Muir Valley’s owners, Rick and Liz Weber, founded Muir Valley ten years ago and have kept it open free to the public for the past decade. After the initial land purchase, they have infused a significant amount of their money and labor over the past ten years into adding land and developing and maintaining this world-class climbing destination. It has been their vision from the beginning of Muir Valley to eventually donate it to the climbing community, to establish climbing access in perpetuity.

FOMV has been working with the Webers almost from the beginning of Muir Valley. FOMV and the Webers, with guidance from the Access Fund, jointly developed a plan whereby FOMV could earn the privilege of ownership of Muir Valley by achieving certain goals in 2014. These goals include demonstratating the capability of funding and managing Muir Valley. The FOMV Board saw this as a great opportunity, and the public responded with an outpouring of support for this goal.

FOMV’s goal was to raise $200,000 this year to cover the 2014 and 2015 operating and maintenance expenses (see the Financials page for details), as well as the expenses associated with transfer of ownership and a stewardship fund for the property. All donations made this year to either FOMV or Muir Valley LLC, as well as grant funds received by FOMV, counted towards this goal. The climbing community came together to reach this goal, and thanks to YOU, Muir Valley will be gifted by the Webers to the community care of Friends of Muir Valley, in March 2015. Stay tuned for more exciting news!


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〉〉 When you make a donation, please let us know if you would like your name to be listed with your donation on our website or if you prefer to be anonymous. Thank you!

To donate by check, make payable to Friends of Muir Valley, and mail to Friends of Muir Valley Treasurer, 50 Muir Road, Rogers KY 41365.


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Please let us know if we can add your name and donation amount to our website on a forthcoming “Supporters” page. If you prefer to be anonymous, please write “no” in the box below.

List you as donor on website?


Please let us know if we can add your name and donation amount to our website on a forthcoming “Supporters” page. If you prefer to be anonymous, please write “no” in the box below.

List you as donor on website?

Where does the money go? A breakdown of how donations are used is detailed on the Financials page. The following are some of the areas supported by your donations, with examples of expenses in each category:

  • Infrastructure Maintenance (roads, parking lots, trails, bridges, staircases)
  • Infrastructure Development (new bridges, trails, belay stations, vault toilets)
  • Trail Day (tools, materials & supplies for projects, food for volunteers)
  • Route Maintenance (Permadraws, bolts, epoxy, anchors, drills)
  • Emergency Rescue (rescue & medical equipment, training, communications equipment, first-aid supplies)
  • Professional Fees (legal, financial, insurance, tax consulting)
  • Administration (web site fees, communications, record keeping, shipping & postage)
  • Materials (lumber, gravel, fasteners, grass seed)
  • Outside contracting (bulldozer and excavation work, pumping of toilet tanks and septic system, hauling gravel, hourly labor)
  • Equipment (tractor, brush cutter, weed eaters, chain saws)
  • Supplies (cleaning & restroom supplies, gas & oil for maintenance equipment, hand tools, batteries, paper, ink cartridges)
  • Fundraising (PayPal & Square fees, promotions)
  • Utilities (water, electricity & propane for public restrooms and maintenance barn, internet access)
  • Taxes, License Fees and Insurance (Property taxes, intangibles tax on maintenance equipment, recording fees, liability and property insurance)

Friends of Muir Valley is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, charitable organization. Your donation qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

Some employers match employees’ donations to non-profit charitable organizations. If you made a contribution to FOMV this year and your employer matches, please give them documentation of your contribution.

If you itemize your tax deductions, your donation to FOMV qualifies as a charitable contribution deduction. Consult your tax adviser or see the IRS website for details.

If you traveled to participate in Trail Day or to volunteer in another capacity for FOMV, you can deduct documented out-of-pocket expenses on your itemized return. The 2013 allowance for travel expenses was $0.14 per mile.

Donations to FOMV or travel expenses for volunteering made on or after September 20, 2011 (the date of our incorporation as a non-profit) are tax deductible. An amended Federal return can be filed to claim past charitable deductions. Amended State tax returns can be filed in many cases. Check with your tax adviser if you have questions.

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