adidas Outdoor Sponsors American Alpine Club Excellence in Climbing Awards Dinner May 7

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adidas Outdoor Athletes Libby Sauter and John Roskelley Honored

Los Angeles, May 5, 2016adidas Outdoor, the athletic brand in the outdoors, announced today they will sponsor the American Alpine Club's 2016 “Excellence in Climbing Awards Dinner,” May 7, 2016 at the History Colorado Center in Denver. Additionally, adidas Outdoor athletes Libby Sauter, 31, and John Roskelley, 67, will be honored with the 2016 “Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Award” for their achievements on and off the mountain. Sauter will also be the keynote speaker.

“It is an honor to have two of our ambassadors inducted into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence,” said Greg Thomsen, managing director for adidas Outdoor, U.S. “Libby and John’s accomplishments in the outdoor industry are impressive, but what sets these two athletes apart is what they give back to the community. We look forward to supporting them at the upcoming event and during their future adventures.”

Sauter, an accomplished speed climber, set the female speed record, with adidas Outdoor athlete Mayan Smith-Gobat, climbing The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley in 2014. She currently works for the Novick Cardiac Alliance as a nurse educator teaching local medical professionals how to care for children after cardiac surgery in countries all over the world including Iraq, Libya and Ukraine.

Roskelley is one of the greatest Himalayan climbers in U.S. history, and is known for his first and notable ascents of 7,000 and 8,000 meter peaks in Nepal, India and Pakistan. He served for 12 years on the Washington state Nature Conservancy board, and two Governor-appointed state environmental boards in Washington state, one to enhance salmon habit and the other to enforce the state’s Growth Management Act.

In addition to the keynote and induction ceremony, attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, libations and fine dining. An after party featuring live music by 80’s cover band, The Goonies, an open bar and gear giveaway will take place directly after the dinner, also at the History Colorado Center. All proceeds benefit The American Alpine Club Library and The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum.

Tickets for the after party can be purchased here, and more than 60 items are available online through the live auction ranging from trips to gear to art to signed memorabilia: https://e.gesture.com/events/4Rw/i/.

About The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, 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 Climbing; cares for the world's leading climbing library and country's leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.

About adidas Outdoor

adidas Outdoor is the athletic brand in the outdoors. The company’s founder, Adi Dassler, designed equipment solutions for athletes that improved their performance. The long history of adidas Outdoor began in the 1970s with the creation of the first light trekking shoes. Climbing legend Reinhold Messner helped adidas design super light and fast approach hiking shoes for his first Everest ascent without supplemental oxygen in 1980. The tradition continues today with products influenced by Messner, as well as notable extreme outdoor adventurers from around the world.

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