Laurent Valette Finishes the 2012 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Polartec Athlete Advisory Board Member Laurent Valette competed in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in the Alps last month. Here’s his story: UTMB. The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – the epitome of ultra-running. More than 2,000 runners enter UTMB each year, typically representing over 75 different nations. Widely regarded as the most difficult […]

Polartec Announces 2012 Polartec® Challenge Grant Recipients

Polartec is pleased to announce the recipients of its 21st annual Polartec® Challenge Grant. Six separate expeditions will receive funding and support from Polartec for 2012: a first ascent attempt in the Indian Karakoram, an attempt of a climbing double header in Pakistan, a first descent attempt in Alaska, a new route attempt in Alaska, […]

Congrats to Sari on her national championships victory!

A big shout out to goes to our Athlete Advisory Board member, Sari Anderson, on her victory last Saturday at the U.S. Ski Mountaineering National Championships! The annual race in Jackson Hole, WY is one of the longest-running randonee races in the country, celebrating its 12th year last weekend. Using ultralight skis and boots with […]

Polartec Challenge Grant Trip Report: Karakoram First Ascent

Kirsten Kremer, Emilie Drinkwater and Janet Bergman, supported by a Polartec Challenge Grant, traveled to the Eastern Indian Karakoram in July and August. Their objective was an unclimbed 6,135 meter peak that alpinist Mark Richey had previously photographed. The south facing aspect with several beautiful looking rock buttresses appealed to the women for alpine rock […]

Polartec Athlete Advisory Board Hard at Work in Chamonix

The weather in Chamonix provided ideal conditions to test fabric waterproofing. For the 11 world-class climbers, skiers, mountaineers, runners, explorers and adventure racers on the Polartec Athlete Advisory Board, there’s perhaps nothing as painful as sitting under the fluorescent bulbs of a conference room for an eight-hour meeting. But, if that meeting will result in […]