On November 20th we had the opportunity to repeat the successful event from last year, Pop Your Airbag at Alpingaraget. An event where we highlighted the focus of having the right equipment, how to use it and the importance of how to keep update your gear! We think it’s important to give skiers and snowboarders out there the opportunity to get to know and then try their avalanche packs, since its common that you buy the backpack, but you never get to chance to train with it. We are happy to provide this service to the crowd in case of a real situation out on the mountain. One of our founders, Mattias Hargin explain: “I´m happy about the outcome of this year’s event. It feels like we learnt from last year and improved all activities under the event. It´s so fun to see all the participants and in the end I think we popped over 120 backpacks and updated around 30-40 transceivers. That´s great numbers!” From the foundation we would like to thank the crew at Alpingaraget that made this fantastic night possible! We would also like to thank all the partners involved such as Mammut, ABS, Scott, Black Diamond, RECCO, Peak Perfomance, Salomon and POC. Hope to see you again next year!
This is Charlotte Percle. Charlotte loves skiing and is a very talanted filmer and photographer. When she finished her degree in Fine Art Photography in London she moved to Switzerland to combine her passions. Skiiing and competing in big mountain competitions and photography. When she got injured in a ski accident she dedicated a lot of time to also learn to master the art of film. Earlier this season Charlotte reached out to us and wondered if we wanted to support her by giving her the chance to participate as the filmer on the Shades of Winter Camp in Gastein this February. She wanted to go there to develop as a filmmaker, work alongside professionals and be part of a team that creates inspiring female ski films. That would be a great platform for her to learn and grow. We were impressed by her determination and wanted to do what we could to help her reach her goals. We gave Charlotte the chance to join the Shades Of Winter crew on the camp i Gastein. The result of that was really good films that is spreading a lot of inspiration and also knowledge. Back from the camp, we took the opportunity to ask Charlotte a few questions about her and her experience from the camp. What is it that you love about filming/photography and skiing? Skiing gives my everyday purpose – having goals every season and having these little achievements/failures gives me the sense of working towards something (even though it’s just making turns down a mountain). Filming/photography is similar – I have goals to improve my technique and it’s quite exciting as I am just at the beginning of the journey. The other thing I love about filming is that it forces you to be super aware of what is happening around you because you’re always looking out for a moment or a shot. Memories that I have from good days filming are really vivid. What is you’re long time dream within this field? I don’t really have a specific big dream, there are lots of obvious big things like, work with Shades of Winter, TGR, Seeking Nirvana, Nimbus Independent, Jimmy Chin, going to Alaska, go heli-skiing, design skis like Eric Pollard. But that list could go on forever and I’m never going to do all those things. So for now I’d love to continue working with inspiring people, tell their stories and improve with each video. I’m really happy with how everything is going so far – I think I’m more about the little steps in the right direction. Did you meet your objectives with the camp? I thin the camp went really well, we basically got perfect conditions to ski in and the girls on the camp were really stoked – you can’t help but catch the good energy. As far as completing all my goals, I’m pretty happy with all my footage and think that the videos have come out to plan. We’ll just have to wait and see […]
During the spring of 2017 we got the opportunity to support an important project. Gustav Scherrer was working on his bachelor thesis and reached out to us for monetary support and advice because he thought his project was in our interest. He was definitely right and we were happy to help! The thesis is about enhanced avalanche safety by helping skiers make better decisions on the mountain. Watch Gustav’s 3 minute pitch of his thesis at Umeå Institute of Design below. Check out @gustavscherrer on instagram to follow his work. Gustav is also working with the foundation Skiers Left who is doing a great job educating skiers in Sweden about avalanche safety. Read more on their website www.skiersleft.com!
As a step to increase safety and awareness among our friends in the mountains, we are happy to announce that we have partnered with RECCO for the launch of their next reflector – the MM Rapaport Hargin branded reflector. RECCO’s rescue system is used worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. By attaching a reflector to your ski boot or helmet you become searchable for professional rescue teams in the event of an avalanche. Part of the profits from the MM Rapaport Hargin reflectors will go to the foundation and support our efforts to increase safety and gender equality within mountain sports. We think this is a great way to enable us to do more while also increasing the searchability of those who choose to purchase a reflector. A reflector should not be seen as a substitute for a transceiver but as a complement to further increase your searchability in the event of an avalanche. We want to thank RECCO for their support! You can find the reflectors at Alpingaraget and Skistar Shop.