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Arctic Race Seasons Begins

We've just made two lightweight Hispar Jackets for Andy Heading & Alan Sheldon to use in the 1000 mile Iditarod invitational.

Andy and Alan, sponsored by Polaris Bikewear, are riding the 1000 mile race on mountain bikes and needed the lightest possible jackets for temperatures as low as -40c.

The Hispar jackets weigh just 700grms (24oz) and they pack down small. We used our water resistent Drishell fabric & our highest quality 900 Down.

Arctic Race Seasons Begins

Our Hispar 1000 sleeping bag is an ideal choice for winter races in the Arctic Circle. These are the bags we've just made for two bike riders, sponsored by Polaris Bikewear, entered in the 1000 mile Iditarod invitational.

The bags are warm enough for -46c (-51F) but weigh just 1470grms (52oz) thanks to our highest quality Down. They also have water resistant Drishell outers.

Other winter Arctic challenges starting soon include the Frostskade 500 and the Yukon Arctic Ultra.

Ben Weber: 360 Extremes Expedition

We've just had a visit from Ben Weber who called in at the factory to collect the expedition kit we made for him and his partner Natalia in preparation for their 360 Extremes Expedition. Over three years the pair will sail, cycle, and kite-ski around the globe. They will travel via both the south and North Poles, and the expedition patron is, naturally, Ranulph Fiennes.

For the expedition Ben selected the Denali Jacket made with a waterproof HS2 shell, Xero Salopettes, Xero Windsuit, Omega Mitts, Xero Boots, Overbags and VBLs, Ultra Down vest, Tiaga fleece jackets and Trousers and Extreme Balaclavas.

We wish them good luck on the start of their expedition November or December 2014.

Jon Griffith & Andy Houseman - Charakusa Valley 2013
When Jon Griffith and Andy Houseman were planning their (still ongoing) expedition to the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan they both wanted the "warmest for weight" sleeping bags in the world, so they turned to our Design Your Own Sleeping bag site. Planning to climb Link Sar (7041m) and Sulu Peak (6050m) and taking a single-skin tent that typically creates heavy condensation, Jon knew he need to specify our Drishell waterproof fabric for the outer, as well as for the inner hood panels. They also took with them our new Filler bags and Wafer down socks for flexible extra warmth. You can follow Jon and Andy's progress at Andy's blog. Photo PHD sleeping bags at the col (5700m) below North Ridge of Drifka (6447m).

Jamie's Northern Exposures

Jamie Hageman (right) is a professional artist living in Scotland. He paints from high mountain camps and, with all the extra equipment he carries, needs a very light winter sleeping bag, and a warm jacket to handle everything from heavy downpours to the coldest of British winter mountain weather. He chose our Hispar 500 Sleeping Bag and a Kappa Jacket as they fit his requirements perfectly.

Jamie says that over the last year he has "worn the Kappa non-stop for everything" and "it was great to know that if the weather got warm and wet (and it did a few times), the Kappa could keep me dry." He did a few technical climbs on his trips and "enjoyed tucking myself away from the elements with the hood up".

One of the places he bivvied with the Hispar sleeping bag was Coire na Caime on Liathach for sunrise on the Northern Pinnacles. His picture of the Pinnacles (below) from that trip is fantastic - and all the better for being a painting.

From Siberia to the Russian Route, Eiger North Face

Last seen with Tom Hardy in Siberia, the very same PHD Omega Down Jacket has just shown up being worn by Neil Chelton on his winter attempt of the Russian Route Eiger North Face with Andy Kirkpatrick and Ross Kane. Thanks to Andy for the video and photos.

More on Andy's blog.

PHD supply 'Driven to Extremes' team for trip on Siberian Kolyma Highway

The new UK Discovery Channel mini-series 'Driven to Extremes', highlights three of the world's most punishing road trips. The Siberian leg, a 1,000 km drive along the Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Oymyakon (the coldest inhabited place on earth), teams actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception etc) with Mika Salo (ex Formula One racing driver).

PHD were chosen to supply Tom, Mika and the rest of the team with gear to keep them warm in temperatures that fell to -68C. They used our Omega Jackets, Omega salopettes, Omega mitts and Xero 1300 Sleeping Bags.

The show goes out on Sunday 17th March at 21:00.

