PACKS FOR PUBLIC LAnds

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AAC has joined forces with Cotopaxi and Utah-based artist Samantha Zim to create limited edition packs

The packs feature side panels with custom art inspired by the Utah desert. 

The Cotopaxi Luzon Del Día also features a top drawstring closure, front zippered pocket, ultralight mesh shoulder straps, large main compartment, internal hydration sleeve, and lightweight ripstop nylon shell fabric. The pack is available in two colors: blue & purple.

Proceeds from the sales of these packs will support AAC's Policy & Conservation Program. We only created 600 of these; get yours before they're gone!


MEET THE ARTIST

Samantha Zim, @cragdoodles, created the beautiful graphics on the packs' side panels. She writes:

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"I began rock climbing while studying medical art in my birthplace of Cleveland OH. After graduating, I
freelanced as a technical and medical illustrator, while climbing my way across America’s national parks and
wild places. 

Having spent much of the last 10 years out of cell reception and miles from the nearest paved road, I know that uncommon, valuable connections thrive off the beaten path.

In 2012 I moved to the desert of SE Utah, where Moab and the surrounding landscape captured my
imagination, transforming my both my illustration style and motivations as an artist. 

Life in the Utah desert is dominated by the sun- where it is in its transit, where to find shade and water, the
blazing light it throws off the red rocks and the deep, merciful shadows in its wake. The constant drama of light gives the desert a uniquely emotive quality, and I’ve sought to develop a style which celebrates and honors the expressive landscape that inspires me. Through my illustrations I hope to explore our connections to a sense of place, and the importance of wilderness in shaping our experiences and relationships. I'm passionate about using my work to help preserve America’s public lands."


AAC'S POLICY & ADVOCACY WORK

Where does your money go when you buy a pack? Directly to our conservation department, which focuses on:

● Protecting Public Lands

To ensure that public lands remain public, that they are well-resourced and that important conservation tools (like the Antiquities Act) are preserved so climbers can continue to practice their craft on the lands we love.

● Ensuring Lands are Open for Human-Powered Recreation

To streamline and update exclusionary permitting policies to ensure that climbers, guides and other organizations can get the permits they need to provide facilitated climbing experiences.

● Safeguarding Fragile Mountain and Climbing Environments

To understand our mountain and climbing environments, to promote sustainable use and effective management and to bring awareness to the impacts of a changing climate on the landscapes that inspire us.