This week we’re partnering with Icebreaker to help fund The Kumari Film Project. Kumari is a remote village in Nepal, suffering from a lack of proper medical facilities and access to education. Jagat Lama, a Kumari resident with an incredible story, promised his dying father he’d help bring health and education to their village. In 2006, he founded The Independent Trekking Guides Co-Operative to provide jobs with sustainable wages for lower-caste residents.
For every Icebreaker order during our 3‑day event, The Clymb and Icebreaker will donate $6 to benefit Jagat Lama’s village, Kumari.
But that’s just one way to help. When a region requires so much, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Given only one choice, where do you think your time and efforts would be most beneficial in Kumari? Medical, Education, or Road, Water, and Earth Removal? Read about the projectshere and here.
Then tell us which area and why and we’ll make a $50 donation in your name to benefit the Nepali village of Kumari. We’ll choose a winner tomorrow, 9/25, at 8am PST.
Jetty: Running from an incoming wave is a time-honored tradition. Celebrating the spirit of the coast, the shorts, tees, and boardshorts featured in this collection will help you outrace the sea in style.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Heptathlon Hero: Did you know?
On September 24th (that’s today!), 1988, while competing in the Seoul Olympic Games, Jackie Joyner-Kersee set the women’s record for heptathlon. The seven competitions within the event include: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m dash, long jump, javelin throw, and 800m run. Joyner-Kersee is only one of three women to ever earn over 7,000 points, and her mark of 7,291 remains the highest score of all time. And, she accomplished all her feats without the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
With the great outdoors as its playground, it’s no wonder the outdoor industry continues to lead the way in practicing corporate environmental sustainability, and their impressive efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last week, The White House honored the Outdoor Industry Association with the Champions of Change award, recognizing the association’s Sustainability Working Group and the group’s development of the Eco Index.
The Eco Index is an open-source, web-based software tool which allows product designers in the outdoor industry to input and evaluate source materials that reduce the environmental impact of their products. A few of our brand partners and Portland neighbors including Icebreaker, KEEN, Columbia, and Adidas have been early adopters of the software. The pilot program of the Eco Index evolved to become apparel specific with assessments for footwear and equipment in development.
What does this mean for the industry and its consumers? The program allows the designers to track and improve upon their products’ environmental impact considering material types and sourcing, labor practices, waste, and packaging while creating transparency between manufacturers and suppliers. While it’s still a few years off, the goal is to provide consumers with an eco-tag – much like nutritional facts listed on food products – so that they’re more conscious of their purchasing decisions and the brands they support.
While some brands already offer up transparency in what goes into their products (Icebreaker provides customers with a code enabling them track their merino wool back to the exact sheep who donated it), the effects of an eco-tag would go beyond consumer education. Outdoor gear and apparel companies would be challenged to consider the environmental impact of each step of their products’ development and competitors would be forced to step up their game, which is what we call a win-win for consumers.
For more information on the Eco Index visit here.
Besides being the most ancient breed of sheep, merinos are also the toughest. The New Zealand merino kicks it in the Southern Alps where a regular sheep would freeze to death. Their fleece is durable, breathable, insulating, soft, and lightweight. Icebreaker has taken what nature created so perfectly, mixed it with the most innovate technology, and produced athletic clothing that:
Is excellent at regulating body temperature – merino wool keeps you warm without overheating
Is capable of absorbing water, but remains warm while doing so
Has antibacterial properties due to lanolin
Is one of the softest fabrics on the planet
Today, we’re featuring Icebreaker cycling apparel crafted from all-natural New Zealand merino wool. Shop a selection of bibs, jerseys, and socks for men and women here.
Also, the trusted original in camera protection is back: Lowepro carriers, lens cases, laptop sleeves, and memory card holders are available here at members-only pricing. And Lonely Planet travel guides are a must-have when your human-powered adventures take you far from home. With nearly 100 different titles featuring locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and more, we’ve got the globe covered in today’s Lonely Planet event.
Our $7.98 flat rate shipping is back, but if you purchase a The Clymb t‑shirt, your entire order will ship for free.
Only 48 hours before The Clymb’s very first brand event! Icebreaker event goes live Wednesday November 4th at 9AM PST.
The best part? Exclusive member pricing as low as 55% below retail. Icebreaker is a year round favorite here at The Clymb and we’re thrilled to offer our members these incredible products from this revolutionary brand — at exclusive insider prices. As functional and comfortable in the dead heat of summer as they are in neck deep pow, Icebreaker is pure performance and all natural. Every piece is pure New Zealand Merino, which means it’s odour free, silky soft and highly breathable. Once you’ve felt Icebreaker merino you’ll never go back to synthetics. But remember, only members can access this event.