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.