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Kora Adventurers

Our team of adventurers play a vital role. These explorers, athletes and expedition leaders test our gear in the wild, helping us perfect our fabrics and garment designs.

 
Jeff Fuchs

Jeff Fuchs - Himalayan Explorer

Jeff has spent the past decade in Asia, writing about indigenous mountain cultures, recording oral histories and developing an obsessive interest in tea.

He is the first westerner to travel the entire 6,000km length of the ancient Tea Horse Road from south-west China to the Himalayan Plateau.

Jeff tested early prototypes of our ShoLa base layers while trekking in the Himalayas alongside Kora's founder Michael Kleinwort.

In 2015 he was voted one of ‘Canada's Greatest Explorers' by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Roland Primus

Roland Primus

Roland started skiing at age three, and mountaineering at just 11.

He grew up to become a World Cup rider for Burton Snowboards and found Europe's oldest snowboard school. He also set up the Swiss Alpine and Freestyle Snowboard teams, the Snowboard School and Teacher association and the Skischool NOVA in Lenzerheide.

Under his leadership, the Swiss snowboard team gained seven world champion titles between 1991 and 2007. He's also an award-winning aerobatic pilot and counts camping, windsurfing, surfing, fishing and trekking among his hobbies. A true mountain soul.

Mansel Kersey

Mansel Kersey- Explorer

Mansel has climbed mountains and kayaked big rivers around the world, while working abroad as an IT consultant.

His next challenge is the Snow Leopard Award, which involves climbing all five peaks above 7000 metres in the former Soviet Union.

Most weekends he can be found exploring the magnificent countryside on his doorstep in Wales: the Gower Peninsula, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire.

Scott Wolfe

Scott Wolfe - Ultrarunner

Scott is a year-round mountain athlete, based in the outdoor mecca of Bend, Oregon.

A top competitor in ultra running events, he has run some of the best trail routes in the United States, including the Western States 100, a 100 mile race from Squaw Valley to Auburn in California.

When he isn't running he loves skiing, endurance mountain biking and fat bike racing.

Chantelle Robitaille

Chantelle Robitaille - Ultrarunner

Chantelle lives in the Swiss Alps, where she spends her spare time running, cycling, climbing and hiking in the mountains.

Born and raised in the wilds of Northern Canada, she learned at an early age that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

She discovered a passion for running as a way to burn stress while she was a student and over time kept trying new challenges, which eventually lead her to adventure racing and ultra trail running.

Pierre Darbellay

Pierre Darbellay - Mountain Guide

Born in the Swiss Alps, Pierre started mountaineering with his father as a child.

He is now a professional mountain guide, guide teacher and climber, with a particular interest in climbing ice and mixed terrain.

Climbing has taken him around the world: to the Alps, Canada, Norway, Alaska and Patagonia. Now he lives not far from Chamonix, his climbing playground.

Bas Pot

Bas Pot - Expedition Film Maker

After honing his skills as a mountain bike adventure guide, Bas has spent the past 25 years keeping TV and film crews safe in remote locations.

As Adventure Director at Four Corners, he spends his days answering questions like: do you know a reliable fixer in Burkina Faso? How do you put a camera man safely on that cliff edge? Which rocks are going to explode in that fire pit?

When he's not fixing problems, balancing budgets or managing logistics, he enjoys life at home in the French Pyrenees.

Jia Condon

Jia Condon - Mountain Guide, Climber and Photographer

Jia is a head guide at Bella Coola Heli Sports in British Columbia, Canada.

He is a qualified mountain guide, skilled in mountain safety and search and rescue, and has worked on many movies as a safety and rigging expert.

He is also a talented photographer and has a passion for climbing, which has taken him as far afield as Greenland and Antarctica.

His motto is 'play hard and safe'.

Jamie Bunchuck

Jamie Bunchuck - Explorer

Jamie is an explorer, equestrian long rider and an editor of Sidetracked magazine.

His adventures have included living with Kirghiz hunters in Tajikistan, running 100 miles across the Red Sands Desert in Uzbekistan, packrafting down the Khovd River in Mongolia and a 750 mile, 63-day-long, horse ride from Ust-Kamenogorsk to Almaty.

He also led the first expedition to cross the ‘Steppe of Misfortune' in Kazakhstan, as well as running 190 miles in eight days in the same the region.