Des Moines, Iowa – August 4, 2016 – Iowa Climbers’ Coalition (, announces it has received a grant from REI for trail development at Picture Rocks State Park. 

The Iowa Climbers’ Coalition has partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Access Fund to maintain trails and climbing access at Picture Rocks state park near Monticello Iowa. This is the premier climbing destination in the state of Iowa and is home to more than 60 rock climbing routes. This park is also enjoyed by hikers, canoeist, and fisherman and is home to a several small caves.

The Iowa Climbers’ Coalition, in partnership with the Iowa DNR, will use this grant to maintain and improve climbing and general hiking access in the park.

About the Iowa Climbers’ Coalition
The Iowa Climbers Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The ICC is made up of members and volunteers dedicated to the grass-roots efforts of preserving Iowa climbing. We work together with the Access Fund, State and County DNR officials, land owners, and local climbers to carry out our mission.

Our mission is to represent and support all disciplines of climbing throughout Iowa by advocating access for current and future generations, encouraging responsible climbing practices, promoting conservations and stewardship of publicly accessible climbing areas as well as fostering communication and awareness of the sport to the public.

About REI


REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 143 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.