'My long association with La Sportiva started back in 1988, when they sent me a pair of Kendos after climbing my first 8a, Reve d’un Papillon at Buoux. Over the years I’ve been with them, they’ve been responsible for an unimaginable amount of innovation from the first modern leather ice climbing boots to the first down-turned rock shoes, to No-Edge technology and so on. The spirit of climbing is in their blood and they represent the absolute cutting edge of product design.'
'Every climber knows that Petzl make world class climbing equipment but to me they are about so much more than that. They really care about safety education and also the local communities where climbing takes place. They take manufacturing of climbing equipment incredibly seriously, yet they also know how to have fun and let their hair down. If you’ve ever been to one of their legendary RocTrip parties then you’ll know what I’m talking about!'
'Why Osprey? For me it’s simple – they only make packs and have been doing so since 1974. The result is an uncompromising level of focus and attention to detail. No other pack manufacturer has managed to pinpoint end-user requirements so precisely. When you use Osprey packs, you get this feeling that they’ve been made specifically for you. This is what their founder Mike Pfotenhaur intended when he started out and he stays true to his original philosophy today.’