“My fondest and earliest mountain story comes from 2005 when I was 12 years old (turning 13). My first ever expedition was a 2-week trek near the Indian/Nepalese border in the Indian region of Sikkim, starting in Darjeeling. I had the pleasure of having my 13th birthday at 3700m altitude (the highest I had been at the time), at a camp which was dwarfed by the massive Kangchenjunga, and in the distance my first ever view of Everest. This expedition and that view is what led me to go on more expeditions to China, Borneo, Oman, and eventually EBC in Nepal where I managed to get closer to Everest. It was also this expedition that truly sparked my love for the outdoors and the gear required to appreciate it, and eventually to the job that I have and love now.
I was never great in school, however, I was lucky enough to find the outdoors to thrive in and because it was at a young age, I had enough time to know that this is my passion. I think it's super important to get the younger generation out in the hills sooner rather then later so they aren’t funnelled into more conventional paths that may not necessarily be for them. At a younger age, they learn to appreciate it more, and therefore are more compelled to protecting it for the next generation to enjoy."
Will Parkhouse, Packs and Equipment Buyer