La Sportiva places a high value on our business relationships and partnerships that give an overall benefit to the outdoor industry. By working with our partners we will create a committed team that can make a positive difference on the environment and in communities. Our goal is to create a harmonious relationship between our business, our business partners and the environment in order to provide an inviting industry for outdoor enthusiasts ranging from the most experienced to beginners.
The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels including climbing management policy, local support and mobilization, stewardship and conservation, land acquisition and protection, and education.
American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club (AAC) unites climbers to advance the climbing way of life. The AAC protects the places we climb, advocate for American climbers around the world, preserve climbing's history and chronicle climbing achievement. Generations of climbers have benefited from the work of the AAC.
The American Mountain Guide’s Association (AMGA) is the premier source for training, credentials, and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States.
For over 25 years, the AMGA has been dedicated to supporting the guiding community through excellence in education, standards and certification to enhance the quality of services provided to the public, while serving as a resource for accessing and protecting the natural environment. As a group the AMGA presents a strong, unified voice for high standards of the professionalism of guiding and climbing instruction in the United States. The AMGA is an organization grounded in powerful tradition that continues to evolve with the ever changing arena of mountain guiding and climbing instruction. We offer a series of training courses and exams designed to certify guides and climbing instructors to the highly respected, internationally recognized, standards of the AMGA.
HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
Ovarian cancer is a very serious but widely under-recognized threat to women's health. To help solve this problem, the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation employs creative, authentic approaches. Also, unique fundraising events, such as HERA Climb4Life, help fund the HERA OSB1 scientific grant program, which funds research leading to reliable early detection methods, more effective treatment and the prevention of the disease. HERA awards community ovarian-cancer groups with grants that support awareness and outreach programs for women battling this disease in the communities where they live.
La Sportiva is proud to be a partner with HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation.
Boulder Rock Club
The Boulder Rock Club (BRC) is the nation’s most progressive climbing gym. The BRC was one of the first climbing gyms in the country, opening their doors in November 1991. We are proud to be a partner with a company that is such an integral part of the local climbing community and Boulder, the epicenter of American climbing.
Jonny Copp and Micah Dash Inspire Award
Sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia, the Copp-Dash Inspire Award will help support small teams tackling difficult climbs in the great mountains of the world who plan to personally document and share their ascents through a multimedia blend of storytelling elements. Proposed trips or climbs should be focused on unclimbed objectives in distant ranges and regions, requiring a high level of skill and commitment and climbed in a fast, light and clean style that stays true to the progression of expedition climbing. Proposed documentation styles can include any mix of photos, video or writing that will vividly capture the essence and adventure of the trip or climb. Proposed sharing of these storytelling elements could aspire to involve slideshows, viral film clips, magazine articles, multimedia presentations, etc. The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is supported with in-kind support from Adventure Film Festival, Alpinist Magazine, American Alpine Club, Sender Films, and the Jonny Copp Foundation. Application deadline is January 15th, 2011 with winners announced by March 1, 2011.