Archive for April, 2009

Polartec Challenge Winners Converge Upon Everest

April 28, 2009

Unbeknownst to them, it appears as if two of this year’s Polartec Challenge Grant winners have converged upon Mt. Everest at the same time.  Paul Romero and Karen Lundgren, parents of young Jordan Romero, are currently making their way up Nuptse, a 25,000 ft. peak just 2 km west of Everest. Paul and Karen are in the Everest region as part of a scouting/reconnaissance mission. Their hope is to return with Jordan in the next year or two and help him complete his quest to become the youngest person to climb the 7 Summits.

Paul and Karen are using a Spot Satellite to update their progress on Nupste. Check it here.  Later this summer, Paul, Karen and Jordan are planning to summit the Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia, leaving only the Vinson Massif and Mount Everest on 12-year-old Jordan’s list.

In the same zip code, but on a totally different mission is Bernice Notenboon. Bernice is in the Himalaya to research the effects of climate change in the Everest ecosystem. Check out the below video where she and her team are finding climbing artifacts unearthed by the rapidly melting glaciers.

Bernice is posting daily updates to her Himalaya-Alert blog, so check back for more news and interesting vids.

Nominate your favorite green charity or individual to win $15K

April 15, 2009

polartec_zipper_2x21Who’s your Eco-Champion? Is it the Waterkpeeper Alliance? The Nature Conservancy? The Environmental Defense Fund? Greenpeace?  The Surfrider Foundation? Your local trail maintenance crew? Your spouse? Your neighbor? You?

Polartec and The North Face have relaunched the Eco-Champion program. We’re giving away $15,000 to the winning non-profit organization and thousands in gear to the winning individual.

So, take a couple minutes, fill out an entry form and help us celebrate Earth Day by nominating your Eco Champion!

Enter the Eco-Champion contest here.