Berghaus expands sustainable product initiative for summer 2016

Berghaus has extended the scope of its product sustainability programme for summer 2016 with the launch of Made Kind. From this season onwards, the new Made Kind symbol will highlight fabrics and technologies that combine high performance with low environmental impact, whether that's in the form of more eco-friendly materials or improved processes. The symbol can be found on swing tickets across a wide range of the latest Berghaus products.


To earn the Made Kind tag, Berghaus products must meet at least one of three criteria: be made out of a bluesign® approved fabric; be made using the award winning Colourkind colouring process; or be made using recycled materials. Berghaus has placed a particular focus on reducing water use in product manufacture, recognising the increasing pressure that is being put on this limited resource by growing populations and industrialisation. This was highlighted by the World Economic Forum which put water scarcity at the top of its global risk ranking in 2015. 

Berghaus Colourkind features in extensions to the summer clothing range, including wovens and knits, with shirts and t-shirts incorporating Berghaus proven ARGENTIUM fast wicking and quick drying fabric technology. New for the season are the men's and women's Ortler shirts (men's short sleeved - £45, women's long sleeved - £55), classically styled travel shirts with features designed for extended use in warmer climates. Also new is a collection of comfortable and stylish ARGENTIUM® t-shirts, such as the women's Voyager (£35) and men's Voyager Overhang (£35). 

The Colourkind process adds colour to the polymer melt before it is extruded into fibres, eliminating the stages of standard textile production that consume the largest quantities of water and generate the most pollutants, and resulting in a higher quality fabric with improved colour fastness. Colourkind reduces fresh water consumption by 89% versus standard dyeing, as well as CO2 emissions by 62%, and chemical use by 63%. Thanks to Colourkind, Berghaus hopes to have saved 2,500,000 litres of water from its production process by the end of summer 2016.  For this year, the use of the process has been extended to a significantly larger range of Berghaus products.

The spring/summer 2016 Berghaus range is available now from and selected specialist outdoor retailers. To find out more about the Berghaus Made Kind programme, visit the dedicated section on the brand's website.

Jetboil MiniMo wins in the OIA awards


The winners of this year's UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner on 16th March, which were selected from 31 finalist products by members of the public.

The finalist products were displayed within a dedicated area at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in February, which allowed consumers to vote for their favourites in person, as well as online.

The Gala Dinner was the final stage of the awards process, where over 100 entries in ten categories were previously shortlisted by a panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists) at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2015), the UK's largest outdoor trade exhibition, in September.

The Jetboil MiniMo was announced as winner in the Camping Equipment category, it was up against the Petromax Atago and Vango Folding Stove with Piezo & Windshield. The unique design of the MiniMo allows improved control and usability for the user as well as increased performance from the stove. The high performance Jetboil system includes all of the favourite Jetboil signature features like the convenience push button igniter, FluxRing® heat exchanger and insulating cosy. However the MiniMo presents new qualitites unique to this stove which make it an easy to use cooking experience.

The MiniModelivers the finest simmer control of any upright canister stove on the market. Thanks to proprietary regulator technology, the stove ensures consistent performance right down to -6°C making it good even for cold temperatures.

The cleverly designed 1 litre cup with optimized height provides users with an easy-to-eat experience due to the lower spoon angle.

Like most of the other Jetboil stoves, the lid is integrated with a pour spout and strainer, but also has a drinking spout. Cook then drink straight from your Jetboil!

The burner unit (6000 BTU) produces a fast boil time of 2m 15s per 0.5l.

The new folding metal handles provide a solid grip on the cup while cooking and eating.

Jetboil have thought of everything in this one compact stove including useful features like making the bottom cover double up as a measuring cup but also when it comes to packing up your personal cooking system and fitting everything inside the cooking cup for easy storage!

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HOKA ONE ONE announced as winner in footwear category at OIA UK Outdoor Industry Awards

HOKA ONE ONE have announced that their Tor Ultra Hi WP hiking boot has been named winner in the footwear category at the inaugural UK Outdoor Industry Awards.


The awards, which are a joint undertaking of the Outdoor Industries Assocation (OIA), Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) and The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, received over 100 nominations, across 10 categories.

The Tor Ultra Hi WP made the final footwear shortlist of just 3 products after appraisal by a panel of industry experts, comprising both retailers and journalists. It was then declared the winner in the footwear category following a round of public voting.

"The awards ceremony was fantastic. It was great to see the reaction from the industry and the brilliant reception that the Tor Ultra Hi WP received. It's clearly captured the imagination of the press, retailers and most importantly the general public who voted for it. Everyone who picked it up and tried it out had a similar reaction, it offers so much shoe for the low weight, and is genuinely something different. A real wow product!" says Tony Leonard, HOKA ONE ONE Territory Manager for the North of the UK, who collected the award.

This accolade is the latest in a series of awards for the boot including 'Footwear Product of the Year 2015' from The Great Outdoors magazine, '2015 Gear Award' from review website and 'Editor's Choice' from Outdoor Enthusiast magazine. The Tor Ultra Hi WP is available now from HOKA ONE ONE, as well as from selected retailers nationwide.

Montane to sponsor the Alpine Club's climbing fund

British brand Montane partners with the prestigious Alpine Club to sponsor the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund, an award offered bi-annually to support British climbers and mountaineers to explore the world's mountainous regions and break new alpine terrain.

