Our products are not designed on a drawing board alone. Real-world experiences are key to us, our reason for working intensely with our product test team.
His passion is the mountains. He has climbed the famous Eiger North Face more than 50 times. Roger Schäli has been a friend of the EXPED team for a long time as an all-round alpinist and above all as a person. His experience in the mountains, but of course also his awareness of high-quality equipment make the well-known professional mountaineer the perfect brand ambassador. Roger Schäli has been using our products intensively for a long time and therefore knows exactly what he is talking about. One favorite product has already emerged: The Whiteout is one of his most reliable companions.
Thomas Oschwald is always looking for new challenges and adventures. A regular companion is his stand-up paddle, with which he has already covered quite long distances. For example, he paddled from the mouth of the Rhine in the North Sea over 1200 km against the current to the source of the Rhine. When the alpine Rhine was too strong, he walked to the source by foot – challenge accepted. In Norway he paddled with the SUP to the North Cape in the icy winter time. Whether over the water or on foot to the next mountain, Thomas documents his adventures skillfully on photos and videos.
Christof Hagen, from Survival Outdoor School (SOS), has been a close friend of ours for a long time. He's also an external team member of EXPED. Over the years, he's been rigorously testing our products and prototypes in real-life situations during his courses, no matter the season. We greatly appreciate his extensive outdoor expertise, as it has provided us with numerous valuable ideas and feedback to enhance our products.
"Survival is all about mastering the art of thriving in nature, utilizing our mental and physical capabilities to the fullest. The lessons taught at SOS draw inspiration from the wisdom of our ancestors while staying firmly rooted in the present."
Christof Hagen, founder Survival Outdoor School
For his clients and passion, Norbert Blank capture the world and its people in pictures. He has been roaming the world for the past 15 years and through overs 100 countries.
As a freelance travel journalist, tour guide and enthusiastic mountain sportswoman, Astrid Därr spends more than seven months a year traveling around the globe. Her reports and photos have been published in various English- and German-language magazines, blogs and online portals. Whether by 4x4 across Africa and South America, by ski on the active volcanoes on the Pacific Ring of Fire, on foot through the wilderness of East Greenland or by dive boat to the Moluccas - she loves adventure!
Walter Steinberg, appointed member of the Gesellschaft für Bild und Vortrag e.V. (GBV), has been working as a freelance travel journalist, photographer and filmmaker since 2008. His traveling companion and wife, biologist Dr. Siglinde Fischer, accompanies him on his projects. Together the couple explores the wilds, preferably in the north: Northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Scotland, Greenland, Canada, and again and again Alaska. The two often spend months traveling "by fair means": on foot, snowshoes with backpack and sled, or by canoe.
Berg + Tal has been accompanying guests up the mountains and back down into the valley for over 20 years. What started in 1993 as a one man show has been at the forefront of the Swiss market for quite some time. "Our business principle is based on the passion for mountain sports in all its shades and the courage to tread unknown paths in everyday business. This always with respect and fairness towards nature, our employees and partners. We mountain guides from Berg + Tal coach, train, belay, climb, plan, ski and always carry a backpack from EXPED. The basic values of the company EXPED are also our values. We live our enthusiasm and do so with the best quality and continuity."
The mountain guides of Alpine Welten accompany guests from German-speaking countries on moderate or demanding mountain tours in the Alps, to the mountains of the world and on polar expeditions. In the Alpine Welten family, three German mountain schools combine their know-how and expertise. More than 100 certified mountain guides and mountain hiking guides rely on EXPED gear, be it the Downmat in polar regions or the Black Ice 30 backpack for daily use.
Raphael Richard and Stéphane Hottinger: "The mountains brought us together in the 90s and they are still the ones that connect us today. The passion for the mountains has allowed us to pursue our dream (job): the profession of mountain guide. After working as mountain guides in Verbier for more than 10 years, we decided to choose the path of self-employment. Through our website we offer worldwide trips, but also domestic ski touring days, mountaineering weekends, alpine courses, as well as everything that can be done with a mountain guide. As professional mountain rescuers, we also offer basic and advanced training in avalanche safety, crevasse rescue, personal rescue, etc. It is our goal and desire to spend as much time as possible in the mountains with our clients in the most beautiful places and there is only one thing that counts: safety!"