Sponsors : Supporters
Ricky has been very lucky over the past few years to have had such fantastic support from the following organisations. These sponsors have supported Ricky with direct financial support or by providing free kit. Without the support of these fantastic sponsors none of Ricky's expeditions would have taken place.
Formed in 1997 to develop and operate new build internationally branded hotels, BDL is now one of the UK's largest multi-brand hotel management companies. Specialising in managing hotels for asset owners, we manage more than 30 hotels in locations across the UK and Ireland. BDL has a proven track record in delivering global brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express (Intercontinental Hotel Group), Ramada Encore (Wyndham Hotel Group) as well as un-branded hotels under the BDL Select umbrella.
BDL have supported Ricky on three expeditions; the Marathon des Sables in 1994, the Australasia 3 Peaks Glacier Expedition in 2010 and the 2011 Carstensz Pyramid Glacier Expedition. Ricky is immensely immensely grateful for their ongoing support.
Gibson Pensions & Investment Ltd specialise in providing advice tailored to your specific needs in the areas of, Investment, Tax Planning, Mortgages, Annuities, Equity Release, Retirement Planning, Critical Illness Cover , Life Assurance, Property Purchase & Investment. They operate as a family firm and are members of Unbiased IFA, Institute of Directors, Personal Finance Society, Chartered Institute of Insurance, AIFA- Association of Independent Financial Advisors, Association of Independent Mortgage Intermediaries, and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Ricky is proud to say that Gibson Pension & Investments have supported him over the long-term, including the Marathon des Sables in 1994, the Australasia 3 Peaks Glacier Expedition in 2010 and the 2011 Carstensz Pyramid Glacier Expedition.
Montane create lightweight and breathable clothing for mountain climbing, running and biking. Montane was created over 18 years ago. Founded by a young passionate engineer who in between venturing out to explore the remote and wild places of this earth, began sewing garments for friends and fellow mountain enthusiasts. It's a classic beginning really.
Innovation was the start. The first super packable and lightweight windshirt, the first extreme conditions one layering system. The focus was and always will be on pushing the limits of garment design in order that those who are attracted to wild places can raise the limits of endurance and adventure in the mountains.
Those in the past and those who now currently work and belong to Montane from designer, office support, sales, sponsored athlete and active user help perpetuate that pursuit of innovation.
Montane has generously supported Ricky's two previous expeditions to New Guinea - the Australasia 3 Peaks Glacier Expedition in 2010 and the 2011 Carstensz Pyramid Glacier ExpeditionTheir clothing is exceptional and he is proud to wear it. On Denali, Ricky will wear:
Aquapac manufacture top-quality, waterproof, protective cases. As well as selling to discerning individuals, Aquapac are the trusted choice of all sorts of professional users. Emergency services like the Los Angeles Lifeguard, the London Fire Brigade, Japan Lifeguard and Spanish Red Cross - these and many more buy Aquapac. So too do major original equipment manufacturers such as Flip Video, Motorola, Nikon and Sony.
Nite Watches are issued to UK Special Forces and feature a rare illumination technology called GTLS (Gaseous Tritium Light Source). Nite Watches have served as official expedition time keeper on two challenging New Guinea expeditions and will accompany Ricky to Denali in April 2011.
Ricky has also been supported by a huge number of organisations and individuals who have gone out of their way to support his fundraising expeditions. The organisations below have supported Ricky's expeditions with grants, kit discounts or by formally approving the expeditions.
Sir Winston Churchill´s legacy lives on through the work of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Annually the Trust awards over 100 grants to individuals who wish to undertake studies relating to theirinterest, education or profession. WCMT believes the inspirational journey benefits the Fellows and others in the UK through knowledge sharing; achieved primarily through personal development and dissemination of the benefits of what they learn on their travels. Ricky was awarded a 2010 Travelling Fellowship as Leader of the Australasia 3 Peaks Glacier Expedition. WCMT also kindly agreed that he could carry forward the balance of the 2010 grant to return to Papua in October 2011 to complete the Carstensz Pyramid Glacier Expedition.
The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust (JWCT) is a charity set up in tribute to and memory of Jeremy Willson. The charity helps people and projects that reflect Jeremy’s passions in life: athletics, geology, adventure and the environment. The expedition was awarded a grant of £750 against expedition costs in 2011 and I’m very grateful to JWCT for their support. The trustees have kindly agreed that I can use unspent funds for my return to Papua in October 2011.
Alpine Club of Canada Environment Fund - The purpose of the Fund is to provide support that contributes to the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments. This expedition is made possible in part through a grant from the Alpine Club of Canada´s Environment Fund. The expedition has been awarded funding to buy photographic equipment to help create a photographic record of ice cap cover in the region.
Ricky was awarded a Lyon Equipment Expedition Award in both 2006 and 2010. He's very grateful to Lyon Equipment for their support. Lyon Equipment is the leading distributor of quality caving, climbing, mountaineering and general outdoor equipment to outdoor retailers throughout the UK and Ireland. Lyon is the sole UK and Ireland distributor for Petzl, Julbo, La Sportiva and Exped.
The Royal Scottish Geographical Society is the foremost charity in Scotland which promotes an understanding of the natural environment and human societies. RSGS aims to reinforce the importance of Geography in schools and wider education, by underlining its relevance in national and global issues of public concern and helping to frame the debate around these issues. The Expedition has been ‘approved’ by RSGS.
GoLite is a premier global manufacturer of lightweight, innovative and sustainable equipment designed specifically for outdoor athletes. GoLite is committed to building a truly sustainable business, one that minimises its environmental impacts and produces its products in factories that are fair, safe, and non-discriminatory. GoLite have supplied my New Guinea expeditions in 2010 & 2011 with tents and packs.
CRUX is a small, specialist brand dedicated to developing product specifically for climbing. The design philosophy is simple - crux products are to be tough, light and functional. Their waterproof down sleeping bags will provide optimal protection against the challenging conditions we will face in the mountains
The Spectra Group (UK) is a leading provider of voice and data services in areas where either none exist or where high intensity conflicts, natural disasters, pandemics or terrorist attacks may have destroyed existing networks. They are providing us with a ruggerdised expedition laptop as part of our satellite communications capability.
Inmarsat has stood at the forefront of mobile satellite services for 30 years. They are internationally recognised as pioneers in their field and they continue to introduce new technologies that redefine the standard for their industry. They are supplying us with a BGAN terminal to allow us to send live updates back from the field and a satellite phone for emergency use.
You can support Ricky's ambitious attempt to climb the Triple Seven Summits; the three highest peaks on every continent. To date, this has never been done. Please select your preferred donation on the Paypal widget to the right. This widget allows you to doante directly to the Triple Seven Summits project and be a part of mountaineering history:
Ricky's ongoing expeditions, and the Triple Seven Summits project, his long-term project to climb the three highest mountains on every continent, represent a unique opportunity for you to promote your brand to your target audience through the direct support of Ricky’s endeavours. You can benefit from his growing online profile and his ability to generate media coverage for his charitable, adventurous expeditions. You can find out more about Ricky's current Sponsors & Supporters by clicking on the panels above. Alternatively, you can download a sponsorship brochure for his latest expedition by clicking on Ricky on the icon below: