Two Cumbrian mountaineers have teamed up to start a new adventure company that aims to integrate ethics of the topmost level for the mountaineering industry.
With over 50 years of experience in climbing Between them, Pete Brittleton of Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh-based Paul Etheridge have developed Impact Ascents who, according to them, is an organization that specializes in mountaineering and trekking which ensures that the top of a mountain isn’t the primary goal.
Paul stated: “We were both fed overseeing large companies that operate expeditions exploit the people of the three countries with the world’s highest mountain ranges, Nepal, India, and Pakistan.
“We have observed first-hand that the humanitarian aid provided to base camp staff and porters are not treated well. The animals employed in expeditions, like donkeys, yaks, and mules, are also subject to abuse -definitely not the way we would prefer to be treated.
“Impact Ascents” is a brand new kind of business where we make sure that no animals are used or exploited. We provide all employees with a fair salary based on the country’s economic guidelines. Our staff is not paid to earn tips, and all staff is dressed appropriately to withstand the elements and an adventure, can access our medical facilities at our expense, and are treated just as we do.”
Pete Paul and Paul have been climbing with each other for many years as well as Paul and Pete have climbed together on Broad Peak and K2, two of the world’s tallest and most dangerous mountain ranges. Pete is a builder who is like Paul is an engineer when not climbing — made it to the top of Everest. In the vicinity, Pete is an avid fell run.
The company differs from other businesses by offering a customized training program for all clients and providing no-cost UK education before each trip. The company will not use animals, and there will be no abuse of natural resources. All rubbish and waste are disposed of, and chaperones for women are free available for single female clients upon request.
In addition, between two and five percent of the fee will be given to local youth development and sustainability and education projects — also known as YES projects. Additionally, there will be no cost training for all staff supporting the project.
“Our YES project is like none other expedition companies,” said Pete. “We provide direct support to the community and education and not just the occasional donation. We manage the training for our staff to ensure that they are well-prepared and competent to take in the field.”
“We are excited about our first trip up to Everest base camp in only a few people. Following that, jam-packed summer in Pakistan and then returning to Nepal to conduct the two-week training course for Sherpas and porters.” He continued: “At Impact Ascents, we are amazed by climbing and adventure that