Boulder, Colo. July 11, 2008 – On July 16-20, climbers from all over North America will descend on Squamish, B.C. for the annual Squamish Mountain Festival. This gathering will highlight Squamish and climbing with a broad array of clinics, speakers, competitions, international adventure films, volunteer trail maintenance days, and tons of climbing.This year, La Sportiva will be involved through their sponsorship of the event. In addition, several La Sportiva athletes will be present, including Micah Dash, who will host a multimedia presentation on July 19 at 7pm.Micah Dash will speak about his wild adventure in Indian Kashmir and the epic first ascent of the Shafat Fortress with Jonny Copp. The multimedia presentation also includes hard free-climbing in Indian Creek, Utah, and big wall free-climbing in Yosemite Valley.Last year the Squamish Mountain Festival was able to raise more than $10,000 to support the Squamish Access Society (SAS) and Climbers Access Society of B.C. The Festival organizers and attendees were also able to complete an amazing amount of work and maintenance on local trails around the Squamish Chief.This year, organizers expect the event to be just as successful, with more events, clinics and presentations on the schedule than ever before. The Squamish Mountain Festival will also feature the annual Jim Baldwin Award, given to a climber or team of climbers who display boldness, innovation or significance in the climbing of a new route in the Squamish area.Other attractions at the Festival include daily yoga, a photo competition, climbing competitions, and more rock than you could climb in a lifetime.ABOUT LA SPORTIVACelebrating their 80th anniversary, La Sportiva brings a strong alpine mountaineering and climbing heritage to their line of performance mountain footwear. This core experience enables La Sportiva to offer the most versatile technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running® and hiking shoes on the market. For more information on La Sportiva visit www.sportiva.com or see us on Facebook.