Climbing launches the Anchor Replacement Initiative

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Climbing Magazine is launching the Anchor Replacement Initiative (ARI). The ARI is an industry-supported program that will systematically replace worn or inadequate belay and rappel anchors at climbing areas across the country. In partnership with The North Face and Petzl, Climbing is coordinating a network of area enthusiasts, guides, local organizations and land managers to execute the needed anchor replacements. The hardware and tools are being purchased and donated by The North Face, Petzl, and Climbing collectively. The goal of the ARI is to create safe, clean anchors at the country's most utilized crags: Rifle Mountain Park, CO; North Conway, NH; Tahquitz and Suicide, CA; and Red River Gorge, KY, will be the first areas addressed. The ARI will replace anchors on 300 routes in 2003, and become an ongoing program. The ARI is sensitive to bolting related issues and will only engage in replacing existing anchors.

"I conceived the ARI after lowering from worn cold shuts anchored by rusting bolts," says Scott Leonard, Climbing's Operations & Marketing Manager and ARI Director. "I figured there must be a way to use the collective resources of our industry and community to address the problem of maintaining this common resource."

Climbing Magazine, The North Face, and Petzl appreciate the support the climbing community provides to our businesses and want to tangibly give something back to that community. "The ARI is a way of saying thanks to our loyal readers, and it provides a real service to the climbing community," says Matt Samet, Climbing's Associate Editor "What I like about the program is that it's genuine - the industry sponsors and volunteers are improving our collective climbing resources."

"We became involved in the ARI in conjunction with Climbing magazine to help make climbing safer and more enjoyable for the climbing community," explains Jim Gerson, The North Face Vice President of RD&D and Brand Management. "Our goal is to inspire outdoor enthusiasts to get outside and explore more, and this initiative will help achieve this, especially with such a renowned publication as Climbing."

John Evans, Marketing Director at Petzl adds, "Replacing 300 sets of anchors is no small feat. Kudos to Climbing for organizing this important initiative; it's a great opportunity for Petzl to support the climbing community in a really tangible way."