2014 Polartec Challenge Winners!

We are extremely pleased to announce the recipients of its 23rd annual Polartec® Challenge Grant, an international grant program encouraging the spirit and practice of human-powered outdoor adventure. Four separate adventures will receive funding and support from Polartec in 2014: a ski mountaineering expedition on the largest glacier in the world outside of the polar […]

Polartec Challenge Winners – Zander Martin and Bria Schurke

Home Today’s tasks seem simple: cleaning, editing photos, rinsing tent stakes of flakes of Siberian soil. The complicated immediacies of wilderness travel have been left behind. Three days ago, I was in Moscow, wandering across Red Square after a ten-hour flight from the Russian Far East. I wandered among tourists, amazed at the breadth of […]

Piolets d’Or and Polartec

  The nominees for the 2013 Piolets d’Or (Golden Ice Axe) have been announced and Polartec® is hugely honored to have sponsored and outfitted 2 of the 6 expeditions nominated for this prestigious award.  Since its inception in 1991, this has continually been the most distinguished award in the mountaineering world. Polartec® Challenge Winners Kyle […]

Polartec Challenge Grant Winner Climbs in the Russian Arctic

  2012 Polartec Challenge Grant winner, Mike Libecki, has returned from the far northern Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic.  Mike attempted several big walls in this polar bear-laden portion of the Arctic.  Below is an excerpt from his trip report entitled “An Arctic Expedition Trilogy Perceived.” “Four hours passed and the fog finally […]

Polartec Challenge Grant Winners Climb New Routes on Mt. Bradley

TWO NEW ROUTES ON MT. BRADLEY The Sum Of Its Parts (Alaska Grade V, AI6, M7, A2, 4,000’) Heavy Mettle (Alaska Grade V, WI5+R, M6, A0, 4600’) Expedition Report First Release – May 1st, 2012 Story and Photos by Peter Doucette www.mountainsenseguides.com www.alpine-logic.com Silas Rossi and I just returned from the Ruth Gorge where we […]