Sir Ran Fiennes to attempt 'most difficult polar challenge in history'
Bonita Norris

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has announced his plan to walk across the Antarctic continent in the polar winter of 2013. No one has attempted such an expedition before, which will take place in total darkness and in temperatures down to minus 90 degrees Celsius

PHD are proud to be official suppliers of Down Jackets, Down Sleeping Bags, Down Trousers and Down Mitts and Boots to the expedition.

Expedition Organiser & Leader, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, said PHD's down clothing is "a keystone of our ability to mount this, the most difficult and ambitious polar challenge in history".

Find out more.

Bonita Norris Becomes youngest Brit to Summit Lhotse
Bonita Norris

Bonita Norris has successfully summited Lhotse and is now the youngest Brit to do so, and perhaps even the youngest person to have ever climbed it.

Bonita used a PHD Xero Down Suit on the expedition.

On summit day Bonita and her climbing partners were alone on the mountain. Bonita reports that the couloir used to gain the summit was, unusually, free of snow this year. The final summit approach is via a 50m rock mound. As Bonita climbed this last objective she passed the body of a Czech man who had died only a few days before. "He had simply sat down at the bottom of the rock climb, shut his eyes and died", she said.

Bonita and her team took just under three hours to get back to their high camp. They reached base camp the next day and are now safe in Kathmandu.

Over half the teams with permits for Lhotse abandoned early this year so congratulations to Bonita for persevering in what's been a difficult year on the mountain.

Adele Pennington Becomes 1st British Woman to Summit Five 8000'ers
Adele Pennington Summits Lhotse in a PHD Omega Down Suit

Adele Pennington successfully summited Lhotse on Friday 25th of May wearing one of our Omega Down Suits. At 8,516m Lhotse is Adele's fifth 8000m mountain and she is now the only British woman to have climbed five 8000m peaks. We kitted Adele out in a made-to-measure xxs Omega Down Suit.

Adele also used a "short and slim" PHD Diamir 1200 Down Sleeping bag to cope with the extreme night time temperatures. We already offer 'Short', and 'Long' sizes across our sleeping bag range, and have just introduced a 'Extra Long' sizes in our Minim range. The Minim range will soon be available in 'Slim', 'Wide', and 'Extra Wide' fittings too (watch this space).

Kenton Cool Summits Everest in our Xero Wind Suit
Kenton Cool Summits Everest in a PHD Xero Wind Suit

When Kenton Cool completed his mission to take an Olympic gold medal to the top of Mount Everest, he was wearing a specially-made PHD Xero Wind Suit.

It's Kenton's 10th time on the summit: a feat unequalled by any other Briton.

Let's not forget his back-up team: whose hard work was essential to the success of the expedition (we also made a suit for Kenton's cameraman).

Our capacity to make-to-order in small quantities meant we we're able to make Kenton's Wind Suit in the corporate colours of his main sponsor, Samsung.

First Ascents for Imperial College Expedition
Rondoy Jacket

Congratulations to the Imperial College Raru Expedition, which achieved four first ascents of peaks of up to 6276m and climbed seven new routes in the Tetleh valley, a tributary of the Raru valley in the Zanskar Himalaya in India. The expedition, made up of members of Imperial College's Mountaineering and Outdoors Clubs used PHD Hispar 500 and Minim 600 sleeping bags, and Alpine Ultra and Rondoy Down Jackets. Expedition leader Jonathan Moodie said the Hispar 500 was "incredibly light and hugely versatile". Team member Virgil Scott said of the Alpine Ultra, there was "no other jacket that I would've preferred to have with me".

YKK Aquaseal Zips
Alpamayo Jacket

We've just upgraded our Alpamayo Shell Jacket to use YKK Aquaseal zips on the chest pockets. These zips have previously been used on dry suits but have only just become light, smooth, and flexible enough to be used on our lightweight waterproofs.

The YKK Aquaseal zips were the ONLY zips we found to be waterproof after testing (we made up buckets of proofed fabric using various so-called 'waterproof' and 'water-resistant' zips sewn in across the bottom. When the buckets were filled with water, the only one which didn't leak at all yet was light enough for our clothing, was the YKK Aquaseal zip.

YKK Aquaseal zips also used on the smock version of this jacket.

