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Mike Parsons


BMC Local Area Chair (Chair BMC Lakes )

Patterdale , Cumbria  
Group(s): Lakes Area, National Council
Mike Parsons



Worklife; outdoor gear, University part time lecturer for 10 yrs, subject Innovation. Author.  

Have been a gear manufacturer and designer all my life. Owner and Innovator at Karrimor until 1996. Founder of OMM lightweight gear (based on 2 day mtn Marathon/KIMM.  

Co-founder http://www.outdoorgearcoach.co.uk/

co -author of the only full account of the innovation of climbing and outdoor gear; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Invisible-Everest-Innovation-Gear-Makers/dp/0970414358 

CEO/part owner - Karrimor International 1966-96. Originator/designer/inventor of Karrimat, KSB's, Alpiniste pack series from Whillans to Haston et al. Jaguar, Hot Ice, Hot Earth were other all time classics.    

My activities have included; rock climbing, mountaineering, alpinism, MTB and road bike, ski nordic and alpine. Backpacking, Sea kayaking. Fell/mountain running. Locations, all 7 continents.

Cold trips, winter & cold trips to Hymalayas, Greenland, Spitzbergen, Antarctica, Alaska ( Denali Ascent) 

First ascent of 18 summits; East Greenland and Khirgistan.  

Club memberships. BMC. AC, ABMSAC , Kendal MC, Eagle Ski Club, 

chair BMC Lakes 2015-

chair George Starkey Hut Ltd (50/50 joint AC/ABMSAC. 



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