Mountainsmith—craftsmen of iconic backcountry equipment and recreational outdoor gear—is proud to announce Mountainsmith athlete Chris Bombardier’s recent summit of Mount Everest amid his quest to conquer the tallest peaks on each continent, also known as the Seven Summits. Chris is the first person diagnosed with severe hemophilia B, a medical condition that hinders one’s blood from clotting, to climb the tallest peak on Earth. Chris’s efforts to stand atop the Seven Summits, pushing towards his dream despite his life-threatening condition and inspiring others to do the same, are gladly supported and applauded by Mountainsmith.
Chris started climbing soon after graduating from college and his goal to climb the Seven Summits began on a mission trip to Kenya with the University of Colorado Hemophilia Research Lab. While in Kenya, with his sights already set on Kilimanjaro, Chris witnessed the devastation hemophilia is causing in developing communities on the African continent. From that point he dedicated his Seven Summits quest to hemophilia research and awareness, and went on to climb Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, Denali, Carstensz Pyramid and finally Mt. Everest, making Chris the first person diagnosed with hemophilia to summit the highest peak in the world.
“No longer can anyone say that someone with hemophilia can’t climb Everest, or any mountain for that matter, with proper treatment, training and medical care,” says Chris. “By standing there I hope to show what we should be striving for. Not that everyone should climb mountains, although I do believe the outdoors are for everyone, but that everyone should be able to shoot for their dreams.”
As a brand athlete, Chris relied on Mountainsmith backpacks (Apex 80 and Mayhem 35) to make his Everest ascent possible. In addition to aiding Chris’s Seven Summits goal, Mountainsmith is a proud supporter of Chris’s mission to drive awareness for a deadly, often overlooked disease that affects hundreds of thousands across the globe. “Smart, durable gear is only part of the story for us, says Mountainsmith Marketing Manager Torie Palffy. “The Mountainsmith team is committed to helping others get outside and chase their own adventures, whatever they may be. Everyone has their own mountains to climb and overcome, and Chris is a constant reminder of just how much is possible.”
With all but one of the Seven Summits under his belt, Chris now has Vinson Massif, the highest point in Antarctica, in his crosshairs. For more information on Chris’s journey please visit http://adventuresofahemophiliac.com/about#chris. For more information about Mountainsmith please visit www.mountainsmith.com.
Headquartered at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, CO for over 35 years, Mountainsmith is committed to creating durable provisions for every aspect of your adventure, on and off the trail. Beginning with iconic lumbar packs in 1979, Mountainsmith products carry an emphasis on utility for those who prefer life outdoors. Whether that is a solution for the backcountry, the gear closet, the office, or even the dog; the brand offers tools that stand the test of time every time. Dedicated in its mission to improve the lives of fellow outdoors enthusiasts, Mountainsmith manufactures products that are… forged for life. Visit www.mountainsmith.com to learn more.
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