Thursday, May 12, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DC-area Climber Organizations to Host The MAD Tour, a fund-raiser for Girls Education International, May 25
The Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC/MS) and the American Alpine Club's Blue Ridge Section (AAC/BRS) are hosting a night of The MAD Tour, a fund-raiser for Girls Education International. The tour includes a multi-media presentation by Madaleine Sorkin that includes her various big wall, free climbing adventures and will be held at the DC Public Library, May 25.
"Our climbing clubs are always looking for talented rock climbers to give slide shoes that inspire our members in their climbing adventures," stated Jeanette Helfrich, a past chairperson of both of the sponsoring organizations. "We were immediately impressed with Madaleine’s very hard free rock climbs in Yosemite Valley and in Canada.”
According to Helfrich, the DC area has a rich history of women rock climbers who have been active and recognized as leaders in the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club since 1944, such as rock climbing legend Jan Con. "The fact that Madaleine is also from the DC area is an additional bonus," Helfrich said. "She will certainly motivate the many women traditional climbers here.”
The PATC/AAC has reserved a room at the West End branch of the DC Public Library, 1101 24th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20037 firstname.lastname@example.org. The show will be held on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The show will start at 7:00 p.m. This is a good central location in a good part of downtown DC. A raffle and live auction will follow at a TBD venue (probably a bar) in DC. Proceeds from the raffle/auction will support Girls Education International. Sponsors for the event include: Evolv, Kelty, Rab, Stonewear Designs, and Maxim ropes.
Please visit The MAD Tour site for more information on Madaleine, her climbing, and the tour. You can also contact Lizzy Scully at lizzy @ lizzyscully.com, or call her at 303-647-3440