Keeping Warm on the Highest and Coldest Roads on Earth
Highest road on earth

In early 2012, filming will start for a new documentary series produced by North One Television and JWT entertainment. In it the presenters and crew will attempt to drive the coldest, highest and hottest roads on earth. We're making a range of cold weather gear to keep the team warm in the high Himalaya and on Siberia's 'Road of Bones', where temperatures of -50 C are expected and -60 C are possible. As well as Omega Down Jackets, Mitts, and Salopettes, we're supplying Xero 1300 sleeping bags, and Omega wind suits. It’s not the first time PHD gear will have been on the 'Road of Bones'. In 2005 Rosie Swale-Pope followed it on foot, and said our gear "literally saved my life at -62 C."
Photo by: Vyacheslav Argenberg.

PHD's Kappa Jacket on the 2011 British Shackleton Traverse over South Georgia
2011 British Shackleton Traverse

Here's our Kappa Jacket being used on the 2011 British Shackleton Traverse over South Georgia, led by Stephen Venables. This picture is from the Breakwind Ridge, with the bay of Stromness in the far distance. According to Janey King (aka Rosie Thomas) the jacket "performed wonderfully, I skied and climbed and slept in it, and it was both warm and almost weightless."

Adele Pennington approaching Makalu Summit in PHD Omega Down Suit
Success for Pennington on Makalu

Congratulations Adele Pennington who summitted Makalu (8,481m) on 17 May 2011. The success of this trip will be especially sweet for Adele after the traumatic trip this time last year which left her seriously ill in hospital when she returned to the UK.

PHD supplied Adele with a Omega down suit for the expedition, which kept her "toastie" in the minus 45 degrees C she experienced on summit day. Adele told us that "the suit made all the difference and certainly contributed to my summit success."

We also supplied Adele with a Kappa Primaloft Jacket, which Adele found "wonderful" and would "have no hesitation in recommending", as well as Omega Down mitts, which kept Adele warm and gave her "enough dexterity to use a Jumar and Fig of 8."

Imperial colleage expedition
First ascents for Imperial College Expedition

Congratulations to The Imperial College Obra Valley expedition who made three first ascents in their recent expedition to the Himalayan Garhwal. Despite particularly heavy monsoon rains this year, a short period of stable weather allowed a sufficient climbing window.

PHD supplied Rondoy Jackets which the team found "incredibly warm and light" and equally suited for climbing and use at the advance camps.

We also supplied Hispar 500 sleeping bags which the expedition found to be very light and very warm. They reported that "even with condensation and freezing on the outer surface of the bag (-20°C), very comfortable sleeping temperatures were maintained."

Their full report provides more information about the expedition.

Lord Forsyth
Lord Forsyth's Vinson Challenge

Congratulations to Lord Forsyth who summited Mount Vinson – Antarctica's highest mountain – at 5.00pm local time on 4 January 2011.

His climb is on behalf of two charities: Marie Curie Cancer Care and Child in Need India (CINI). So far he has exceeded his original fundraising target and raised more than £373,000, a fantastic achievement.

Lord Forsyth, the former Secretary of State for Scotland, used a PHD Hispar 1000 sleeping bag, Xero down jacket, Xero mitts and Xero boots on his expedition, and said: "PHD are at the forefront of down clothing technology. I researched long and hard before deciding what to buy, and this firm is world class".

Rob Casserley
Rob's Everest Double Double

Congratulations to Rob Casserley who has become the first westerner to do the Everest 'double double' — two summits in the same climbing season, twice. What's more he did them all in his PHD Xero down suit.

As if that wasn't enough in the last 12 months Rob also managed to get to the true summit of Manasalu, and was 280 miles short of completing an Atlantic Row, only giving up because he had to go to Everest where he was guiding!

We are flattered that Rob says "I would not have achieved a lot of my climbing successes without PHD".

French High Mountain Rescue
PHD supply French High Mountain Rescue Team

We're supplying a whole range of gear to a French expedition, most of whom are members of the French High Mountain Rescue Team (Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne). The team of seven are attempting Aconcagua -- via the polish route -- in january 2011. They are taking Minimus and Hispar Sleeping Bags, Ultra and Minimus down vests, Hispar down jackets, Minimus down trousers, Xero and Mera down mitts, and Xero down boots.

Catlin Arctic Survey
PHD Supply Catlin Arctic Survey

PHD are supplying the Catlin Arctic Survey, which is taking vital measurements to help further our understanding of ocean change. The field work involves manually drilling through ice up to 5m thick; taking multiple water samples; swimming in dry suits across areas of open water; and scrambling over ice rubble fields and ridges. All the while they will be pulling sledges one and a half times their body weight.

