The Access Fund has announced their 2011 Sharp End Award winners!  Each year, the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to protecting America’s climbing. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community, and the Access Fund is honored to present this year’s awards to a worthy group of volunteers and activists. We’re really proud that Renee was chosen!


Two years ago, Planet Granite launched PG Gives Back. As part of this program, PG has pledged to donate $1 per Member per Month to charitable organizations involved in our communities,  Having the money to do this is one thing, but finding the correct recipients is quite another.  Since this program has launched, Renee has worked with the Access Fund to help support a variety of projects, including, bathrooms at Castleton Tower, Utah, securing access to Jailhouse Rock in Sonora, CA, and there are more underway!  Thanks Renee!

See what the Access Fund wrote about why Renee was chosen as their recipient:
Sharp End Award – Renee DeAngelis Access Fund is honored to present a Sharp End Award to Renee DeAngelis, owner of the Planet Granite climbing gyms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Renee assisted in several critical Access Fund projects this past year, including organizing climbers on various Yosemite land use plans, helping to fund the Jailhouse Rock acquisition, rallying climbers in support of maintaining California state parks climbing access, and even helping to fund a toilet at Castleton Tower near Moab, Utah. The Planet Granite Gives Back program generously awards business dollars to worthy causes that benefit climbing, community, and the environment. Thanks to Renee for developing these innovative programs that give back to the climbing world.