Kit DesLauriers is the kind of person we all wish we could be. After a successful career as a competitive freeskier—she won back-to-back world titles in 2004 and 2005 after only two years of competition—Kit turned her attention to the seven summits. Now she’s become the inspiration behind The North Face’s Seven Summits Collection.
While competing in the world freeskiing circuit, Kit got the idea of completing a seven summits adventure. The seven summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. For most, achieving the seven summits means climbing each of these peaks, something first done in 1985 by Richard Bass. For Kit, however, the seven summits challenge involved not only climbing each of the peaks, but also skiing down them. In 2006, Kit accomplished her vision, becoming the first person to ski from the peak of each of the seven summits—Mount Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson, and Carstensz Pyramid. In 2015, National Geographic named her the Adventurer of the Year. Now, in 2019, The North Face is releasing a collection that celebrates both the Seven Summits and Kit’s accomplishment.
The collection focuses on alpine aesthetics and then adds in extra detailing with interchangeable patches that represent each of the world’s highest peaks. Seven Summits includes versions of the Himalayan Parka, a limited edition ’95 Denali fleece, an Explore Haulaback Backpack, and a bright yellow and black 7SE Bootie. The collection also includes a high-fill-power down jacket and pants as well as water-resistant boots. Each piece has a streetwear cut but still maintains its mountaineering technical specs, which means using GORE-TEX’s Infinium fabric as well as premium down fill and technical fleece fabric. You can also pick up a classic printed tee as part of the collection.
The collection is available in select in-store locations like New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Anchorage.