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Our sincerest thanks and warmest welcome to the generous partners supporting our upcoming adventures.

 Go nice places, do good things.
It’s great to be a Brand Ambassador (Alpkiteer) for Alpkit. They are a company that are based locally to me and they have a fantastic outlook on the way life and business should be.

Their company motto “Go nice places, do good things” pretty much says it all.
They are a bunch of really nice people selling quality outdoor products with an ethical approach to suppliers and sustainability. I like that, a lot.
They also only sell their products through their own flagship stores (Ambleside & Keswick in The Lake District, Hathersage in The Peak District, and now in The Metrocentre Gateshead), the HQ showroom, or online via their website which means that they can offer seriously competitive prices compared to manufacturers retailing through the high street.
They have a diverse range of products too. From superbly made Bikepacking luggage, Tents & Camping equipment, excellent Bouldering mats and Climbing hardwear,  a mind boggling array of Dry-bags, Bivvy Bags, Headtorches, Down Jackets, and an extensive range of Technical & Casual Clothing.
Along these they also have their highly regarded Sonder Bikes range with everything from Hardcore Hardtails to Steel Touring Bikes, Bikepacking Rigs, and even a Carbon Endurance Racer. 
I currently own a Sonder Frontier and a Signal Ti (which just happens to be the best trail hardtail that I’ve ever ridden).

Please take a look at their website and see for yourselves, I think you’ll be impressed. 

Visit The Alpkit Showroom: 
Alpkit Global HQ 
Units 12 – 14 Oak House 
Moorgreen Industrial Park 
Engine Lane 
NG16 3QU 

 Tel: 01773 417007 

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm 

or the stores based in Keswick, Ambleside, Hathersage, and Gateshead.  

Website: ALPKIT.COM 

You can also follow Alpkit here: 



Thank you to Kevin Dixon and his team at Aqua Xtreme (Kayaks/Packrafts/SUP’s) for accepting me into their Brand Ambassador Program.
I will be using one of their Commando Packrafts as part of my adventures both in the UK and Overseas.
Aqua Xtreme design & manufacture all of their products in their own factory based in Israel, and are the only Packraft supplier to offer Free Postage on products Worldwide.
Their direct-sell model means that you can buy high quality products considerably cheaper than you would on the High Street (or from most of the US based manufacturers).
Check out their amazing Full Stealth Sea Kayak.

You can see more from Aqua Xtreme here:




Osprey Europe

I’m a huge fan of Osprey Packs. They have served me well over many years. I have been recommending their Atmos 35 rucksack and Talon Lumbar packs for a long time.
Most recently I have been using, and recommending, their Stratos 34 rucksack and Talon 6 lumbar pack, both of which have been faultless.
A heartfelt Thank You to Vicky Swyer for her unwavering help and generosity.

You can follow Osprey here:


Himalaya Quest 2013.

Thank you to Dominik Wolf, European Marketing Coordinator, at Osprey Packs (Osprey Europe Ltd), for generous offer of product placement and, in particular, his tremendous enthusiasm for our upcoming endeavours.
Osprey Packs are a world renowned manufacturer of high quality packs and hydration systems in the Outdoor, Travel, and Cycling markets.
I have been a long term user of Osprey products and believe me they are amongst the very best available.

Please check out their comprehensive website which includes product details, blogs, and athlete profiles etc here: Osprey packs

Many thanks to our generous partners who supported The Himalaya Quest 2012.

My thanks to Dan Thompson of Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd, manufacturers of the Rab, Podsacs, Outdoor Designs, Integral Designs and Lowe Alpine brands of outdoor and mountain equipment, for his kind offer of support with equipment. Many of you will be familiar with these high profile brands. Please take a look at their website if you are interested.

Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd
Wimsey Way
DE55 4LS

Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd specialise in design and marketing of technical outdoor equipment. Our experienced and enthusiastic team develop innovative designs, manufactured to the highest standard and brought to market throughout the world. For a summary of each brand that Equip owns and operates take a look at their website and click on the brands icon Alternatively you can click the individual brand icons below.

They operate an excellent factory shop; open every Wednesday & Thursday from 12.30pm – 15.30pm.


Thanks to Chris Port and Euan Moir from OceanRidge for their kind offer of help and the tremendous offer of a blog-spot on their website too! Watch out for more of my nonsense on there! 😀
You should check out the cool stuff that these guys are doing, they are a new company and are very focused. OceanRidge will be a major brand in outdoor/active/leisure wear very soon.



What Digital Camera BEST ONLINE RETAILER 3yrs running!

Our unashamed thanks to Peter at PicStop for their generous donation of spare Batteries and Memory Cards for our cameras. Dave contacted them to order some and asked if they could delivery them very quickly; he got in to a conversation as to why and the guys at PicStop thought our endeavour was great and offered to supply them to us for the trip by way of sponsorship! They have also kindly included links from their website to here.
What a great bunch. Thank Guys, very much appreciated.

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