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We have been funding Polartec® Challenges since 1991 with over 100 expeditions around the world!

Polartec® Challenge award winners include:
  • Climbers, explorers, kayakers
  • 82 people from 16 countries

To learn more about the grant winners, see below.

Jordan Romero's Seven Summits Quest

Jordan Romero Grant Recipient
  • Jordan Romero

Jordan Romero from Big Bear, California has climbed the highest peaks on six different continents by age 13. This spring, Romero intends to climb Mt. Everest and later this year, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica. In his attempt to become the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits, Romero has become a role model and mentor to other children, speaking at schools about climbing, exercise and the outdoors. http://www.jordanromero.com

Polartec® garments used in expedition

Two Million Reasons Why

Greg Hill Grant Recipient
  • Greg Hill

Greg Hill will take backcountry skiing to a new level by attempting to climb and ski over two million vertical feet in 2010. Hill, who set a world record by climbing and skiing 50,000 feet in 24 hours, plans to seek out and explore new ski descents on mountains in Canada, the U.S. and South America over the course of the year. Throughout his quest, Hill will film and document each climb and descent, offering viewers an unparalleled glimpse into the world of backcountry skiing.

Polartec® garments used in expedition

Cycling Silk

Kate Harris and Mel Yule Grant Recipients
  • Kate Harris
  • Mel Yule

During their year-long ride from Nepal to Turkey, Harris (a Rhodes scholar with a Master's from Oxford and M.I.T.) and Yule (an environmental scientist with a Master's in international development) will use their scientific, environmental and sustainable development training to investigate the natural and social impacts of six unique transboundary protected areas. The goal is to raise awareness about environmental conservation across borders as a peace-building endeavor in transboundary wildernesses along the Silk Road and beyond.

Polartec® garments used in expedition

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