Petzl Announces Release of All Access DVD

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Filmmakers Rally to Support Conservation and Climbing; All Proceeds Dedicated to Keeping Climbing Areas Open

5/11/10 – Petzl, a leader in technical climbing gear and hands-free lighting, today announced the release of All Access, a compilation of climbing films from the industry’s top adventure filmmakers.All Access features ten original climbing films, with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit the Access Fund (www.accessfund.org) and its efforts toward keeping climbing areas open.

Last summer, several leading climbing manufacturers united to support the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign, or AFLCC (www.accessfund.org/aflcc), the first-ever multi-million-dollar revolving loan program that provides local climbing organizations (LCOs) and other agencies with the funds and expertise needed to act quickly to save threatened climbing areas. Petzl was among the first to step up and contribute, taking a step further in committing to long-term investment in and support of the AFLCC.

To support the AFLCC, Petzl’s John Evans, an Access Fund Board member, decided to get creative, involving the climbing community at large and reaching beyond the trade for awareness and support. Evans solicited climbing filmmakers to contribute short, inspiring climbing films for the All Access compilation DVD.

“It was incredible how willing and motivated everyone was to commit to this project,” said Evans. “It is truly a community effort, and one with real impact — an effort by climbers, for climbers, to keep climbing access a reality for everyone."

Petzl committed to covering the production costs for each DVD, and the filmmakers agreed to donate their work for the effort, making the project viable.

All Access features the following films from a talented roster of climbing filmmakers:

  • Catching Reality – Emil Sergel

  • Hey Presto – Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Productions

  • Infinity Lane – TLC Productions

  • Medeoz – Guillaume Broust

  • PURE: Sonoma County with Kevin Jorgeson – Chuck Fryberger

  • Steph Davis – Sender Films

  • Steve McClure, Hubble – Ben Pritchard

  • Weeks Before Winter, featuring Chris Sharma – Mike Call

Plus a bonus film, Blind and Naked, by Cedar Wright, and an Access Fund message from Big Up Productions’ Josh Lowell.

“Access is an important issue that all climbers have in common,” said Chuck Fryberger, an All Access contributor. “This project was a great call to action for climbers and climbing filmmakers alike.”

A trailer of All Access can be viewed here and the All Access DVD can be purchased through the Access Fund Store on Mountain Gear online, and at climbing festivals and events including the Banff Film Festival and the New River Rendezvous. The first 50 people to buy the All Access DVD on the Access Fund store website will receive a free one-year subscription to their choice of either Climbing or Rock & Ice magazine. Purchasing the DVD at a participating event will reward the buyer with instant gratification in the form of one free copy of Climbing magazine.

About The Access Fund - Since 1991, the Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, and education. For more information, visit www.accessfund.org.

About Petzl - For over 50 years, Petzl has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by those entering the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing and alpinism. Petzl climbing hardware and headlamps can be found in outdoor specialty shops and premium sporting goods retailers around the world. For more information, log on to www.petzl.com.