Pat Ament Fundraiser
PAT’S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE is a fundraiser from the BOULDER CLIMBING COMMUNITY and the AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB, and a personal call for help from Royal Robbins, John Gill, Tom Higgins, Richard Goldstone, Jim Erickson, Crusher Bartlett, John Bragg, and Roger Briggs.
American Alpine Club President emeritus Jim McCarthy calls Pat Ament “the poet laureate of American climbing.” Award-winning British author, Jim Perrin says he’s “one of American climbing writing’s great literary stylists.” Tom Higgins says, of Pat’s music, “The lyrics are better than any lyrics on any airwaves.” His films have earned, among other prizes, the “Best Spirit Award” at Telluride’s Mountainfilm.
Pat Ament is also one of the great pioneers of American free climbing. He did the first 5.11 routes in Colorado, the first 5.11 in Yosemite, and climbed regularly with Layton Kor, Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, Dave Rearick, Tom Higgins, and Bob Kamps. Pat was one of John Gill’s best bouldering partners and invented such things as the one-arm mantel.
Pat has suffered a number of serious health challenges this last year that have kept him from all the usual ways in which he earns a living, so some of us have decided to raise some money to help him through this difficult time. His birthday is September 3, so between now and then we will collect donations, then give him a gift from the climbing community on his birthday. Our goal is to collect $5000. Pat has given endlessly to all of us, so please help us achieve this goal.
Write a check to “Boulder Climbing Community” and mail it to:
BCC, 498 Canyonside Drive, Boulder, Colorado, 80302
Use the Donate button to the right.
All donations are tax deductible.