Alpinist and certified mountain guide who has completed several notable new routes in the Alps and Himalayas.
Veyrier, near Geneva, Switzerland
BEST GLOVE TIP
The fingers should be able to move freely without losing energy to the glove. And the glove should be able to complete fine motor movements, while still being durable.
“It’s about finding the balance”
The Swiss mountain guide Stéphane Schaffter has a big passion, finding new routes up mountains all over the world. Stéphane began his climbing career as a 16-year-old when he climbed the legendary Bonatti pillar in Chamonix. Since then he has pioneered many high-profile new routes in the Alps and the Himalayas.
His latest adventure was done together with friends Little Karim Balti and Apa Sherpa, two of the most distinguished Himalayan Sherpas. Last winter the trio was the first to climb Mt. Antoine LeCoultre on the border between Tibet and Nepal.
The desire to find new ways to fits us at Hestra. We strive to continually improve and develop our gloves and we do so in close collaboration with professionals. We met Stéphane back in the 1990s. When we wanted to develop a new collection of gloves - Mountaineering - it was natural that we turned to him. After a long development and test phase, the gloves went with him for the winter expedition to Mt. Antoine LeCoultre. Stéphane was pleased when he returned. “When the Hestra design team and I began developing the new collection, we had three goals,” says Stéphane. “We wanted to improve the feel and grip in the palm of the hand, compared with other climbing gloves”.
We were looking for a good balance between warm and highly functional materials. And we wanted to ensure that the hand could move smoothly, without losing energy from an overly rigid glove. “Both in base camp and on the mountain, I felt that we had been very successful.”