This section is devoted to a series of photo galleries of Forty Below gear in action!
This is a collection of some fantastic folks and trips that use Forty Below overboots and gear.
Kit DesLauriers skis from the summit of Aconcagua, one of the seven ski descents on her achieving her goal of the being the first person to ski all Seven Summits, accomplished October 2006! Photo by W. Benegas.
First Canadian Everest Summit Special Edition magazine.
Laurie Skreslet used the Forty Below Mt. Everest overboot on his successful first Canadian ascent of Everest!
1987 North Face of Everest expedition, wearing Forty Below overboots.
Forty Below Everest overboots in Allied Fibers advertisement.
Signed copy of the from Dick Bass of the MountainFest gathering at Mt. Rainier in 1994.
"To Bill Lokey-Best regards and thanks for warm feet!" Dick Bass
Heidi Howkins on K2 with Forty Below K2 Superlight overboots!
Adrian Burgess on K2 with Forty Below overboots.
Happy Toes of Mark Reny on Denali with Foraker in the background.
Norm Vaughan (89years old) on the final steps to the summit on Vaughan Peak in Antarctica. He is wearing Forty Below Purple Haze overboots. Photo by Gordon Wiltsie.
Summit Magazine cover of Stacey Alison, first US Woman to summit Mt. Everest.
She is wearing Forty Below Everest overboots.
Rick Taylor on summit of Dhaligahri 1994 with Forty Below K2 Superlight overboots.
Jon Brewer Party on Denali 2000
Picture of the Rock Knife Queen Maud Land Antarctica
Photo by Gordon Wiltsie
Doug Gurr party in Greenland doing first ascent peaks.
Mountain Guide Marty Schmidt with Purple Haze overboot on Cho Oyu.
Marty Schmidt on Cho Oyu with ski gear, and Forty Below overboots.
Jason Edwards, IMG Mountain Guide on Everest
Father and Son team John and Jess Roskelley on the summit of Mt. Everest!
Wearing Forty Below K2 Superlight overboots, on top of Asolo 8000 plastic boots.
Mt. Russell Meg Purdue Party...Beautiful Alaska!
Steve Reneker on Everest 1995 with Forty Below Purple Haze overboots.
Mike Salomon with Happy Toes on Island Peak wearing Forty Below Purple Haze overboots.
Here are some selected postcards we have received from over the years, all around the world!
Annapurna 1 South Face Expedition 1998
Mt. Vaughan Antarctic Expedition 1996
We were honored when we got the call from Norman Vaughan in 1996 to help him out with overboots for his historic climb of Mount Vaughan in Antarctica. Norman was part of the historic Admiral Richard E. Byrd expeditions to Antarctica in 1929. This peak was named for him, and at 89 years old he successfully summited it with his wife Carolyn and a dedicated group of support climbers. Here are a few pictures and memorabilia from this incredible mountaineering milestone.
Signed card from Norman
Cards of Norman and wife Carolyn
On the back of signed card, he included the message that he composed and read at the top of Mount Vaughan, Antarctica on December 16, 1996:
"By climbing this mountain for my 89th birthday I dared to fail and met success. I have fulfilled a 65 year old dream.
I am grateful to the people who have put me here. I never could have gotten here without Carolyn my wife, especially, who I am proud to say is standing beside me here now celebrating this moment. To my sponsors, to Vern Tejas and the Mount Vaughan Antarctic team here and at home, to all the volunteers and supporters, to friends world-wide, and most importantly to my family.
I am now ready for my next challenge.
A message I wish to bring to everyone is to dream big and "dare to fail".
This climb has been in tribute to Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Dr. Laurence McKinley Gould, and to my two good friends Edward E. Goodale and Freddy Crockett who drove dogs with me here in the Antarctic. Standing here on top of Mount Vaughan we can see Mount Goodale to the north and Mount Crockett to the south. In 1929 we saw these mountains and glaciers for the first time.
This climb is also in tribute to the tenacious spirit of the Antarctic sled dogs who never gave up. They have been my inspiration. Our dogs couldn't come this year. But Zippy is here to pay tribute to the end of the era of the sled dog in the Antarctic as set forth in the new protocol of the Antarctic treaty. Zippy (our stuffed toy husky) also commemorates the four dogs who wandered off after the crash of our DC6 lat year-Sticker, Magoo, Pudge, and Pandy.
I will miss the dogs of the Antarctic. Good-bye you wonderful huskies. May your memory live forever in our hearts. You always did what was asked of you no matter how tough it was and often sacrificed your lives for man's quest at the bottom of the world. I salute you an I toast a new era of world-wide scientific cooperation for the next 50 years here in the Antarctic. May it always stay pristine and become the "World's Greatest Park" " Signed: Norman Vaughan.
Forty Below Purple Haze overboots. Photo by Gordon Wiltsie
On the ascent! Photo by Gordon Wiltsie
Horizon of Antarctica Photo by Gordon Wiltsie
Norman Vaughan on summit of Mount Vaughan
Photo by Gordon Wiltsie
Pictures from the first Outdoor Retailer Trade Winter On-snow Demo Day Winter Camp
In 1996 Forty Below developed and co-sponsored with the Sherpa Snowshoe Company a "model winter camp" set up for testers from the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show during the "On Snow Demo Days" to be able to walk out to and see a real winter camp in action! We made, stayed in, and maintained all of the typical winter camp features including an igloo, snowcaves, tent, and cooking pyramid shelter. It was a lot of fun!
This turned out to be quite a hit with a large amount of testers being taken on the tour, and numerous people being able to see and go inside a real igloo for the first time! Forty Below Founder, Bill Lokey, and Joel Attaway and Chris Perry were the Forty Below team, and coordinated and built the winter camp. Bill Prater, founder of Sherpa Snowshoe company, and Ken Kutac, tester and "snow shelter builder extraordinaire" lead tours of snowshoe testers to the camp. The event was held at Donner Pass, CA.
Here are a few pictures from this fun event!
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