The Holy Boulders is located in Pomona, IL, adjacent to Shawnee National Forest. The boulder field sits on a 46-acre parcel and features around 200 boulder problems. The massive sandstone blocks are considered by many to be some of the best sandstone in the country. Access Fund secured temporary ownership of the Holy Boulders in 2012 by using funds from its AFLCC revolving loan program. BETA Fund has a strong commitment both to preserving the natural resources at the Holy Boulders as well as fundraising until a long term owner is identified.


BETA Fund, in partnership with Climb So iLL, brings professional rock climber Chris Sharma to St. Louis. This fundraising event helped raise money and awareness for the Holy Boulders. All fundraising proceeds were donated to the Access Fund to help repay the AFLCC loan.

February 2013

BETA Fund hosts a silent auction in conjunction with the So iLL Showdown climbing competition at Climb So iLL. The events drew over 300 guests. Silent auction proceeds were used to help fund the Access Fund AFLCC Holy Boulders loan.

March 2014

BETA Fund board members assist Access Fund with its Adopt-A-Crag event by providing volunteers, tools and general assistance in project planning. The event was a huge success with help and attendance from the ICA as well. The project focused on trail maintenance, hill side erosion control and tree removal. As climbers we must be advocates of the land we use and continue to be stewards of the areas we climb!

March 2014

In conjunction with Climb So iLL, BETA Fund hosts REEL ROCK 9: Valley Uprising. 10% of ticket sales were donated to benefit BETA Fund projects including the medical kit at the Holy Boulders. The event was a huge success drawing over 150 guests, friends and family.

October 2014

BETA Fund installs Medical Kit near the Kiosk at the Holy Boulders. BETA Fund also added emergency evacuation information to the kiosk. These types of projects are built by the community for the community. Thanks for the generous donations that made this project possible!

October 2014

The newly installed Medical Kit saves the day. Less than 24-hours after BETA Fund installed its medical kit at the Holy Boulders, a fellow climber suffered a life threatening fracture in his spine as the result of a climbing accident. Using the supplies in the kit, a group of climbers were able to stabilize and transport the injured climber to a nearby hospital. Thanks to the perfectly executed rescue the climber has fully recovered and has returned to climbing.

October 2014

BETA Fund and Southtown Yoga host a donation based yoga class to benefit the Holy Boulders. The class was taught by Doug Munsch who lead participants in a one-hour mixed-level yoga class. Fundraising proceeds were donated to the Access Fund to help repay the AFLCC loan.

December 2014


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