RICHMOND, Calif. (June 11, 2008) – Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leading mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing company, has responded to the plea for aid from the US – China Business Council and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to support the earthquake relief efforts in the impacted Sichuan province of China. Mountain Hardwear has donated 628 two-person and three-person tents which were shipped from the USA to China arriving on Monday, June 2nd. Shipping was arranged and paid for by the UPS Foundation, which air freighted a total 125,216 pounds of donated supplies.“We feel a strong need to help the Chinese people whom we have relied upon for production over the years as we’ve developed our business. Shelter is one of the most basic needs for life and we are relieved that we can help out in any way” said Mike Wallenfels, President of Mountain Hardwear. About Mountain Hardwear:Mountain Hardwear makes cutting-edge mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories for the most extreme conditions. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, Calif. The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception, reflecting the company’s commitment and passion toward innovation. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. For more information about Mountain Hardwear, visit the company’s Internet home page at www.mountainhardwear.com.