We've supplied the ice base team with our Omega Jackets, Omega Trousers, and Omega Down Boots. Preliminary survey results are expected in late Autumn 2010.

Challenge 8000
First Maltese Success on Everest

Congratulations to the Challenge 8000 team -- Greg Attard, Marco Cremona, Robert Gatt and team guide Victor Saunders -- who became the first ever Maltese to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest. The team made it to the top of the 8,848-metre-high mountain on May 17 2010.

We were delighted to be able to supply the team with down clothing and sleeping bags.

Adventure racing
Race Calendar Launched

We've just launched our Race Calendar to help you select the best down sleeping bags and insulated clothing for mountain & desert marathons and adventure racing.

Whether you choose a two-day event in the mountains or a seven-day desert march, choosing the best available gear can have a major impact on your recovery overnight and your results on the days that follow. Our guide covers events including the OMM, LAMM, Marathon des Sables and Iditarod Invitational.

Caving
Camping in the biggest cave in the World

In early 2009 Ian Watson asked us to make a sleeping bag suitable for a trip a massive cave system in Vietnam. We supplied a Minum 400 sleeping bag made in Drishell to provide warmth at minimum weight and pack size, and protection from constant cold draughts underground.

On the trip Ian and his team entered what was found to be the largest cave passage in the world, Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave). The cave, 200m high and up to 150m wide, is close to twice the size of the previously recorded biggest cave in the world. Ian said the PHD sleeping bag was "brilliant for the job".

Colin Hawke
Paragliding the Himalayas

We recently heard from Colin Hawke about one of the more unusual uses of our gear - paragliding the Himalayas and Karakorum. Colin, pictured here, is wearing our Delta Belay Jacket ready to fly. Colin says: "I love your sleeping bags and jackets. I push them beyond their design scope. They work better than they say on the tin, which is not usual in my experience". You can read more about his adventures on his blog.

Rosie Swale Pope
Just a Little Run Around the World

We highly recommend Rosie Swale Pope's new book about her incredible 20,000 mile run around the world. Published in May 2009 by HarperCollins, its tells of her five-year solo journey, which included long stretches in Alaska and Siberia not to mention road accidents, bear encounters and severe frostbite. Rosie is kind enough to mention the gear we supplied her with in the book saying:

"the finest help of all is the state-of-the-art quality of [PHD's] brilliant clothing and sleeping-bag system".
Dreamchasers
Marathon des Sables Success

Congratulations to Bryon Powell, Ted Archer, and Michael Wardian who became the 1st American team to place in top 3 of the Marathon des Sables in 2009. Individually Michael was 8th overall -- the best finish ever by an American (or English speaker speaker). We supplied Minim Ultra down bags to the team. Bryon said "I would, without a doubt, use the PHD Minim Ultra again. Quite simply, I don't think there's a better bag on the market for warm weather stage racing."

Greenland Crossing
Greenland Crossing 2009

In April 2009 The ENDURE expedition will attempt to cross Greenland on foot and totally unsupported. The team—Ben Thackwray and Ian Couch—are planning to cover the 600 km from east to west coast in the style of an ultra distance marathon and complete the crossing as fast as possible.

They've asked us to make them Hispar down jackets and Hispar 800 down sleeping bags for the trip. Ben described the kit as "absolutely, unbelievably good!". Follow their progress here.

Are you planning an expedition to Greenland? If so check out our expedition advice at Gear Adviser.

Three Dogs
Fuchs Foundation Arctic expedition 2009

We're again supplying a Fuchs Foundation's Arctic expedition. In 2009 the team will be crossing the Greenland Icecap between 66 and 67 deg North, travelling with dog sledges, so that each day they will be able to spend time carrying out their science projects. To protect them in the harsh environment of the Arctic they'll be taking PHD kit including: Xero 1300 sleeping bags, Boots and Jackets, Taiga Fleece Jackets, and Alpamayo Jackets and Salopettes. You can follow their progress here.

Three Dogs
Arctic Survival Explorer Challenge 2009

When Trueways Survival wanted kitting out for their 2009 Arctic Survival Courses they came to us. The courses, which have previously been taught by John 'Lofty' Wiseman author of "The SAS Survival Handbook", will be based in the Arctic circle and the team will be taking our: Diamir and Xero sleeping Bags; Omega Mitts, Boots, and Jackets; and VBLs.



