World-renowned mountaineer completes 100k March Madness Challenge - SNEWS

World-renowned mountaineer completes 100k March Madness Challenge

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After 31 days, Greg Hill reaches his personal goal of climbing and skiing more than 300-thousand feet

Ogden, UT—April 2, 2014Salomon and Suunto are proud to announce professional backcountry skier and mountaineer Greg Hill has successfully completed his 100k March Madness Challenge – setting a record for the most vertical feet climbed and skied during one month.

To accomplish his challenge, Hill planned to climb and ski approximately 12-thousand vertical feet per day, for four days, followed by one rest day throughout the month. On average, he climbed for more than seven hours each outing.

The stage for Hill’s feat was the backcountry near his home in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada where he summited 10 peaks over the course of March Madness.

“It was a great month of human-powered powder searching,” said Hill. “I’m fortunate to work with the companies I do who equip me with gear that allows me to push my limits safely and effectively.”

Part of Hill’s March Madness Challenge included on-slope beta reviewing and feedback on new products that will be released to the public for the winter of 2015/16. During his challenge, Hill tested products from sponsors Salomon and Suunto.

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In 2010, Hill gained world-wide recognition for his Greg Hill 2 Mil campaign, in which he logged two million vertical feet ski-mountaineering in one year. Hill’s 24-hour record is 50-thousand vertical feet.

Watch Hill explain the challenge prior to his start here: VIDEO

Salomon, the mountain sports company. Salomon was founded in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps. Since then, we’ve been creating innovative products to enhance the performance of athletes. Performance led design is our past. Performance led design is our future.

Suunto was founded in 1936 by Tuomas Vohlonen, a Finnish orienteer and inventor of the liquid-filled field compass. Since then Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and instruments used by adventure seekers all over the globe. From the top of the mountain to the bottom of the sea, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.

Suunto’s headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc’teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, and Mavic.