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Posted on 27 07 2012

Garmont North America partners with the Mountain Rescue Association

Garmont proudly serves as first Gold Sponsor of Mountain Rescue Association (MRA)

PORTLAND, OREGON – Garmont (, the recognized and award-winning innovators of backcountry ski and mountaineering boot design is the first Gold Sponsor of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) a non-profit training and education program.

As the first Gold Sponsor, Garmont plays a vital role in the continued success of the Mountain Rescue Association, supporting the ongoing training and education for its members.

“The MRA is a critical organization with a skilled team of dedicated professionals,” said David Fee, President of Garmont USA. “We are proud to support the year round work of the MRA because in doing so, we are ensuring access to quality rescue and safety education.”

Fee understands the crucial service provided by MRA all too well; twenty years ago, David’s uncle, Bob Fee suffered a bad fall while skiing near the summit of Mount Hood. Severely injured and unconscious, Bob was reached by MRA professionals and transported to a helicopter that flew him to a Portland hospital. Rocky Henderson, an active MRA member, was personally involved in the rescue.

“Garmont was already very interested in working with MRA. But when we learned that MRA saved the life of a Garmont employee’s close relative, this sealed the deal. We hope our contribution helps make more rescues like Uncle Bob’s possible,” Fee said.

Garmont is the ideal match for MRA’s year-round rescue efforts. With a strong technical hike and mountaineering collection, Garmont has all of the products needed to support a hiking mountain rescue. When the snow falls, Garmont’s broad selection of lightweight alpine touring and telemark boots are perfectly suited for the tough and varied conditions the MRA team faces every day.

Universally recognized mountain and backcountry experts, the highly trained professional rescuers of the MRA are the beacons of hope for lost hikers, skiers and snowboarders, rock climbers as well as hikers, hunters and backpackers. Established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon the MRA is the oldest Search and Rescue association in the United States.

The non-profit organization composed of 86 accredited units, for a total of over 2,500 members. Serving as the only national search and rescue team accreditation organization, the MRA ensures that local units meet the professional-level safety training standards required to meet the needs of their community of outdoor enthusiasts. For more information on the MRA visit

ABOUT GARMONT: Pushing the limits of performance and design, Garmont is known worldwide for the creation of high-performance ski boots and technical outdoor footwear. Their exceptional product line includes award-winning alpine, alpine touring and telemark ski boots; and outdoor footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, hiking and trail sports. For more information on Garmont and their diverse collection of performance designs, please visit

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