Mark Beaumont
The Man Who Cycled the World

Congratulations to Mark Beaumont who, at 1530 on Friday 15th February completed his incredible 18,000 miles circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. You may have been following Mark's progress on his website or by watching the recent BBC TV documentary.

We supplied Mark with some of our lightweight gear including an: Ultra down vest (pictured) and Piqolo down sleeping bag.




BAS logo
PHD supply British Antarctic Survey

We're supplying the British Antarctic Survey with Xero 1300 sleeping bags for use in the extreme conditions experienced in the Antarctic. The bags will be used close to the South Pole and at high altitudes for several months. The BAS team need kit that would keep them safe at temperatures of -50c under canvas and our bag fitted the bill. They particularly appreciated the safety features on the Xero 1300 and PHD's build quality.




Design your own sleeping bag
Springwise highlight our DYO site

Our 'Design your own sleeping bag' system has been featured on the Springwise website, which scans the globe for smart new business ideas! They agree with us that "there seems to be no limit on consumers' appetite for customization".Our DYO site has 17 options including: fabrics; colours; Down quality, quantity & stuff pattern; zips and draft tubes; hoods, collars; length; and width. There are literally millions of possibilities.




Fuchs Foundation
Fuchs Foundation Antarctic Expedition 2007

The expedition members have returned to the UK after man hauling and living for 40 days on the ice. They have completed their science projects on and around the Union Glacier. The expedition was filmed and you can watch it on Teachers' TV, starting 31 March 2008. We supplied the team with a range of gear which they described as working "exceptionally well in the varied conditions ... experienced".

PHD Overbag
Geographical Magazine

The December 2007 Geographical Magazine named our Overbag as one of its 'Ten of the Best' products for Antarctic mountaineering. The bag has already seen service on expeditions with Sir Ran Fiennes, Zoe Hudson and others.

Mark Seaton
Mark Seaton, Eiger North face

On the 7th 8th 9th September 2007 Mark Seaton Guided his long time client Charles Sherwood on the North Face of the Eiger. [ED2] This was only the second time a British Guide had done this. [The first being Kenton Cool and his client Sir Randolph Fiennes last March]. Despite cold conditions and a good forecast the climbing conditions were difficult and Mark and Charles wore crampons for the entire route. They had two bivys on the face: one at the top of the second ice field and one on the Upper Ramp. They had a third bivy on the summit. The Eiger is no place for down equipment so they both used PHD Zeta 2 sleeping bags. Mark said the bags "were just fantastic and completely idiot proof".

The Xtreme Everest summit
Xtreme Everest Success

Congratulations to the Xtreme Everest team who placed a research team on the summit of Mount Everest in May 2007 and made the first ever measurement of the level of oxygen in human blood at 8400m, on the balcony of Everest. This was the centrepiece of an programme of research into low oxygen levels and human performance at extreme altitude We supplied the team with gear for their summit bid, including Xero Down suits, and Omega Down Mitts

Mark Beaumont
Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont is aiming to become the fastest person to have ever circumnavigated the globe by bicycle. On Sunday 5th August 2007, Mark is leaving from Paris on a solo attempt to break this 18,000 mile cycling World Record. The current Guinness World Record stands at 276 days 19 hrs 15 min or just over 9 months. Mark is planning to break this by cycling around the globe in under seven months, with a target of 210 days. We're supplying Mark with some of our lightweight gear including an: Ultra down vest and Piqolo down sleeping bag.

IceWarrior
Ice Warrior

We are delighted to be continuing to supply Jim McNeill and the Ice Warrior team with gear for their polar expeditions. Jim's forthcoming trip will be filmed by the BBC and we are supplying him and the BBC Natural History Unit with gear including our: Omega Down jackets, fleece jackets and trousers, down mitts, Extreme balaclava, and down boots.

Everest2007
Everest2007

In March 2007 a team from the London Business School's Rock & Mountain Club will attempt to summit Mount Everest. In doing so they will put the first Egyptian and the first Welsh Woman on top of the world. They also hope to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for The Princes trust. We are delighted to be supplying the team with kit including: Omega down suits, Omega Down Boots, Xero Down boots, Omega down mitts.

