Get Involved with SWPACC!

Call for co-chairs and committee members

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Climbers Coalition (SWPACC) exists to promote the responsible development of climbing and bouldering in southwestern Pennsylvania, to share information about the development and conservation of the resource, and to gain and preserve access. How do we get this done? Through committees! Committees serve as the boots on the ground when it comes to driving progress and advancing our mission. If you’re looking to deepen your involvement with SWPACC, be part of a committee!

Committee members are volunteers, as are board members. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Coordinating event opportunities, managing merch, helping with marketing, building communications plans, organizing stewardship days, and planning meet-ups are all ways to pitch in!

Below are brief overviews of each committee.

Communications: To disseminate publicly the mission and identity of SWPACC, and to provide information to, dialogue with, and generate engagement from community members at large, including members, potential members, volunteers, and partners, through digital platforms, events, and other modes of communication. Co-chair: Paul Guarino; Second co-chair needed!

Access+Stewardship: To regain any lost access, to establish official access to areas of uncertain status, and to maintain existing access to our local crags and climbing resources. This includes the Climb Pittsburgh initiative for climbing within city limits, as well as increasing collaboration with neighboring LCOs to help strengthen our regional climbing community. Co-chairs: Caleb Hills and Andrew Gerlach

Governance: Responsible for establishing the policies and procedural functions of the organization. This committee supports the needs of the committees and the organization as a whole. Administration of board elections is housed within this committee. Co-chairs needed.

Community: To improve access by fostering a positive social environment in which all climbers can take part, contribute, and benefit as active members. It is responsible for organizing and sponsoring community initiatives and events. This committee manages the Breaking the Beta microgrant program. Co-chairs: Makenzie O’Connor and Elisa Varlotta

Have questions? Interested in being on a committee? Want to be a co-chair? Please let us know. Email us at and we will point you in the right direction.

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