About Our Organization

Who are We?

We are long time climbers and advocates. Individually, we have all been doing work on our own or in small groups for many years. It took a global pandemic to afford us the time to bring our passions together.


We created EPAC as a means of pooling our resources so that Eastern Pennsylvania could have a united voice and shared energy. We have laid the foundation. We are excited to grow this organization with the help of the climbing community.

Our Core Values

Education & Advocacy

To serve as mentors for one another as well as a new generation of climbers

Stewardship & Sustainability

To preserve and restore our climbing lands

Community Development & Diversity

To empower connection and mutual respect among all climbers

Board of Directors


  • Joe Forte – President / Conservation Chair
  • Derek Kemmerer – Secretary
  • Dana Caracciolo – VP / Treasurer / Finance Chair /Access Fund Liaison


  • Matt Cordes
  • Brittany Hendler
  • Jessica Lipkin
  • Ken Sinapius – Community Chair
  • Hann Smiley
  • Kelsey Van Horn

Do you have the passion or skills that can benefit our board? 



Oversees climbing area needs

Communicates with land managers

Facilitates stewardship events

Recruits and trains ambassadors 


Promotes access to ALL people

Surveys the needs of the climbers

Conducts educational events

Partners with community members


Ensures financial health and stability

Seeks grant funding opportunities

Manages spending responsibly

Supports fundraising efforts

Diversity & Inclusion

We Need You!

At the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers, we are committed to fostering a climbing community that embodies Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles. We recognize that every individual, regardless of background, deserves equal access to climbing opportunities and experiences.
We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where climbers of all identities feel valued, respected, and safe. We actively work to dismantle barriers to participation and address systemic inequalities within our climbing community.

Through intentional outreach, education, and advocacy, we seek to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups and promote greater representation and visibility in climbing spaces.
We acknowledge the importance of actively listening to diverse perspectives, centering marginalized voices, and continuously learning and evolving as an organization.

Together, we are dedicated to cultivating a climbing culture that celebrates diversity, champions equity, and fosters justice and inclusion for all.

What we are doing...
  • We have begun a JEDI Committee that includes Local Climbing Organizations across the state of Pennsylvania. Our goal is to share resources and begin initiatives. We will empower our community and help all people visiting Pennsylvania climbing areas feel welcome and safe.
  • Our Community Engagement Committee has reached out to multiple affinity groups to meet and begin developing partnerships.
  • We successfully supported multiple local climbers who reached out for help getting offensive and racist route names changed.
  • We have continued to educate ourselves and compiling resources to share

Community Meeting

Thank you to all who joined us!

If you were not able to attend or want to revisit the meeting, the full video as well as questions are now available.

Want to get involved?

Learn more about how you can help EPAC grow and thrive.