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American Alpine Club and Access Fund Partner with Sterling Rope on Benefit Rope Project

July 7, 2012, Golden, CO—The American Alpine Club (AAC) is pleased to announce that it will enter a partnership with the Access Fund and Sterling Rope to produce a new special-edition benefit rope. The purpose of the rope is to celebrate and bring awareness to the collaborative efforts of America’s two national climbing organizations—the AAC and Access Fund—and to raise money for their missions.

Sterling Rope, a long-time partner of both the AAC and Access Fund, will donate 10 dollars from the sale of each benefit rope directly to the two non-profit organizations, which work closely and tirelessly to support climbers and protect access to climbing.

The rope is a Velocity 9.8 from Sterling’s Evolution series: one of the best-selling climbing ropes due to its high performance across disciplines, from sport and trad climbing to ice and alpine climbing. The benefit rope features a unique color pattern on the rope sheath: bright green, gray, and black—the colors of the AAC and Access Fund. 

The benefit ropes will be produced in both 60-meter and 70-meter lengths. Anyone may purchase a rope through the AAC and Access Fund websites (shop.americanalpineclub.org or accessfund.org/store), from Sterling Rope (sterlingrope.com), and at participating retail stores. The ropes go on sale July 10, 2012. 

“Sterling Rope is excited to have been chosen by the AAC and Access Fund to produce this benefit rope,” said John “JB” Branagan, marketing director for Sterling Rope. “We have been a longtime supporter of both organizations and believe strongly in the great work that they do.  Offering this special edition product form our top selling Evolution Velocity 9.8mm rope is a perfect way to ‘tie in’ our commitment to support these organizations while helping them to raise awareness of their dedication to the climbing community and to their complimentary missions.”

In addition to raising money for the AAC and Access Fund and championing their work, the new benefit rope is a marker of future cooperation between the AAC and Access Fund, signaling a healthy future for collaborative advocacy on behalf of American climbers.

About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club, established in 1902, provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org. Join the AAC’s online community at facebook.com/americanalpineclub.

About the Access Fund
Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary, 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 http://www.accessfund.org. 

About Sterling Rope
Sterling Rope Company, Inc., was founded in 1993 with the goal of being a different and better rope company. Our mission is to design and produce the highest quality, best performing, most technically advanced rope, cord, webbing and hardware for the markets we serve, while providing the absolute best customer service – to, in fact set the standard.  Our manufacturing facility in Biddeford, Maine is ISO 9001certified. For more information visit sterlingrope.com. Talk to us on Facebook at facebook.com/sterlingrope.