Its official, I am proud to join the Berghaus team. I was inspired as a climber reading about Sir Chris Bonnington’s adventures in the Alps and Himalaya and recently Berghaus has diversified into a range of adventure activities including ultra running, mountain biking and now skiing. It will be fun working with them directly to develop future products which enable me to tick off objectives on my adventure list. Here’s the official press release:
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.”