The biggest part of any expedition is the preparation. I have been working on getting everything together for Elbrus for many, many months now. The task was made more difficult for this trip due to the fact that my cottage burned down in March. Nothing was saved and this is where I stored the majority of my expedition gear and clothing. I have therefore, needed to spend a great deal of time replacing missing items. This task was made more difficult because I need winter clothing in the middle of the summer. Fortunately I discovered Sherpa Adventure Gear.
I first learned of Sherpa Adventure Gear when I was climbing Ama Dablam in Nepal in 2007. Several of the local Sherpa were wearing it and I was impressed with the fit, function and look of it. Upon my return back home to Canada I was disappointed to learn that it was not yet available here. But now it is. It is currently only in a select few stores, but coverage is increasing. Check out www.sherpaadventuregear.com to learn more about it.
I am taking several pieces of Sherpa Gear to Russia with me and you can look for photos of me with my Sherpa gear on the summit of Elbrus. Not only do I like the fit, function and look of the clothing, but I also really like the connection to the Sherpa people who have become so dear to me over several Himalayan expeditions. Sherpa Adventure Gear was founded by a Sherpa and a portion of the profits go back to the Sherpa people to help them build schools, medical clinics and other needed items.
Check them out. I love the gear and think you will as well.