LEKI Signs Climber Melissa Arnot to Athlete Roster

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Buffalo, NY – LEKI, the market leader in skiing, trekking and Nordic walking poles, is pleased to welcome Melissa Arnot to its roster of sponsored athletes. Arnot, a globally accomplished mountain guide and climber, complements LEKI’s robust team of athletes which also includes fellow climber Ueli Steck.

Arnot is the women’s record holder for Everest summits (five). She has been a part of four expeditions to Cotopaxi, four to Aconcagua, three to Cayambe and has summited Rainier over 100 times. She is an active member of the Eddie Bauer First Ascent guide team. Climbing and guiding also serve as a form of philanthropic outreach for Arnot. In 2008, she summited Mt. Everest as part of Team Inspi(RED) to promote HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa. She has also guided two celebrity Summit on the Summit climbs to Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for clean water access. Most recently, she and fellow climber David Morton launched The Juniper Fund, a non-profit to provide insurance and financial support for mountain workers.

As part of the multi-year sponsorship agreement, Arnot will represent LEKI as a brand ambassador and provide invaluable feedback to the company’s design and development team on future product introductions. She is currently using LEKI’s new Micro Vario Carbon Ladies trekking poles and appreciates how durable, lightweight and easy to use they are on expeditions.

“We are honored to have Melissa join the LEKI team, as she is a highly accomplished athlete and well known in the global climbing community,” said Greg Wozer, VP of LEKI USA. “We have watched Melissa’s many achievements over the years and look forward to supporting her future climbing expeditions.”

About LEKI

Founded in 1948, LEKI is a leading manufacturer of Skiing, Trekking and Nordic Walking poles and gloves. LEKI products are German engineered with a majority of the products being made in the company's Czech Republic factory. This in conjunction with extensive research and independent testing make the best products featuring quality, value and technology. Because poles and gloves are their only business and they are focused on producing only the best products in those categories, LEKI is the known as “the pole experts.” LEKI USA, Inc., headquartered in Buffalo , NY , is the sole North American distributor of LEKI brand Skiing, Trekking, and Nordic Walking poles and gloves. For more information please visit www.LEKI.com or call 800.255.9982.

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