SALIDA/ KATHMANDU- Nate Porter, owner of Salida Mountain Sports has announced his local sponsorship of Sam Bricker as part of an expedition to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu region of Nepal. While Sam will not be summiting Everest, he will be climbing lower peaks and an integral part of the basecamp operations and expedition primarily sponsored by Outdoor Research- Seattle, WA. Sam, a local Salida resident and filmmaker, will trek to Everest Basecamp, film, edit and upload via satellite uplink, dispatches from the foot of Everest.
This is Sam’s second trip to EBC for Outdoor Research and Nate Porter’s second involvement with the nationally recognized story surrounding Chad Kellogg’s solo speed record attempt on the tallest peak in the world. The first part of the story filmed by Sam Bricker can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/28535339
Two weeks prior to leaving Salida, Salida Mountain Sports helped provide a good portion of the gear necessary for Sam to trek to Everest and maneuver on the Khumbu icefall just above basecamp including a new harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet, mountaineering boots and basic trekking gear.
Sam’s video dispatches will be available on outdoorrearch.com in early May. Nate noted that Salida locals can follow Sam’s journey via Salida Mountain Sports’ Facebook page via a Spot GPS Tracker that will display Sam’s position and communications along the 9 day trek to basecamp.
Additionally, this year marks the anniversary of the first American expedition to Mt. Everest, so Sam will also be gathering footage for a national feature for Outside television and a two year film project chronicling Chad Kellogg’s quest to summit Everest at a record speed of 30 hours roundtrip.
In an email Nate received from Kathmandu, Bricker said, “I’m very appreciative of the interest and support of my family, local community and Salida Mountain Sports.” Sam has two Salida Middle Schoolers, Jonah (6th Grade) and Janae (8th Grade) who will be watching their dad’s 40 day journey in the Himalaya. Sam will be joined by his Salida fiancée Renee Schriever who will trek to base camp in early May before Sam treks down.
People wanting to know more about Salida Mountain Sports’ involvement can reach Nate Porter at his store on F Street or by email:
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