Matt Kelly was a long time Northern Arizona climber, husband, father, scholar and great friend of many in the Flagstaff climbing community. Matt had an incredible passion for exploring and climbing in the desert south west. In April 2005, Matt was out training on his is road bike when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

Flagstaff Climbing offers an annual grant in Matt’s name to help local climbers pursue climbing adventures in the desert southwest and keep his spirit climbing. The grant awards a team of climbers $300 to help with gas, food, equipment or whatever else is needed to get to the top of a worthy desert summit. The climbing objective does not need to be a first ascent or even considered technically difficult. The climbing objective should embody desert adventure relative to the climbing teams ability and experience. Routes that are seldom done, first ascents, remote and committing will be favored in our selection.

After the trip the climbing team will host a slide show at Flagstaff Climbing Center. The show will allow for the community to share the climbing team’s adventure. The show will also serve as a fundraising event for Citizens Against Substance Abuse. Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) is a non-profit substance abuse prevention agency based in Flagstaff, Arizona. CASA achieves it goal of prevention and reducing substance abuse through education and awareness, drug-free alternative activities and partnerships with local citizens and agencies.

Requests for the 2015 Matt Kelly Climbing Grant should be submitted to Flagstaff Climbing Center no later than July 15, 2015. The climbing trip should take place between September 1 and November 30, 2015. This is the best time to be climbing in our deserts. The recipient team will be decided by the Flagstaff Climbing Management team.

Requests should include:
-Climbing Objective, including why you are going after it.
-Climbing itinerary.
-Climbing resume of team members.

Explore. Climb. Share.

  • American Alpine Club
  • American Mountain Guides Association
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • Climbing Wall association
  • The Access Fund
  • Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
  • United States Forest Service