Team N2i
Team N2i - Novo to Inaccessibility Antarctic Expedition

Team N2i are hoping to make history by becoming the first people to reach Antarctica's Pole of Inaccessibility without mechanical assistance. The four-man group began their 1,770km (1,100 mile) trek at the beginning of December, using only skis and kites to pull their 120kg sledges. With favourable weather conditions, the men hope to complete the remaining 320km (200 miles) in the next six days. The Pole of Inaccessibility marks the centre of Antarctica and is the point on the continent that is furthest from any coast. The team are using our specially modified 50% down filled one piece Omega suits, which they say are 'very well made items of clothing with tons of features'. They think our suits will 'be perfect for kiting up on the plateau where temperatures will be regularly lower than -35C'. We wish them the best of luck.

Rosie Stancer North Pole Solo 2007
Rosie Stancer - North Pole Solo 2007

We're delighted to be supplying cold weather gear to Rosie Stancer who, in March 2007, aims to become the first woman in the world to walk solo to the North Pole. She'll be hauling her sledge over 415 nautical miles of frozen Arctic Ocean for 60 days, coping with the psychological stresses of being alone in a polar desert and dedicating all her resources to survival in the extreme Arctic environment. Her survival kit will include our Xero down boots, Minimus Down Vest, and Xero down jacket. Follow her progress here Image © Martin Hartley

Bruce Parry
Bruce Parry in Siberia

Bruce Parry’s BBC Two series tribe sees him living with remote tribes. For his most recent adventure he lived for a month with the Nemets people in Siberia following their deer migration. Temperatures average -40C and Bruce and his team took a whole range of our gear with them, including: Omega Down Jackets, Xero Down Salopettes, Omega Down Mitts, Extreme Balaclavas, and Diamir 1200 Down Sleeping Bags.

Fuchs Foundation Antarctic Expedition 2007

We are delighted to be supplying a range of gear to the Fuchs Foundation Polar Challenge 2007 team

Polar Challenge 2007

Polar Challenge is a 350 mile team Polar Race to the location of the Magnetic North Pole and beyond. The race takes place between mid-April and mid-May each year. We are proud to be supplying 'Team Hardware.com' with gear for the 2007 race. Winners of the 2005 event, Team Hardware.com are going to be using specially adapted versions of our Omega down suits.

PHD Customer Discount Scheme launched!

Spend £130 or more and earn a 10% discount on subsequent purchases from our main website in the year you qualify AND the following year! Find out more.

UK Reserve Forces 7 Summits team

Having already had success on Aconcagua, Elbrus, McKinley and Kilimanjaro, the UK Reserve Forces 7 Summits team is heading off in September '06 to Climb Cho Oyo, as a training Peak for their attempt on Everest next year, with Mt Vinson and Carstensz Pyramid to follow. Having 'been impressed' with PHD gear, we are supplying the team with: Xero down salopettes, Xero down suits, Omega down boots, and Omega down mitts.

Extreme South 2006/7 team
Extreme South 2006/7

We are delighted to be supporting and supplying Rob Conway, Toby Williams and Doug Orr whose Extreme South expedition aims to put the first team of medical students, the first diabetic and the younger Briton at the South pole. Toby Williams said about the down clothing we are supplying: 'I am very pleased that we will be using what I firmly believe to be the best down equipment available.' We are supplying the team with: Garwhal down jackets, Xero down salopettes , Xero one piece windshells, Minimus down vests, Omega down boots, Xero down sleeping bags.

The Everestmax 2006 team
Everestmax

22nd May 2006, We're delighted to announce that EVERESTMAX have just become the first team to complete one of the last great overland journeys from the lowest point on Earth (the Dead Sea) to the highest (Mt Everest) in a single journey. Seven climbers made it to the summit, 3 of whom did the whole trip from Jordan. They thanked PHD for 'such great kit'. We supplied the team with: Xero down mitts, Omega down suits, Xero 1000 sleeping Bags, Xero Down trousers, Xero Down Jackets, Omega down Mitts, Alpamayo Waterproof Jackets, Alpamayo waterproof Salopettes, Xero one-piece shell wind suits, Extreme Balaclavas, Delta Bivi Bags, VBL Bags, and Taiga fleece trousers. The team departed from the Dead Sea in December 2005.

