Discover Unchartered Routes In Arctic Norway With Dave MacLeod

© Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod
© Dave MacLeod
As the Gore-tex Experience Tour enters its second year, two enthusiastic climbers are being offered the chance to embark on a trip of a lifetime with the renowned Scottish climber, Dave MacLeod. This project is the latest in a string of adventures that have enabled outdoors enthusiast from across Europe to share unforgettable experiences with some of the world's most famous outdoors experts.

The successful candidates who win places on the Gore-tex Experience Tour's New Routes in the Arctic project will search for unchartered climbing routes around the islands and fjords around Tromso. As well as testing their mental and physical abilities against some of the least explored climbing areas in Europe, the team will also put products using the new Gore-tex Active Shell laminate through its paces. It is the perfect companion for whatever the Norwegian weather throws at the team!

The Challenge

As part of the team the two winners will attempt to find new routes that will challenge each person's abilities. The cliffs and walls of this area of Norway have rarely been explored, so the potential to find new routes on perfect rock is huge! Filmmaker Paul Diffley will be accompanying the team and will capture and report their progress along every step of the way.

Paul Diffley from Hot Aches
© Caroline Harvey
This is an incredible opportunity for any climbing enthusiast to explore one of the most remote climbing locations in the world.

This beautiful part of Norway boasts a wide range of climbing that is largely undiscovered.

About The Experts

Dave MacLeod is a Gore sponsee and professional climber based in Scotland. His routes Echo Wall (E11) and Anubis (VII) are the hardest trad routes in the world in summer rock and winter mixed climbing at present. He is also a good all-rounder with sport routes to 9a and boulders to V14. Dave is also a renowned coach and his book '9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes' is a best selling climbing improvement book worldwide.

Paul Diffley is one of the UK's best rock climbing filmmakers, founder of Hot Aches Productions and famous for making E11, Committed, and The Pinnacle. Paul will be following the climbers and shooting whatever they get up to.

Applications and further information

As with previous projects, The Gore-tex Experience Tour will be promoted and supported on Facebook: The online application process is already open and will close on 5th June. Once the votes have been cast a panel of outdoor experts including Dave and Paul will chose a shortlist of candidates who will be invited to participate in a selection day on July 9th. Because of the nature of this wilderness project entrants must be 18 years of age on July 9th 2011 in order to participate in the event, which will take place from August 13th – 27th,

For more information visit Gore-tex on Facebook

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People in the wider world of climbing tend to hear about my climbing through the well known films E11 or Echo Wall or my book 9 out of 10 climbers make the same...

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11 May, 2011
Sounds great, looking forward to seeing the results. But is "sponsee" a word?
11 May, 2011
Is Annubis really VII?
11 May, 2011
Sounds great.....but what about those who consider it possible to have a life outwith Facebook? Maybe we're mistaken. Also, there's no link to the "online application" mentioned.
11 May, 2011
Sounds good but some of the hyperbole is a bit strained. Not sure I would call Tromso 'one of the most remote climbing locations in the world', you can fly from the UK and be craging the same day - or even drive there in about three days! Chris
11 May, 2011
And for those who have succumbed, Goretex want a completely unreasonable amount of access to your Facebook information. However, I'm guessing they are after bright young telegenic things for whom sharing inside leg measurements with the world seems less of an issue.
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