Posted on October 15, 2014
Brad Johnson has been guiding trekking and climbing trips in Peru for 28 years. This has been an extremely busy year for Brad’s company Peaks & Places Travel, as Brad has guided a total of five groups. The first two groups went on an 8- day trek around the spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash Mountains. These mountains host the peak called Siula Grande, made famous by the book and movie titled "Touching The Void" by Joe Simpson.
Trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash.
The 108- mile trek around the Cordillera Central crosses 8 passes, ranging in height from 15,500 feet to over 16,400 feet. Almost every day, his group would camp at a beautiful lake beneath glaciated peaks, including a peak called Yerupaja. Yerupaja is the second highest summit in Peru, rising to 21,766 feet.
Sunrise on the Cordillera Huayhuash.
Guiding a group 108 miles in 8 days, that is not all on a trail, can make Brad’s feet sore. “That’s why I always have 3 pairs of the Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Weight Crew socks. I like to be able to change into a dry pair at the end of the day so I maintain warm feet. Plus, mid way through trek I have an extra pair to put on. I am able to maintain dry and comfortable feet to the end of the trip.”
Posted on September 25, 2014
Point6 is proud to show its continued support for Soles4Souls, a global non-profit that collects donated footwear and distributes them to people in need around the world. Point6 extends that commitment this month with a substantial donation of new merino wool socks that will directly support people in need.
Footwear is a basic human necessity that promotes equality and opportunity across all of humanity. New footwear can provide an adult with the confidence needed to find a job, just as children need proper fitting footwear to participate in school, sports and social activities.
Soles4Souls distributes shoes and clothing in two ways: giving directly to people in need, both in the US and overseas, and by selling to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income. Through the collection and sale of used (and new) clothing and shoes, Soles4Souls helps create self-sustaining jobs that generate desperately needed revenues throughout those communities.
On October 10, 2014, Point6 will also join Soles4Souls by going barefoot on October 10th. The #Barefoot4Them campaign was designed to raise awareness for the 400 million children who live in extreme poverty. Making the choice to live one day without shoes and go barefoot represents those who have been affected by wearing inadequate footwear.
It has been a busy couple of years for Point6 athlete ambassador, Joey Thompson. This spring, Joe passed his final mountain guides exam to become one of only 94 fully certified American Mountain Guides by the American Mountain Guides Association and is licensed by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA). Recognized as the highest level of professional guiding in the world, this is a feat less than 100 Certified mountain guides can claim.
This year, the AMGA also recognized Joey as the 2013 Guide of the Year for exceptional dedication to his mountain craft and clients. Achieving this and IFMGA status was the culmination of many years of work and commitment to the mountain guiding profession.
Joey’s journey started in New York climbing and skiing, but his love of big mountains quickly led him west to ski and climb around Arizona, California and Nevada before settling in Colorado with his wife Susan and dog Honcho. After taking on various jobs to support his outdoor passions, Joey realized he wanted to empower and lead others to enjoy the mountain adventures he loved all around the US and beyond. Joe currently guides rock and alpine climbing and ski mountaineering in Alaska, Canada, Wyoming, Washington and Colorado and is currently scheduling trips in Europe.
The IFMGA began in 1965 as a collection of guide associations in Italy, France, Switzerland, and Austria, and now represents more than 6,000 guides from over 25 countries. The IFMGA’s international training standards allow certified, professional guides to work in any of the member countries, and they receive support and representation on a global scale.
In 1997, the United States joined the IFMGA. To achieve the international certification, a candidate must complete the AMGA’s full program, consisting of over 138 days of course work and multi-week exams in each of three disciples, Rock climbing, Alpine climbing and Ski Mountaineering and must have professional guiding experience for a set amount of days. Also this includes examination in Avalanche Safety and Wilderness Medicine. In the US it’s important for anyone hiring a guide to check for for this Mountain Guide credential and it’s required for international trips in any IFMGA-member country.
Congratulations to Joe for his huge accomplishments! We are so proud to have you on our team.
Point6 is excited to show its support once again for our friends at Get Fit Family Racing, a local event production company based here in Steamboat Springs. GFFR's endurance series kicked off last weekend with the second annual Give it a Tri - Sprint Triathlon and Kids Race at the Old Town Hot Springs Pool with a pool swim, rolling hill bike ride and easy run course for athletes of all ages and abilities hoping to test their skills and endurance.
We had a blast cheering on the competitors and meeting everyone who came out for the event, especially the little groms getting after it on the course!
Each of the 150 or so participants received a pair of Point6 merino wool socks and we had giveaways and pro deals for attendees.
Get Fit Family Racing is co-founded by Heather Gollnick, a 5x Ironman Champion and esteemed member of the 2014 Point6 athlete ambassador team. Heather’s feedback field testing and reviewing Point6 running and cycling socks is invaluable for our product development, and we are thrilled to have her on the team! Heather’s IronEdge Triathlon Team, made up of 18 competitive triathletes have also been sporting Point6 socks and the reviews have been top notch.
Next up, the Steamboat Half Iron and Olympic Triathlon takes place this Sunday, June 29 for triathletes in training and seasoned competitors. Point6 will be onsite once again to cheer on participants and spread the wool. We'll wrap up the summer event series with the Steamboat Family Endurance Festival and XTERRA Trail Races over Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned for more details.
We hope you’re enjoying summer, race season and getting outside as much as possible. Happy trails!
Point6 loaded up the van and headed cross-country from Steamboat Springs, Colorado to Damascus, Virginia for the 2014 AT Trail Days. Our journey began at 6:30 in the morning in a complete white out snowstorm, and ended in blue skies and 80° weather.
Day 1, we drove 14 hours and camped at Finger Lakes State Park in Missouri. We shared the wool love along our journey, giving socks to those who pointed us in the right direction (not to say that we were often lost, haha!) and to the helpful staff at various restaurants and hotels.
Day 2, we drove 9 hours until we arrived at Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky, along the Red River Gorge (an extremely popular climbing area). We arrived around dusk, jumped out of the van and started our hike to the natural bridge. I don’t think we realized our fear of snakes until the ranger told us to watch out for rattlesnakes and copper heads because they are everywhere! When we reached the natural sandstone arch, spanning 78 feet and 65 feet tall, we had a beautiful view that stretched for miles.
Day 3, we finished our 1,600 mile drive, and finally reached Damascus! Over the next three days we met some amazing thru-hikers, locals and vendors. The weekend started out wet and cold, therefore getting some dry wool socks on hikers' feet was our number one priority. The Hiking Tech mini crews and Hiking Core medium flew off the shelves. Our medium Ski socks were even in high demand to serve as warm wool sock for sleeping.
Thru-hikers are such a fun group of passionate individuals, willing to open up and share their stories, and had the craziest trail names! AT Trail Days was a huge success for Point6, we enjoyed every minute of it. By the end of the event everyone was either wearing Point6 socks or had a sticker on their water bottle. The South provided delicious fried food and beautiful views of the dense green Appalachian Mountains.
And while we greatly enjoyed getting out of the office to spread the wool, it's always a pleasure to return to our home in beautiful Colorado.