Petzl and Utah Open Lands to Host 6th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festi

Petzl and Utah Open Lands will join forces to host the 32nd annual Banff Mountain Film Fest in Moab, Utah. This international film fest will help raise funds and awareness for Utah Open Lands.
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Petzl, a leading manufacturer of hands-free lightingâ„¢ and technical climbing gear, and Utah Open Lands (UOL), a non-profit land trust conservation association, are once again joining forces to bring the 32nd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to Moab Utah. This marks the 6th anniversary of Petzl and UOL hosting the tour in Moab. Funds raised by the event are used to protect Utah's open spaces and pay for the stewardship of the UOL property at the base of Castleton Tower.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be presented on Monday, March 9,th 2009 at the Grand County High School Auditorium (608 S. 400 E) at 7:00pm. The Film Festival, originally taking place in Banff, Alberta Canada, is a competition that features international submissions of the world's best mountain footage from sports and adventure to culture and conservation. The event has also served to bring into focus the importance of preserving open spaces, and highlights Petzl's continued commitment to supporting land preservation.

Petzl America has been a long time supporter of Utah Open Lands, most notably in helping to protect the 221-acre baselands of Castleton Tower. Petzl matched contributions from climbers during UOL's Campaign to preserve traditional access to the famed climbing tower, and continues to play a role in the stewardship of the baselands.

“This 6th year of the Banff Mountain Film Festival also brings into focus Petzl's long term corporate commitment to Utah Open Lands and the protection of world renowned landscapes,” said Wendy Fisher, Executive Director of Utah Open Lands.
“Petzl has been a tremendous partner in preserving some of the most precious landscapes in Utah,” Fisher continued. “Beyond the company's leadership and continued funding for Castleton Tower, Petzl's contributions to Utah Open Lands has enabled the organization to protect the access to Grandeur Peak and its climbing area in Salt Lake City and has enabled our continued stewardship of the lands we protect along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.”

About Petzl

Petzl America is the U.S. division of Petzl, headquartered in France. Petzl America, based in Clearfield, Utah, has been recognized by Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work 2008. For over 50 years, Petzl has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by those entering the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing and alpinism. Petzl climbing hardware and headlamps can be found in outdoor specialty shops and premium sporting goods retailers around the world. For more information, log on to www.petzl.com.

About Utah Open Lands

Utah Open Lands is a non-profit organization dedicated assisting landowners in protecting the scenic, wildlife, historic, agricultural, and recreational values of open land in the state of Utah for the enjoyment of present and future generations. UOL is a non-governmental, non-political community based organization that utilizes educational outreach, donations of land and conservation easements, acquisitions of land and easements, and conservation buyers and investors to accomplish its goals of tangible land protection. By preserving open spaces, Utah Open Lands aids communities, investors, and government leaders interested in protecting Utah's quality lifestyle. For more information or to support Utah Open Lands, log on to www.utahopenlands.org.

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