THANK YOU First Ascent! 

We were hammered throughout the climb by rain, sleet & snow but beat back the elements and stayed warm & dry thanks to Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent new line of expedition quality mountaineering apparel and gear. The stuff’s amazing. It’s designed by some of the top climbers in the world, including SOTSK’s Melissa Arnot, and is incredibly comfortable & functional!

We were generously outfitted with baselayers, insulation and outerwear that featured premium European goose down and PrimaLoft. For most of the climb, our BC100s (the bright blue waterproof jackets) were our go-to outer item, made from 2.5 layer WeatherEdge Plus fabric which provided us incredible rain protection and also breathability so we didn’t overheat while trudging up the mountain. For cold nights at camp and the final ascent we wore our big Peak XV Down Jackets.

We all faced challenges while climbing to 19,340 feet. Thankfully our gear wasn’t one of them!