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Heidi Wirtz Nominated for the Inspiring Soles Award
Submitted By: Lizzy Scully on Dec 2, 2008

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December 1, 2008—Heidi Wirtz, professional climber and The North Face Athlete, up to win the $25,000 Inspiring Soles Award.

The North Face athlete and professional climber Heidi Wirtz, co-founder of the nonprofit Girls Education International (Girls Ed), was notified in October that she was one of five semifinalists for the Inspiring Soles Award. Votes are now being collected to choose the finalist at the Inspiring Soles Website.

Wirtz is the only climber in the group of athletes nominated for the award. Climber Timmy O’Neill was asked to be an Inspiring Sole last year because of his work with the disabled.

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Heidi at HERA Climb4Life
Heidi at HERA Climb4Life

HERA Climb4Life. Photo by John Evans.

Heidi in Morocco by Kristoffer Erickson
Heidi in Morocco by Kristoffer Erickson

Climbing in Morocco. Photo by Kristoffer Erickson.

Created by Crocs Inc. and Outside Magazine, the Inspiring Soles Award celebrates athletes who have dedicated their lives to shattering boundaries and raising awareness for meaningful causes. Wirtz has worked tirelessly for the past two years on fundraising and implementing projects for Girls Ed, and over the years she has regularly volunteered for HERA Climb4Life events, the Khumbu Climbing School and the dZi Foundation.

As a semifinalist, Wirtz received $5,000 to donate to the charity of her choice plus $500 worth of Crocs merchandise. “It was fantastic to win $5000,” said Wirtz of the award. “It will pay for our Liberia Scholarship Program (LSP) through spring of 2010.” Implemented as Girls Ed’s first major project, the LSP provides $71 per year, per child to 47 girls in the mountainous regions of Liberia so they can pay their school fees.

As a finalist, Wirtz would win an additional $25,000, a Crocs shopping spree, a trip to Santa Monica, a full-page profile in Outside Magazine and a PSA ad for Girls Education International.

“If we win the $25,000, we could also pay for the viability assessment we need to do in a remote village in the Hushe Valley of Pakistan where we want to renovate a girls’ school,” Wirtz added, enthusiastically.

Girls Education International seeks to raise awareness and funds to help educate women and girls in impoverished areas in the mountainous regions of the world.

For more information, please visit:

Girls Education International or write to girlsed@gmail.com.

Heidi in Pakistan
Heidi in Pakistan

Heidi in Pakistan. Photo by Lizzy Scully.

Heidi in Morocco by Kristoffer Erickson
Heidi in Morocco by Kristoffer Erickson

Morocco. Photo by Kristoffer Erickson.


Comments on Heidi Wirtz Nominated for the Inspiring Soles Award Add Comment
By lenore sparks
From: Cortez, Colorado
Dec 3, 2008
VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!! you can vote for her here:

By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Dec 3, 2008
Just voted and sent the link to a bunch of friends to do the same!
By Tom R
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2008
Just voted for Heidi. I encourage everyone else to do so as well. She could do a lot of good with this.
By JVonD
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 4, 2008
Dudes! That Heidi Wirtz chick is kickass! I voted for sure! Here's an archive of her..
By Hank Caylor
From: Golden, CO
Dec 12, 2008
Heide ALMIGHTY is the sh*t. I just voted!
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