Expedition Hanesbrands Chooses Student to Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp
After a short flight from Katmandu to the village of Lukla at 9,250 feet elevation, the team will then undertake a 15-day roundtrip walking trek to Mount Everest base camp for a one-night visit with the climbing team at 17,700 feet – nearly three times higher than Mount Mitchell, the highest point in North Carolina.
The trek traverses the Khumbu Valley, where there are no mechanized vehicles. Commerce and everyday life depend on goods transported by humans and animals, including the ever-present yak. The trekkers will cross suspension bridges, hike along rivers, traverse valleys with vistas of towering Himalayan peaks and visit villages, shopping bazaars and lodges to experience Sherpa culture firsthand.
Hanesbrands and its employees have partnered with Carver High School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district for more than 20 years. The company has focused on supporting students’ academic achievement and citizenship to improve attendance and graduation rates through project funding and employee volunteerism.
About Expedition Hanesbrands
Hanesbrands and its Champion and Duofold apparel brands partnered with world renowned mountaineer Jamie Clarke to lead the Mount Everest expedition and showcase the company’s research and development innovation and to market the brands’ activewear and base layer products.
When he climbs Everest, Clarke will be testing new cutting-edge apparel, including socks, base layer, insulating layer, and soft- and hard-shell garments, developed by Hanesbrands R&D team using more than 100 years of expertise and product innovation in the company’s Champion athletic apparel and Duofold base layer product lines.
In January, Hanesbrands unveiled a one-of-a-kind summit suit designed to keep Clarke warm and mobile in the high winds and severe cold on the highest reaches of 29,035-foot Everest, the highest peak in the world.
Expedition Hanesbrands’ ClimbWithUs.com Web site features articles about Everest, Nepal, Sherpas and the gear developed for the expedition team; frequent audio, photo and video expedition updates; and content provided by outdoor adventure freelance writers Stephen Regenold and Stephanie Pearson. Twitter users may follow the expedition at http://twitter.com/ClimbWithUs.