer ClimbersClimbing Meetup

This affinity group’s mission is to facilitate a sense of safety and community for minority identities, including but not limited to LGBTQIA+FOLX. Meetings are hosted on the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30pm. On the day of this meetup, all participants of get half-off day passes ($10) including gear that can be used ALL day. Follow SEQC on Instagram!

NC BIPOC climbersmeetup

This group is a great resource for local Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color who like to climb. Meetings are hosted on the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting at 7:30pm. On the day of this meetup, all participants of get half-off day passes ($10) including gear that can be used ALL day. Check out their website for additional info and follow them on Instagram!

Ladies Climbing CoalitionClimbing Meetup

The Ladies Climbing Coalition’s mission is to connect and empower all women and non-binary folx who are comfortable in spaces that center the experiences of women through climbing. We are dedicated to breaking down barriers to entry – access, opportunity, cost. We strive to build community and foster positivity, inspiration, motivation, and growth. Join us and LCC on the last Wednesday of every month for our ladies climbing night starting at 6:00pm. This event is for all women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a spaces that center the experiences of women. On the day of this meetup, all participants of get half-off day passes ($10) including gear that can be used ALL day.


Climbing Sponsorships

For climbers who demonstrate community involvement or face barriers in being able to climb, Cultivate Climbing offers sponsorships in the form of subsidized memberships, and discounted gear.


We are happy to provide scholarships for access to our youth programs for young climbers whose families face economic burdens or other barriers to access. Scholarships are currently available for our Club and Team programs.

Community partners

Carolina Climbers' Coalition

The Carolina Climber’s Coalition was established January 16, 1995 with the purposes of preserving the natural environment, promoting safe climbing practices and preserving climber’s access to climbing areas in North and South Carolina. Since 1995, the Carolina Climbers Coalition has grown and expanded. Today the CCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Access Fund

The access fund is a community of climbing advocates who love our climbing landscapes and the experiences they offer—and we are willing and committed to fight for them. Not just for access, but for the integrity of these amazing places. Access Fund is a certified land trust, advocates for climbers at the local and national levels, and maintaining active Memorandums of Understanding with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

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