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WILLISTON, VT (June 19, 2008) – Officials from Julbo, Inc. are pleased to announce the signing of new climbers, including: Colin Haley, Freddie Wilkinson, Althea Rogers, Ben Gilmore, Kevin Mahoney, Johnny Copp, Micah Dash, Heidi Wirtz and Emily Stifler, all world-class alpinists, to its athlete roster.

Julbo has been setting the industry standard in lens and frame technology since the company’s inception 120 years ago. These new athletes embody Julbo’s heritage in core mountaineering performance optics.

“Julbo is happy to be working with such a young and talented crew of athletes who are currently testing the boundaries of what’s possible in the mountains,” said Nick Yardley, Julbo’s U.S. president. “Above all, they are a great people whose company we enjoy. We are psyched that these athletes are looking at the world through Julbo glasses.”

  • Colin Haley, 23, from Seattle, Wash. Career highlights: First ascents on The Entropy Wall on Mt. Moffit, the first linkup of the Marsigny-Parkin, the West Face on Cerro Torre, and the first ascent of Patagonia’s Torre Traverse. “I’m stoked to join the team of Julbo athletes,” says Haley. “I honestly think Julbo makes the best sunglasses on the market.”

  • Althea Rogers, 23, from Bozeman, Montana. Career Highlights: First ascents in the mountains of Western Greenland and Alaska’s Absaroka Range.

  • Freddie Wilkinson from Connecticut. Career highlights: First ascents in Patagonia’s Cerro Poincinot, The Fin in Alaska and Mount Mahindra in the Indian Himalayas.

  • Emily Stifler, 27, from Montana. Career highlights: Freelance writer, climber and skier who spends winters as a ski patroller at Moonlight Basin. She is headed up to Alaska this year to explore new route possibilities on a group of granite domes near Bristol Bay.

  • Ben Gilmore, 36,from Sonoma, Calif. First ascents include: Moose’s Tooth in Arctic Range, The Fin Wall, and Mantok Group in All Talk Couloir.

  • Kevin Mahoney, 39, from New Hampshire. Career highlights: First ascents of Moose’s Tooth in the Arctic Range, Alaska, and in 2004 awarded the Golden Piton Award

  • Micah Dash from Yosemite, Calif. Career highlights: First ascents of the Regular Route on Half Dome and El Capitan’s Freerider, also Nalumasortoq in Greenland and the Eternal Flame on Nameless “Trango” Tower in Paksitan.

  • Johnny Copp, 32, from Boulder, Colorado. First ascents include: Shafat Fortress in Kashmir, India, South East Face of Cerro Mascara in Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia, and Mount Andrews in Alaska.

  • Heidi Wirtz, 36, from Colorado. Career highlight: First ascent of the S. Howser Minarette, has climbed many giant rock walls all over the world as “Air Voyage” in Black Canyon and “Qui Lombo” on San Rafael in Patagonia. Heidi has plans to climb in Europe, Tasmania and Greenland in the near future.

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