Any journey begins with the first step. At the Dynafit event "metres of ascent for the snow leopard" however, every single subsequent step is rewarded. A total of 86 people turned up for the 12-hour event, and collected a total of 184,500 metres of ascent – Dynafit will donate one cent to the Snow Leopard Trust for each metre of ascent.
In association with three partners, we held three unique ski touring races. The overall performance after all three races was used to award the Snow Leopard Trophy. It was an unforgettable ski touring experience for all participants, and the entry fees were used to actively support the snow leopard.
Further financial aid was provided by DYNAFIT with the online auction of a pair of exclusive skis, the net proceeds of which (1100 euros) will be put towards financing a long-term study in southern Mongolia: since 2008, a team has been operating directly “on the roof of the world” in order to gather, with the help of video-traps and GPS collars, as much information as possible on the life of the snow leopard. Throughout the last year, the SLT team has thus been able to identify ten specimens and to observe their movements and the area they live in. The data collected will make it possible to protect the animals by adopting properly targeted methods, the efficacy
During winter 2008 we took our support for the Snow Leopard Trust up a notch, by making not just a donation, but also a top-quality purchase: DYNAFIT bought 500 hand-crafted pendants featuring the snow leopard, using these jewelry items as prizes and gifts and thus drawing attention to the Trust. The proceeds went to the families of local farmers, thus giving a small yet significant boost to their modest income. Thanks to the improvement in their living conditions, the local people are beginning to see the snow leopard in a new light and are less inclined to hunt it for food or to take revenge on the animal for killing their cattle. These and other projects are financed through workshops and other activities organized by the SLT, which works directly in the area to come up with balanced solutions able to encourage peaceful co-existence between the snow leopards and the farmers’ families (e.g. through forms of compensation for damages).
Considering that the right equipment is essential for ensuring top performance in the mountains, in 2007 we supplied the gamekeepers of the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) with 20 DYNAFIT Softshell jackets, which offer outstanding freedom of movement and comfort. Hard wearing and extremely breathable, these jackets offer reliable protection in adverse weather conditions, and are ideal for venturing into the areas where the snow leopard lives.