Health, Empowerment, Research, and Advocacy

11 06 2008

HERA for short. This Women’s Cancer Foundation has been everywhere lately. Besides Climb4Life events, founder and cancer survivor Sean Patrick is drumming up funds through the Partners in Action program.

Women’s Adventure magazine is newest to the list. That means every subscription sends $5 toward ovarian cancer research and advocacy.

Most exciting, HERA is partnering with the Sterling Ropes Recycling Center in conjunction with their Climb4Life event in Boulder this weekend. Eco-conscious Coloradoans are welcome to drop off their worn-out nylon cords. Friday from 3 – 6pm at the local REI. Saturday from 8 – 10am at the Boulder Rock Club. (Normally you’d have to send them in – but still a great option for greening your climbing gear.)

If you’re in the market for new gear, I’ve seen HERA emblazoned on special-release climbing products from Mad Rock to Petzl…

Mad Rock HERA Pad

Mad Rock just released the HERA Pad – a lightweight bouldering crashpad made for women climbers. $139.95 with $6 destined for the cancer foundation. Closed size: 24″x36″x10″. Open size: 48″x36″x5″.

Evolve HERA shoeIn May, Evolve unveiled the HERA women’s climbing shoe. The narrow, non-aggressive fit and extended toe rand make for a comfortable all-arounder. Perforated upper for breathability. Three grooves in the rubber above the big toe designed to relieve pressure as you maneuver on edges. $109 online with standard custom add-ons like split sizing. 1% of online and dealer profits head straight to HERA.

HERA hangboardJason Kehl shaped this minimalist hangboard for HERA and ClimbingHolds.com. Priced at a not-bad $47.50 and promising 5% of sales to support the cause.

HERA climbing holdsAlso available on ClimbingHolds.com, five HERA-themed sandstone holds for $25 with a 5% donation rate.
HERAbinerPun of the day – the HERABINER – courtesy of Petzl. $13.95 each. $1 for its namesake.

P.S. As far as I can tell, the BlueWater Lightning Pro rope from BlackJack Mountain Outfitters is no longer available.





Climb Up Summer Summit Challenge

3 06 2008

Climb Up!Climb Up so Kids can Grow Up is a dynamic partnership between outdoor recreation enthusiasts and the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, which focuses on theĀ African HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Climb Up is kicking off their 2008 fundraising with an impressive Summer Summit Challenge. The idea is for hikers and climbers across America to storm the nation’s highest peaks between June 27 and July 6.

To participate, individuals must raise $115 and teams $5,000.

As of right now only one team has signed up, so please check out the high point in your state to see if you’re ready for the challenge.

If you poke around on the Climb Up website, you’ll find great stories from previous events. Read up on the fun you can have participating in programs like this. Get motivated. And realize there’s really nothing stopping you from climbing for a cause.