The mission of Stronger Together is to promote and protect inclusive and welcoming access to rock climbing for people across socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and for people of all abilities.
We amplify our effects by partnering with organizations who share our vision for building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just world.
Teams raised money for local causes and competed to log the most climbs in our epic Climbathon event, held on Saturday, October 30th. This five-hour long climbing event was the culmination of a six-week fundraising challenge.
We raised money through TRC’s Climbathon to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties and GallantFew.
Our Climbathon teams raised a combined total of $40,628. As the event concluded, TRC’s Managing Partners elected to provide a company donation to these nonprofits and bring our combined fundraising total to $50,000.
Many thanks to our brand partners for contributing prizes: Trango, Black Diamond, Friction Labs, MHM Distributors (Butora), Evolv, and Petzl. Thank you all for sharing in the excitement!
1. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Increase access to climbing by providing facilities and programs that build relationships across socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and for people of all abilities.
2. YOUTH ENGAGEMENT: Introduce young people from a diversity of backgrounds to climbing, and foster a supportive and inclusive pipeline for continued engagement with the sport and the community.
3. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Protect outdoor climbing areas by conserving the land and keeping access to climbing open to all.
Adaptive Climbing Class
Founded from the need seen during TRC-Fayetteville’s Adaptive Climbing Nights, TRC-Fayetteville is thrilled to provide an exciting new landscape for learning and engagement for youth with adaptive needs. Partnering with Lifespan, this class will double as an emotional well-being class and help to keep kids active in a safe, structured environment. Classes will be offered Thursdays at 11 AM and 12 PM. Call the office at 910-868-7625 to book your time or email TRC-Fayetteville’s Club Director, Tamara.
American Alpine Club – Triangle Chapter
The Triangle Chapter of the American Alpine Club empowers climbers to pursue their passion for climbing. The AAC runs free “best practices” clinics at Triangle Rock Club, and we host these free of charge. These clinics are open to all, and you don’t need to be an AAC member to attend.
Carolina Climbers Coalition
The Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) was founded as a nonprofit in 1995 with a mission to preserve, protect, and expand climbing within the Carolinas and beyond. The CCC works with various land managers, State Parks, National Forests, land trusts, other nonprofits, businesses, and the climbing community to help steward areas with existing climbing and open the access door to new climbing areas. TRC has historically supported membership drives, promoting CCC events and through fundraisers like Mile High Climb and various film screenings.
Climbing For Change
Climbing For Change, founded by pro climber and former TRC member Kai Lightner, aims to tackle racial disparities in climbing and diversify the climbing industry. The mission of this organization is connecting underserved communities with individuals and organizations that seek to increase minority participation in rock climbing and the outdoor adventure industry. TRC is partnering with Climbing For Change in Fall 2020 through a t-shirt and sticker fundraiser at all of our gyms, in which the net profits are donated directly to Climbing for Change. We are also sponsoring a Mile-High Climb in Richmond in Fall 2020 with proceeds benefiting the organization.
Duke Adaptive Climbing
The mission of Duke Adaptive Climbing is to provide rock climbing opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the Triangle Area. Opportunities to learn to rock climb are available to ambulatory and non-ambulatory teens, adults and children ages 6 and up. Duke Adaptive Climbing works to create a welcoming and fully inclusive environment to learn the sport of rock climbing. Triangle Rock Club provides free access to the facilities for these events.
Fayetteville Adaptive Climbing
With support from Duke Adaptive, Triangle Rock Club launched our very own Fayetteville Adaptive Climbing Program in June of 2016. Triangle Rock Club’s Adaptive Climbing Program gives individuals with disabilities the chance to experience the joy and exhilaration of the sport of climbing. Our Fayetteville community trains volunteers prior to our scheduled adaptive climb nights.
GallantFew is a 501c3 Non-profit, with a mission to assist Veterans and Service Members as they navigate the transitions of life. From Military to Civilian Life or one job to the next, GallantFew’s STAR Transition navigation assessment provides a roadmap to your next objective, filled with Hope and Purpose. GallantFew connects with Veterans through outdoor recreation like rock climbing and introduces them to other tools that can help enhance resilience in life. GallantFew looks to connect, educate, and empower Veterans of all Branches, and all timeframes to be a resource for someone in their community. GallantFew has hosted events our Triangle-area locations, and they will be hosting events at our Fayetteville location beginning in August 2020. These include hosting Military Climbing Night, a weekly link-up for Veterans and Service members to climb and find fellowship with others.
Global Climbing Day
Triangle Rock Club teams up annually with The North Face to lower the barriers to entry for climbing by celebrating Global Climbing Day. We provide free access to our facilities and safety training on Global Climbing Day. With restrictions in place in NC this year, we will be hosting Global Climbing Day at our Richmond location in August 2020.
Keep Virginia Cozy
Keep Virginia Cozy’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire all Virginians to care for our wild places. We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations. TRC has hosted a number of quarterly events with Keep Virginia Cozy, including the Mile High Climb–for which all proceeds went to Keep Virginia Cozy.
Rise RVA’s mission is to inspire Richmond City’s middle school students to engage in their community, excel in their education, and exceed their expectations through the culture of rock climbing. Triangle Rock Club hosts the Homeroom Roccks program, which focuses primarily on team building and self motivation activities to encourage responsibility and awareness of the role each student can play in their classroom and community. This is an entry-level rock climbing program that introduces the fundamentals of rock climbing. In an effort to continue to build and foster positive relationships with students in our Homeroom Rocks program, we also host Rise RVA’s Belay Friday, an after school program that occurs on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month throughout the year.
Triangle PRIDE Climbing Club
Triangle PRIDE Climbing Club is an organization focused on increasing sexual orientation and gender identity diversity within the local climbing community. Through regular climbing meetups, social events, and trip-coordination, Triangle PRIDE Climbing Club hopes to develop a strong family of LGBT+ climbers and allies. We host gatherings at our Triangle-area locations.
We want to work together to promote and protect inclusive and welcoming access to rock climbing. Join our email list to get updates and learn about ways to get involved.