Protecting Our National Monuments by Backpacking Scotland

Protecting Our National Monuments by Backpacking Scotland

From Josh & Lisa ACFA

Josh & Lisa of A Cause For Adventure are going on an amazing backpacking trip across Scotland – The Great Outdoor Challenge – while raising money for the Access Fund...but we need money to make the trip happen.

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Josh & Lisa of A Cause For Adventure are about to go on an amazing backpacking trip across Scotland – The Great Outdoor Challenge of Scotland 2018 – and we’re raising money in conjunction with this trip for the Access Fund. We have a goal of raising $5,000 for the Access Fund to help promote open access to public lands in the US. 

What We’re Doing:

The Great Outdoor Challenge of Scotland is in its 39th year. With 400 participants, it’s not a race, there are no winners or prizes, and competitiveness is frowned upon. The participants plan their own routes, submit them to be vetted, and then, on May 11 start walking. We will then have 14 days to complete the roughly 200 mile walk. Our specific chosen route will begin on the west coast, near a 10th century castle, spending four days highland walking in a remote and rugged section of Scotland, emerging from the hills at a second castle. From there, crossing near the top of Loch Ness, we will make our way up to the Moray Coast where we will find another week of coastal walking through fishing villages, do volunteer work (projects to be announced), engage with locals, and land at our east coast destination of Aberdeeen.

Who We Are:

At A Cause For Adventure we believe our adventures can benefit more than ourselves and we decided to use our adventures to bring awareness to worthy non-profits and charities. In this case, we are raising money for the non-profit, Access Fund, in conjunction with our upcoming Scotland trip. “Not every adventure is for a cause, but there’s always a cause for adventure.” A couple of our more notable campaigns have been fairly successful:

- We went to southern Mexico to climb and ski the 3rd tallest peak in North America, the 18,496’ El Pico De Orizaba on which we raised nearly $3,000 for The Homeless Garden Project.

-In 2016, we raised almost $3,000 and personally delivered cash, chainsaws, goggles, and other warm weather gear to the Water Protectors of Standing Rock, ND (Dakota Access Pipeline Protest).

-We participate in a ski contest, “The Mothership Classic,” at Squaw Valley, CA every year to raise money for High Fives Foundation and have raised over $1,000 for High Fives in 2 years.

-In November, 2017, in a 3 day campaign, we raised approximately $400, supplied 15 turkey dinners for Western Service Workers Association, and helped distribute 125 Thanksgiving dinners to low income families locally.

How You Can Help:

1) Donate now! We spend much of our time and effort helping others, but that costs money. Help us help others (in this case, all Americans and any visitor to the US).

2) Donate on our Crowdrise fundraiser where 100% of your donation goes straight to the Access Fund and will be a tax-deductible donation for you. 

3) Like A Cause For Adventure on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe at to follow along on this uniquely Scottish adventure.

4) If you want to continue to enjoy your public lands, support our fundraising effort, earn our undying love, and help save the world, please donate today. We might have already said this, but we actually mean it enough to say it again.

Why The Access Fund?

A huge part of what makes our backpacking trip possible is something called The Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which states in essence: all lands are open to walkers provided that such passage is done respectfully. In the US, we are lucky to have much public land accessible to us. Due to the 1906 Antiquities Act, we have millions of acres of National Parks, National Monuments, Wilderness Areas, and public lands that we are free to use and explore at will. This is what the Access Fund helps to protect and provide – access to public lands.

After the recent announcement that the US Congress will vote to dismantle the 1906 Antiquities Act, thereby threatening our national monuments, starting with Bears Ears and Escalante Grand Staircase National Monuments, we can’t think of a better organization to fundraise for than the Access Fund as they fight this shortsighted, destructive agenda. We have never felt more passionate about a cause than this upcoming fight. We will be dedicating our 200+ mile trip to the Access Fund in an effort to bring international awareness to what is sure to be a long and costly legal battle here at home.

Our Goals:

We have two - the personal crowdfunding here, and the non-profit fundraiser on Crowdrise for the Access Fund in conjunction with our participation in The Great Outdoor Challenge of Scotland, 2018. 

With the assistance of YOU ALL, there is no doubt that we can far surpass these goals.

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