The Imperial College Chogolisa Expedition 2006 team
Chogolisa 2006

We are delighted to be supporting and supplying Ben Gready, David Gent, Joseph Johnstone, and Benjamin Withers in their summer 2006 attempt at the SW ridge of Chogolisa (7665m) in a remote part of the Karakoram. The team are all at Imperial College whose expedition fund—as well as the BMC—are also sponsoring their trip. We're supplying Xero down jackets, Omega Down Mitts, Extreme Balaclavas, Taiga Fleece trousers and special sleeping bags designed with our 'Design your own sleeping bag' system.

The Xtreme Everest 2006 team
Xtreme Everest 2007

Xtreme Everest is a research project coordinated by the Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme environment medicine at University College London. The team use extreme physical environments to investigate human physiology. Their goal is to place a research team on the summit of Mount Everest in 2007 and make the first ever measurement of the level of oxygen in human blood at this extreme altitude. We're supplying the team with gear for their summit bid, including Xero Down suits, and Omega Down Mitts

Joao Garcia
Kangchenjunga 2006

2006. We're making Omega down suits and Omega down mitts for Joao Garcia, one of Portugal's premiere alpinists. Joao, who has climbed six 8000m summits, is off to attempt Kangchenjunga in April.

Cho Oyu 2006

We're supplying down suits to Dr. Peter Vencken and Dr. Remco Berendsen, physicians from Holland who are going to carry out research on Cho Oyu in Spring 2006. Cho Oyu (8201m) is the world's sixth highest mountain, located in Tibet near Everest. Remco said the suits “look awesome.”

Jim McNeill
Ice Warrior 2006

Jim McNeill is trying to set a world record for reaching the four Arctic poles in one season, and PHD will be with him all the way. We've supplied Jim and the team of 19 novice explorers accompanying him on one of these expeditions with a wide range of gear. This includes: Omega down jackets; Xero down salopettes and Xero 1300 sleeping bags, Omega down mitts, VBL bags, Alpamayo waterproof trousers, Minimus down pullovers and Extreme balaclavas. Follow their progress at Ice Warrior.

Stuart Gillett
Yukon Arctic Ultra 2006

With the next Yukon Arctic Ultra scheduled to start on February 11th 2006, we're busy equipping competitors with a range of cold weather gear. The 100 and 300 mile races are held on the trail of the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race but differ in that nothing but human power can be used to get you round. We're supplying a new product our Yukon Jacket as well as more familiar products like our Minim 1000 down sleeping bag (now discontinue - try Hispar 1000 instead), Xero down mitts and boots, Diamir 1200 down sleeping bag and Garwhal down jackets. Good luck to Stuart Gillett who tested our new Yukon Jacket in temperatures of -26C in Austria this January (see photo), finding it to be 'toasty warm. In fact every one else there was so impressed that they were wanting similar kit.'

Marathon des Sables
Marathon des Sables 2006

Now in its 20th year the Marathon des Sables has grown from humble beginnings to a race attracting more than 700 entrants. It's not just the 150 mile desert course in 40C heat that makes this event tough, it's the fact that the entrants have to carry their own equipment. Over the last seven years we've supplied many competitors with ultralight down gear. The story is the same in 2006 with the most popular items being our Minimus and Minim 400 down sleeping bags, with Drishell outers. This year's race begins 7th April.

Rosie Swale Pope Rosie's Russian resupply

As Rosie Swale Pope continues her incredible solo run around the world, we've just resupplied her with a full compliment of PHD gear: and she needs it. Encountering temperatures of less than -60C in January '06, Rosie is protected by our Minimus down jacket, Xero mitts and boots and a special Minim down sleeping bag. Her son James reports that 'her cold weather gear from PHD is holding up really well in the conditions.'

Neal Short
Everest North Ridge

Jagged Globe’s 2005 North Ridge Expedition included a number of our customers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The expedition was successful in placing six out of nine clients on the top. Neal Short, the expedition leader, took one of our Omega down suits, a Xero windsuit and Omega down boots. He reported that 'the kit to worked perfectly and will be using it again'. Neal is pictured on the summit.

Outside magazine PHD's custom bag service featured in Outside magazine.

America's best-selling outdoor magazine reviews our Design-your-own sleeping bag service in their October 2005 edition. Click here to read their review (opens in a new window). They say 'Down-bag maker PHD . . . will stitch a sleeper to match your idea of the perfect bag for your body and your wilderness sleeping plans.' We can't disagree.