Sherpa Adventure Gear, Icebreaker and Mountain Training team up with 3 year partnership
The three year partnership focuses on providing technical clothing for the Mountain Training team of technical officers. George McEwan, Steve Long, Mal Creasey, Jonny Garside, Bryn Williams, Belinda Fear Andy Say, Trevor Fisher and John Cousins have all received selection of clothing from Sherpa Adventure Gear combined with base layer clothing from Icebreaker
. This will help to create a more professional team image for Mountain Training as it moves forward with its coordinated approach to instructor coach qualifications and build a fantastic partnership with two leading outdoor brands.
Mountain Training is the co-ordinating body for all mountain training schemes in the UK, overseeing the training and assessment of around six thousand leaders and instructors per year. Their team of technical officers are responsible in each of the home nations for the delivery and monitoring of all Mountain Training courses via 250 recognised specialist course providers.Sherpa Adventure Gear
was founded in 2003 by Tashi Sherpa, who was inspired to start the company when he discovered that his uncle was one of the Sherpa on Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated first-ever expedition to the top of Mount Everest in 1953. Sherpa Adventure Gear—which manufacturers apparel for mountain and outdoor adventures—honours the unsung Sherpa heroes who make high altitude Himalayan climbs possible for others by carrying the loads, laying the ropes and guiding the way. Sherpa athlete-ambassadors test and help design Sherpa Adventure Gear products, most of which are manufactured in Nepal. Sherpa Adventure Gear employs over 150 people in Nepal, and in 2009, furthered its local commitment when it opened a facility in downtown Kathmandu which houses its headquarters, the flagship Sherpa Gear House store, and The Terrace bed and breakfast. Two more stores opened in 2010, in Namche and Pokahara, Nepal.
The company’s marketing and sales office is in Renton, Washington. Sherpa Adventure Gear donates a portion of every sale to the Paldorje Education Fund, which the company established to fund the education of Sherpa children. Sherpa Adventure Gear’s UK athletes include Kenton Cool
, Neil Gresham
& Ed Hamer
Toby Davies Sherpa Adventure Gear Sales Manager“We are very excited to be able to be partnered with the MT, the standard of their mountain training schemes are recognised as a bench mark for mountaineering training worldwide, and it is these standards that are reflected within our brand Sherpa Adventure Gear”.
Icebreaker Marketing Manager Julie Russell“Icebreaker clothing is born in the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island where the merino survive in the harsh and changeable climates all year round, and what can be more fitting than to have this fantastic opportunity to supply the Mountain Training technical officers with Icebreaker merino base layers to keep them protected in the mountains”.
John Cousins, Executive Officer of Mountain Training”Our nine current qualifications are designed to cope with the hazards of everything from a white out on Ben Nevis to a packed climbing wall and from a major sea cliff descent to a downpour on a remote moorland. This partnership with Sherpa Adventure Gear & Icebreaker ensures that our staff has the right clothing and equipment so they can focus on the trainees, trainers and leaders and continue to develop and define best practice for all involved.”