Climbing challenges don’t get much tougher than the legendary Snow Leopard Award and here at Solar Technology we are delighted to be supporting adventurer and mountaineer Mansel Kersey as he embarks on his record-breaking feat.
The Award originated as a Soviet mountaineering accolade and is now recognised in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The aim is to summit five peaks – all 7,000m plus high – in the mountains of Russia in just 30 days. By conquering this challenge, Mansel will be the first British climber to achieve the sought-after mountaineering award.
Mansel will be relying on our solar powered Freeloader SiXER to charge his phone and camera during the climbs when he spends days away from mains power.
As the lightest and most compact solar battery pack on the market (129 x 76 x 23mm), the Freeloader SiXER weighs in at just 260g and comfortably fits into a pocket when not in use. Benefiting from an integrated solar panel and a storage capacity of 6000mAH, the device can fully charge an iPhone three times.
“We are going to be putting all our equipment to the ultimate test,” explains Mansel. “Temperatures may well drop to minus 30 degrees centigrade, and in our experience so far, the SiXER has been brilliant. We know we can rely on it to generate the power we need which is vital when we are likely to encounter some very difficult conditions.”
In preparation for the ultimate Snow Leopard Award later in the summer, Mansel is practising on mountains throughout Europe in the coming months including:
· March – Welsh Three Peaks – Pen y Fan Cadair Idris and Snowdon
· April – UK Three peaks – Snowdon, Scar Fell and Ben Nevis plus Pen y Fan
· May – Atlas Mountains
· June – Alpine Trilogy – Eiger, Matterhorn and the Grandes Jorasses, plus Mount Blanc
Mansel will keep us up to date with live progress reports and photos. Do follow us on Facebook @solartechnologyinternational and Twitter @solartechint for the very latest news.
More information about the Snow Leopard Award can be found at http://www.thesnowleopardaward.co.uk/