A Journey of exploration – The North Face are proud to
introduce the 2009 Summit Series Road Trip – a unique spring festival of
climbing. The first event of it's kind, this 40 day road trip will combine
expert performance from the world's best athletes on famous rock climbs
throughout Europe with 'approach' days bring climbing into the local
The Summit Series Road Trip will be hosted by The North Face
athletes James Pearson and Gaz Parry.
Beginning on 1st April 2009 with a Climbing Festival at the Castle
Climbing Wall in London, UK it will then cover a distance of over 11000 km,
ending on May 10th in MelloBlocco, Italy.
In each country there will be a mixture of challenging climbing,
slideshows, master classes, demonstrations along with press and store
appearances; with 20 ‘summit’ days in classic venues climbing 20 of the best
Fr8a routes in Europe, and 20 ‘approach’ days talking to young climbers, the
public and the press.
The motivation of the road trip is to inspire and to
encourage – to enable people to ‘discover’ climbing through listening to,
talking with and learning from some of the best climbers in the world. Involving local schools and climbing groups
the aim is to influence young people in particular – encouraging them to live
the philosophy behind The North Face – to ‘never stop exploring’.
This will be a unique opportunity to meet, to listen to and
to climb with two outstanding and inspirational athletes. They will be joined in different locations by
some of the world’s most renowned and respected climbers and alpinists
including Cedar Wright, Daniel Woods, Matt Segal, Simone Moro, Emilio Previtali
and Hervé Barmasse.
For James, “Thinking about the road trip fills me with both
joy and dread. There will be some
amazing moments; we will meet incredible people, we will visit stunning places
and we will do some challenging climbs.
But there will also be some epic times, in particular the long drives
through the night with far too little sleep.
One thing is for sure, it will be an experience I will never forget ….”.
The North Face extends an open invitation to be a part of
the journey. Seize the challenge and
join James and his companions at some point along the Summit Series Road Trip;
it will be an experience to never forget.