The GORE-TEX Experience Tour: Share your outdoor passion – side by side with the professionals

The GORE-TEX Experience Tour invites young people from all over Europe to apply on Facebook for a chance to take part in a variety of outdoor challenges.

The first ascent of an untouched summit; filming an outdoor documentary in the Scottish wilderness; a photo expedition to Norwegian’s Lofoten archipelago or manufacturing a trekking-shoe legend: side by side with the experts. Young outdoor enthusiasts from all over Europe are invited to apply for a chance to make their outdoor dreams come true.

The goal
The first GORE-TEX Experience Tour projects start in Autumn 2010. The ambitious objective is to bring together expert heroes and the young outdoor community. To realize this goal, GORE-TEX has mobilized outdoor specialists from different countries who are ready, willing and able to share their passion and experience. The project will result in new approaches and innovative ideas that push boundaries and contribute to the development of outdoor sports.

The experts
The professionals include four-time world champion ice climber Ines Papert, extreme climber Robert Jasper, award-winning BBC outdoor documentary filmmaker Cameron McNeish, and internationally acclaimed shoemakers Lukas und Lars Meindl. The Experience Tour is conceived as a long-term project, so additional experts will participate in the near future.

The projects
The projects are varied and different: there will be ‘urban adventures’ as well as alpine expeditions. They all involve cross-disciplinary skills indirectly linked to sport, such as outdoor photography or television documentary filmmaking. The search is on for talented youngsters who want to develop their skills side by side with an expert.

Application and information
The GORE-TEX Experience Tour will be publicized and accompanied on Facebook. There is an online application procedure. In addition to voting by fans, a panel of outdoor experts and the respective professionals involved will also evaluate the candidates. Participants will be asked to contribute additional information in real-time by regularly blogging with text and pictures about their experiences.

Visit the GORE-TEX Experience Tour website and the Facebook Page