For more information visit: climbing.com/community/ari
March 27, 2009
Boulder, CO and New York, NY — To celebrate the sixth year of pioneering the community-outreach program the Anchor Replacement Initiative (ARI), Skram Media, publisher of Climbing Magazine, announced the "ARI Road Trip,” during which Climbing Magazine staff will be hitting the road for a two-month cross-country tour to spread the word on the ARI.
Led by Kevin Riley, Skram's ARI program manager, the crew began a 3,000-mile road trip that started in New York City on March 11 and will end at Climbing Magazine's offices in Boulder, CO, on May 16.
The road trip will offer informational sessions and clinics on the ARI, giving local climbers an opportunity to learn more about the program and how to apply to be ARI equippers themselves, to help keep their local crags safe and up to date.
"ARI Road Trip" Schedule (subject to change):
NYC start date 3/11/09
New River Gorge – March 12 – 17
Chattanooga, TN – March 18 – 22
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR – March 23 – 27
Wichita Mts, OK – March 28 – April 2
New Mexico Territory – April 3 – April 7
Grand Canyon, AZ – April 8 – 12
Sedona, AZ – April 13 – 17
Joshua Tree, CA – April 18 – 25
Red Rocks, NV - April 26 – 30
Yosemite, CA – May 1 – 10
Moab, UT – May 11 – 14
Boulder, CO – May 16
"The ARI is something that TNF has supported for a long time, and we're proud to see it continue,” said Nathan Bosshard, Action Sports & Outdoor Brand Manager at The North Face. “Not only is it making crags safer, but it's educating young climbers at the same time. A win/win for the climbing community." Said Matt Samet, Editor-in-Chief at Climbing Magazine. “Thanks to the ARI, climbers feel safe again on classics that had become abandoned. Personally, I’ve seen it breathe new life into some of the areas here in Boulder, Colorado. The road trip’s a great way to spread awareness and get more climbers involved.”
For more information on the ARI, please go to climbing.com/ari. Follow the "ARI Road Trip" on twitter.com/ClimbingARI. The ARI is made possible thanks to the generous support of The North Face (thenorthface.com).
About the Anchor Replacement Initiative (ARI)Since the Anchor Replacement Initiative’s (ARI) establishment six years ago, Climbing Magazine, The North Face, Petzl and countless volunteers across the country have touched 30 different destinations, maintaining over 1,500 anchors. In 2009, the ARI will increase the distribution of hardware by 15 percent over last year. For more, visitclimbing.com/community/ari.