Brand ambassador, Deri Llewellyn-Davies, takes on Everest
There aren’t many entrepreneurial men who spend their days in a pinstripe suit and their spare time climbing the world’s highest summits – all while using their business to do good. Deri Llewellyn-Davies has been a committed adventurer for the past ten years. Having climbed five of the world’s highest seven mountains, completed the infamous Marathon des sables across the desert and the Epic Ironman, he also happens to be a best-selling author of Life’s Great Adventure and winner of the 2013 Global Angel Award for putting his compassion into action, volunteering his time, energy, skills and money to do good.
Working with passion and purpose
Deri’s mission to take on Everest was part of a dream and ten years of planning to achieve. His goal was both a personal challenge and a social one: aiming to help the Sherpa community which in 2014 suffered a tragic loss of 18 men. With Neal Laughton leading the team, they attempted to set the world-record for the highest-altitude black-tie dinner party, raising funds to support Community Action Nepal.
We were delighted when Deri agreed to field test our everyday sweaters, beanies, gloves and socks in one of the world’s most challenging environments – Mount Everest.
"It was incredibly soft and warm and a great luxury at base camp. It was also remarkably lightweight to wear." – Deri Llewellyn-Davies
While taking on Everest, the team was caught in the midst of Nepal’s recent deadly earthquake. “Man plans, God laughs,” says Deri. One can prepare as well as one can but nature will have the final say on the outcome. Listen to his amazing and humble account of how he survived this epic natural disaster.
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Slideshow photos of Everest climb by Jon Maguire. © Tengri Ltd.