RICHMOND, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2007) – Mountain Hardwear Inc. is pleased to announce the 2008 recipients of the company’s Gives Back Grant program as well as a new youth-centered focus for the program going forward. Now in its third year, the Gives Back grant program continues to grow in both programs and funding and is administered by a board of Mountain Hardwear employees.
Environmental Partners – Programs working to keep wild spaces wild, healthy, and accessible. American Himalayan Foundation Conservation Alliance Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies Leave No Trace
Big City Mountaineers CityWILD HERA Foundation Medicines Global Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Women’s Wilderness Institute Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES)
Recreation Partners – Programs that support a specific region or aspect of outdoor recreation or preserve a particular outdoor recreation culture. Programs with a youth emphasis will be given preference. The Access Fund
American Alpine Club American Hiking Society American Mountain Guides Association The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Continental Divide Trail Alliance Outdoor Industry Foundation Pacific Crest Trail Association
Employee Partners – Mountain Hardwear employees may apply for grants to fund a project or for up to 40 hours of paid time off for volunteer work in a Gives Back program or a similar program that meets the above criteria. In addition, Mountain Hardwear is granting three special one-time grants to honor the company’s athlete Babu Chiri Sherpa who was killed in an accident on Everest in 2001. The grants further education for children in Nepal. Maya Foundation Mountain Fund Himalaya House Taksindu Social Welfare More information about the Mountain Hardwear Gives Back program can be found at www.mountainhardwear.com/givesbackAbout Mountain Hardwear:Mountain Hardwear makes cutting-edge mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories for the most extreme conditions. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, Calif.The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception, reflecting the company’s commitment and passion toward innovation. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. For more information about Mountain Hardwear, visit the company’s Internet home page at www.mountainhardwear.com.