The Access Fund Welcomes New Board Members

The Access Fund welcomes five new members to the Access Fund Board of Directors: Mark Crowther, Paul Fish, Troy Mayr, Brad McLeod, and Beaver Theodosakis.

The Access Fund welcomes five new members to the Access Fund Board of Directors. The new members were approved at the recent October Board meeting held in Asheville, NC.

"We are excited to welcome the new board members and look forward to their contributions to the mission of the Access Fund. Each member brings a wealth of experience to our all volunteer Board and will fill an important role over the course of their terms," says Board President, Dan Nordstrom, owner of Washington based Outdoor Research.

Access Fund Board Member terms are three years and it is an unpaid, voluntary position.

Mark Crowther
Mark Crowther is the CEO of Permanent Publishing USA, publisher of Urban Climber Magazine and Surfer's Path. Based in New York, Crowther has over 10 years experience in media, entertainment, and marketing.

Crowther brings high level expertise in marketing, promotions, and communications pertinent to spreading the mission of the Access Fund. This Harvard MBA graduate and former Director of Development at the BBC is experienced in community-building and has a talent for not only reaching out to the next generation of climbers but instilling in them the mission of the Access Fund.

Paul Fish
More than 20 years ago, Paul Fish was running his pack manufacturing company out of his home. Now, Mountain Gear is in the homes of climbers everywhere with a hugely successful internet business complementing his bellwether storefront business in Spokane, WA.

Fish's brainchild, the Red Rock Rendezvous (RRR), has grown into one of the biggest climbing events ever. Like everything he touches, the event is unique. The RRR annually brings together climbers from across the country, no matter what their level of experience, for a three day celebration of climbing in March.

Troy Mayr
A professional photographer and among the first climbers in the US to climb the 5.13a grade, Troy competed in National and World Cup climbing events in the late 80's and early 90's and has authored 5 climbing guidebooks.

In 1994 Troy began a non-profit group, the Climbers Conservation Alliance, in an effort to establish trails and waste disposal solutions for the Williamson Rock area. Now he is head of the Access Fund Affiliate organization Friends of Williamson Rock which was created to mitigate the recent closure of Williamson Rock. Troy is always on the frontlines of working to keep climbing areas open.

Brad McLeod
Brad, an environmental consultant, was one of the founding members of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) and only recently has stepped down as its president. He is responsible for so many things in southeastern climbing—from putting together the Triple Crown bouldering series to saving Boat Rock.

Brad has personally spearheaded climbing preservation efforts at over 600 acres worth of climbing resources and has collaborated with climbers, land owners, government agencies, and other organizations to make this a reality.

Beaver Theodosakis
Founder & CEO of prAna, Beaver has over 25 years of entrepreneurial know-how. Especially adept at reaching the younger audience, Beaver always makes certain that the Access Fund is a central part of prAna and has done so since his company's very beginning.

The constant idea guy, Beaver understands what it takes to run a successful business and more importantly, how to run a responsible company. prAna's groundbreaking Natural Power Initiative shows corporate responsibility and encourages consumers to think about their energy consumption which directly effects our climbing environments. Beaver understands it's not just about selling great clothes, it's about changing the world.

The Access Fund Board of Directors meets three times a year at various locations across the country known for their important climbing resources. The next meeting will be held May 5th 2007 in Yosemite CA.

Since 1991, the Access Fund has been the only national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in ALL forms of climbing; rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: public policy, stewardship & conservation (including grants), grassroots activism, climber education, and land acquisition. For more information visit or