The Alpine Club is the world's oldest climbing club, established in 1857 during the golden age of alpinism, with a mission to facilitate access to and exploration of the mountainous regions of the world. Some of the most thrilling ascents and adventurous mountain expeditions this decade have been supported by the Alpine Club Climbing Fund. Today, Montane announces it will sponsor the fund, helping to support the future of adventurous British alpine climbing.

The Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund is a yearly grant usually split between eight expeditions. Awards are offered bi-annually in March and November and will be given to teams attempting first ascents or new routes in remote areas, or exploring little known alpine terrain. Recent recipients have included teams clocking first ascents in Alaska, Tajikistan, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan and the Indian Himalaya.

Montane's Terry Stephenson said: "The Alpine Club Climbing Fund has made possible some incredible feats of mountaineering. We're delighted to be involved to help climbers and mountaineers explore the world's mountainous regions.

The Alpine Club is the world's oldest climbing club, with a long and highly respected history and we're delighted to partner with them. We see this partnership as a natural and logical extension of our position as an international alpine climbing apparel manufacturer."

Malcolm Bass, Alpine Club Vice President, said: "Montane is a natural partner for the Alpine Club Climbing Fund. They have a long history of involvement in supporting adventurous alpine and big wall climbing through focused clothing design and manufacture and also by supporting individual alpine and big wall climbers. Together we can further the exploration of mountainous regions of the world by British climbers. It's an exciting new phase for the Alpine Club."


Key facts:

The Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund is a yearly grant available to a number of British expeditions attempting adventurous new alpine or big wall climbing. The first award was in 2008. Awards are offered bi-annually in March and November.

 Montane are sponsoring the award for two years until March 2018.

There are approximately eight recipients of the 10,000 annual cash award. Awards are given to established teams attempting high profile routes, experienced alpinists operating off the beaten track, as well as less well established teams launching their expedition careers. Primary criteria are that supported expeditions attempt first ascents or new routes in remote areas, or explore little known alpine terrain.

Recent recipients have included teams making successful first ascents in Alaska, Tajikistan, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan and the Indian Himalaya.

The Alpine Club is the world's oldest climbing club, established in 1857.

Members have included some of the world's most esteemed British mountaineers including Eric Shipton, Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott and Mick Fowler.

Applications for the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund will be assessed by a committee consisting of active, experienced alpinists (currently Paul Ramsden, Andy Houseman, Malcolm Bass, Paul Knott, Susan Jensen and Toto Gronland) as well as input from Montane.

The next application deadline is October 30 2016.

Further information:

Find out more about the Montane Alpine Climbing Club Fund at

Read about previous Alpine Club supported expeditions at

Learn more about The Alpine Club here:

Learn more about Montane here:

Lake District fell-top assessment team collaborates with Bergans of Norway

Bergans of Norway, the mountaineering clothing brand, announces their support of the Lake District National Park Authority's Fell Top Assessment Team.

Bergans of Norway has been selected as the official clothing and equipment partner for the Lake District National Park Authority's Fell Top Assessment team. The Norwegian brand, which is renowned for its expertise in mountaineering clothing, has been specifically chosen for its high-spec garments, incorporating a comfortable fit with innovative features. The official uniform of the team has been designed to help keep the Fell Top Assessors sheltered from the winter weather, when hiking Helvellyn every day between December and Easter 2016.


The news of this collaboration with Bergans of Norway comes after the Lake District National Park Authority recently announced details of its two Fell Top Assessors - Graham Uney and Jon Bennett - who hike up Helvellyn daily to record temperatures, snow depth, wind speed, underfoot conditions and assess risks, including potential avalanches in weather conditions as low as -16C. This service helps to protect the 15 million visitors and locals visiting the Lake District every year, via the Lake District's 'Weatherline'.

Graham Uney, who is entering his second year as Fell Top Assessor with the Lake District National Park Authority said: "I am at the start of my second season as fell top assessor and I'm hoping that it'll be as varied and exciting as last year. Helvellyn is a great mountain to call your'workplace' and I feel really privileged to be able to go up there every day, and help provide a service that keeps thousands of walkers and climbers safe throughout the winter season. Having sponsorship from Bergans of Norway and Asolo will make our job a safer and more comfortable one too."

The Bergans of Norway brand is regularly relied upon by professional mountaineers and extreme explorers for protecting them against the elements. Such names include Cecile Skog, Craig Mathieson and David Hempleman-Adams, who is currently leading the Endurance 100 Polar exploration expedition, to complete Shackleton's final journey.

Andy Nicolson of Bergans of Norway said: "We are delighted that Bergans have been chosen as lead sponsors for this initiative. There is so much synergy between the service offered by these fell top assessors and the heritage of the Bergans of Norway brand, built on protection from the elements.

"In challenging conditions, the correct clothing and equipment is vital. Knowing that the kit they have chosen has been specially developed in close collaboration with seasoned high-mountain climbers for protection from wind, extreme temperatures and changeable weather, will give Graham and Jon peace of mind that their kit is designed to perform when needed."

Ross Cunningham, General Manager of Ambleside outdoor retailer Stewart R. Cunningham Outdoor Centres said: "It is great to see a name like Bergans of Norway championing such a valuable service. The outdoor industry benefits enormously from the activities of Graham and Jon and it is fitting that a brand as prestigious as Bergans of Norway are supporting activities which help to make the mountains a safer and much more enjoyable place to be."

Weatherline is on 0844 846 2444 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge) or website