Berghaus adds ski alpinist Ross Hewitt to team of athletes
Berghaus has added extreme skier and climber Ross Hewitt to its team of sponsored athletes.
It is a real privilege to join the Berghaus team. Thanks to Michelle’s involvement, I already had a great insight into the way that the company works and interacts with its athletes and I was very keen to be part of that. I love the products that are coming through the pipeline, some of which have already helped me tick off objectives on my adventure list, and I am really looking forward to getting even more involved in future gear development projects.
Berghaus has added extreme skier and climber Ross Hewitt to its team of sponsored athletes. Hewitt, 38, is based in Chamonix, from where he specialises in ski mountaineering, freeriding on powder, and tackling steep, technical lines. He joins a team that includes some of the world’s great adventurers, including Sir Chris Bonington, Mick Fowler, Karen Darke and Leo Houlding.
Ross Hewitt grew up in north east Scotland and started skiing at the age of seven. After cutting his teeth in resort skiing and slalom racing, Hewitt progressed to ski mountaineering and big mountain skiing and has been focusing on those areas for 15 years.
“Big mountain skiing is my main passion today. The ability to travel fast and light through the mountains on technical terrain really appeals to me, requiring the right mix of the mental, technical and physical abilities to achieve that long dreamt about project of an aesthetic line on a big peak. Chamonix has proved to be an amazing base and testing ground with endless adventures and possibilities to inspire and motivate. Skiing the Frendo Spur last year was a big psychological step for me, following in the tracks of alpine legend Jean-Marc Boivin and steep skier Laurent Giacomini who first skied it in 1977.”
Ross Hewitt is also an accomplished photographer and has worked on numerous assignments with his partner Michelle Blaydon, who is also a member of the Berghaus team of athletes. They climb and ski together and have already played a role in the development and testing of several Berghaus products.
“It is a real privilege to join the Berghaus team. Thanks to Michelle’s involvement, I already had a great insight into the way that the company works and interacts with its athletes and I was very keen to be part of that. I love the products that are coming through the pipeline, some of which have already helped me tick off objectives on my adventure list, and I am really looking forward to getting even more involved in future gear development projects.”
For more information about the Berghaus team of sponsored athletes visit the Berghaus website. For more details about Ross Hewitt’s adventures, visit his blog.
Note to editors:
Ross Hewitt’s career highlights
Steep ski lines highlights include:
· The Frendo Spur, Mallory, Eugster, Col du Plan on the North Face of Aiguille du Midi in same month
· Couloir Angelique, NE Spur, NE Slope, Col des Droites (S) on Les Courtes
· The Gervasutti Couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul
· The North Face of Tour Ronde by both lines
· The West Face of the Eiger
· The West Face of Barrille and Japanese Couloir from the narrows, Ruth Gorge Alaska
· Various lines in the Heney and Chugach Range, Cordova, Alaska
· The North East Couloir of volcano Lanin on the Argentinian – Chilean Border.
Climbing highlights include:
· North Face Eiger– Heckmair Route
· North Face of Grandes Jorasses – Colton MacIntyre
· Les Droites – Colton Brooks, Ginat, Legarde Direct
· Mousetrap – Creag and Dubh Loch, Scotland (winter).
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