Advanced Shelter is an evolving collaboration with partners committed to saving the planet. The company describes itself as “not so much a brand as an ever-evolving, project-based collaboration on a mission to elevate mountaineering gear through art and altruism.”
Their latest partnership is with award-winning cinematographer and expedition climber Renan Ozturk. Together, they have released a new pair of skis and a splitboard featuring Ozturk’s painting of the legendary landscape of Meru.
To create the skis, Advanced Shelter partnered with the 100-percent renewably run Åre Ski Factory. The company partnered with Wired Snowboards to construct the splitboards. All proceeds from sales of these hardgoods will go towards Protect Our Winters (POW).
“Advanced Shelter is an experimental creative alliance that exists for the love of nature, art, and adventure,” says Advanced Shelter collaborator Jeremy K. Spencer. “We’re driven by a desire to make objects that dovetail art and science to empower some of life’s greatest experiences—active pursuits outdoors—while preserving our natural playground: Earth.
“The gear is just one piece of it,” continues Spencer. “Our adventures fuel the creation of art, film, photography, and stories as well, and we’ll see where the future takes us.”
Like skiing, art is a way to connect to the land and to experience nature in new ways. For Ozturk, this connection grew hand in hand with his love for climbing. He is known for hauling large canvases hundreds of miles to use as a creative outlet during rest days between climbs.
As Ozturk’s expeditions grew, so did his canvases. Ozturk’s impressionist paintings capture the vividly colorful contours and the jagged ridgelines of some of the most impressive mountains in the world.
With a career built on adventure and creativity, Ozturk has traveled to the highest peaks in the world, conquering them both by hand and paintbrush. He continues to inspire both outdoor enthusiasts and anyone with an appreciation for the beautiful and vast landscapes blanketing the earth.
Ozturk’s artwork for the Advanced Shelter skis and splitboards feature the Himalayan peak Meru. Known for both its breathtaking scenery and connection to the spiritual world, Meru has been the holy place for climbers and expeditionists for hundreds of years. This collaboration is committed to not only show the stunning landscape featuring Meru, but saving it as well by committing all proceeds from this collaboration to Protect Our Winters.
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“Protect Our Winters has been an omnipresent force within our network since its conception, so there never was another cause considered; there just isn’t another organization like POW.” Says Spencer. “Mountaineers worldwide share particular virtues that help with safety. Humility, generosity, cooperation, courage, patience, and resourcefulness are virtues forced on mountaineers by the mountains, since these virtues help ensure survival of ourselves and our friends. And it’s these same virtues that drive Protect Our Winters and attract us all to the organization in turn.”
For more information, check out Advanced Shelter’s website.