The best four by four by far is made by British SUV maker Land Rover. Land Rovers have ventured where no ordinary vehicles have gone before. Between them, the expedition's members drive a Land Rover LR3 and two Range Rovers. The expedition is made possible in part by Land Rover's generous sponsorship.
The North Face
Mountaineers and explorers alike rely on The North Face products in the most inhospitable environments. The 2009 Everest Challenge Expedition is proud to exclusively utilize the North Face line of professional-grade apparel and gear.
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The expedition is powered by Apple. We will be using MacBook Pro notebook computers to send updates to news organizations and to make blog entries on this website using satellite technology. Apple is a new sponsor this year and we are grateful for their generous participation. We will use the MacBook Pros at Base Camp and carry one of notebooks up to the high camps to maintain a steady stream of information.
The Hershey Company is the largest North American chocolate manufacturer. Hershey markets such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Ice Breakers. Thanks to a staggering 2,000 bars of Hershey's milk and dark chocolate, in addition to several boxes of Reese's Pieces, the expedition will be a chocoholic's dream. Yet there is a bigger purpose than satisfying sweet teeth to carrying 160+ lbs. of chocolate to Mt. Everest. Expeditions to remote and cold places like Antarctica, the North Pole and the High Himalaya have traditionally carried chocolate with them because of the delectable bars' high number of calories and fat, and their soothing effect on the constitutions of expedition members.
Hyatt is the exclusive provider of lodging during the expedition's stay in Kathmandu, Nepal. "The best part of finishing the expedition was returning to the amazing splendor of the Hyatt hotel in Kathmandu." -Mike Kobold following the 2008 expedition to Mt. Everest. In 2009, the hotel's friendly staff arranged a hero's welcome for the exhausted but relieved expedition team members returning to Kathmandu.
Fuisz originates and incubates new technologies, principally in drug delivery, women's health, tobacco harm reduction, medical devices and computer software. Fuisz both develops new products as well as actively licenses its technologies to dominant industry players. At Fuisz, innovation overcomes obstacles. We are therefore proud to be a supporter of this event.
Financial support of the expedition is generously given by Tavis Software, a company that specializes in COBRA and retirement benefits software. The company is privately owned and based in Houston, Texas.
There are few electronic gadgets a Power Traveller backup power source cannot supply with the necessary juice to keep the device operational. Power Traveller specializes in heavy-duty, durable and portable power sources - from solar panels to backup batteries. The expedition relies on these devices exclusively whenever Honda generators are not feasible - namely in the high camps (Camps I through IV).
Honda Power Equipment
Honda Power Equipment has donated two heavy-duty generators for use at Base Camp. The generators had to be modified extensively to work at at 17,500 feet elevation, where the oxygen level is far lower than at sea level. We will be using the generators to power our satellite communications equipment as well as our Apple MacBook Pro notebooks and radios.
Our exclusive communications sponsor, Global Satellite, offers solutions in the fields of avionics, land, marine, portable, and data satellite communications. With big name partners such as Iridium and Inmarsat, Global Satellite can equip you with the tools you need that work optimally with your personal needs. Global Satellite has offices in Paris, Casablanca and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We will be using Thuraya handheld satellite telephones and a Thuraya BGAN device (for Internet access) to communicate with the outside world during our trip. The BGAN's main purpose is to transmit live footage from Base Camp to news organizations.
Shell Oil has agreed to become the expedition's official fuel sponsor. Nepal is a country in which gasoline shortages do occur from time to time and with Shell Oil's commitment we are ensured prompt and continuous (if needed) fuel supply at Base Camp. We will be using fuel very sparingly as it is not only bad for the environment but also extremely difficult and dangerous to handle in the Himalaya. Each fuel drum has to be carried on the back of a porter, making supply even more challenging.
The Earnest Sewn Co.
The Earnest Sewn Co. is an American luxury apparel manufacturer specializing in high-quality denim and durable lifestyle wear. The expedition will rely on Earnest Sewn products at Mt. Everest base camp and during the trek through the High Himalaya..
With its main campus based in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a global research university of more than 10,000 students, 70,000 alumni and 4,000 faculty and staff. Recognized for its world-class arts and technology programs, collaboration across disciplines and innovative leadership in education, Carnegie Mellon is consistently a top-ranked university. CMU and its world-renowned Tepper School of Business are media and technology sponsors of the expedition.
Conde Nast Publications
Conde Nast Publications is home to many of the world's celebrated magazines and websites, is committed to journalistic integrity, influential reporting and superior design. Each of our magazines features renowned editors, writers and photographers. Conde Nast is a media sponsor of the expedition.
Dermatone is the sunblock of choice for hikers, skiers, mountaineers and other sportsmen and -women Available in the USA, as well as in Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, and New Zealand, Dermatone is the only sunscreen manufacturer to offer a line of waterfree sunscreens for cold weather sports, including a waterfree, transparent Zinc Oxide. Dermatone has sponsored the expedition with its patented sunblock.
United Parcel Service (UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company. UPS delivers more than 15 million packages a day to over 6.1 million customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. UPS is the official logistics sponsor of the expedition and will, among other items, transport over 2,000 bars of Hershey's Chocolate, an Acer notebook and communications equipment, 10 bottles of Heinz ketchup, six pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses, as well as countless sweaters, jackets and other gear provided by The North Face.
Based in tropical Lahaina, Hawaii, Maui Jim is the world's fastest-growing polarized sunglass maker. Maui Jim sunglasses feature the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2 technology, ridding the world of blinding glare and boosting color everywhere. Maui Jim will ensure that expedition members Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Anita Kobold and Michael Kobold will be as stylish as the aptly-named expedition member Kenton Cool.
During Anita & Mike's week-long stopover in Germany on their way to Kathmandu, they are perusing the excellent and well-maintained facilities at the Body Fit gym in Hofheim, near Frankfurt. Body Fit features modern equipment and state-of-the-art training facilities.
Long-distance running is an important part of pre-expedition training. Revel Sports is the expedition's exclusive sponsor of running-related products.
The world leader in digital helmet cameras, V.I.O. has provided the expedition with a set of tiny, helmet-mounted cameras that will capture some of the scenes that will unfold above Base Camp, where the use of bulkier, conventional cameras is difficult and sometimes even dangerous.
Alpern Rosenthal is ranked among the top 100 certified public accounting and business advisory firms in the nation. We are committed to providing the highest quality accounting, tax and consulting services and have been providing clients with innovative solutions and personalized service for nearly 50 years. Our firm has approximately 220 professional and support staff personnel, including 34 shareholders, who offer a full range of client services in our corporate office in Pittsburgh. We also have offices in Philadelphia, PA, and West Palm Beach, FL, and serve private and publicly-traded companies, as well as not-for-profit entities.