For better or worse, smartphones, digital photography, and social media have changed the way we remember our lives. Think about the last time you’ve visited somewhere new: Were you seeing that place through your own eyes or from behind a phone screen or camera lens? We’ve certainly been guilty of the latter.
What we’ve come to realize is that when we come home, all that’s left for us is a memory card or hundreds (let’s be real, thousands) of photos and videos flooding our phone’s camera roll… So, leading up to our journey to Nepal, (learn more here
) we made a conscious decision that this trip would be different. We wouldn’t get lost in the scramble of trying to catch every moment. (We left that up to our friends at Louder Than 11 [LT11], the media production company that documented the experience.) Because if that’s how we went about this trip, we wouldn’t have accomplished what we came to do in Nepal: make a lasting impact on Mountain Hardwear.
While we hoped that most of what we’d be bringing back would only be shareable relationally—things like personal transformation, connections with each other, and learnings from the mountains that inspire our brand—we felt that tangible mementos would give the Mountain Hardwear office a stronger presence that everyone could feel, helping remind us of those intangibles long after our teams have returned home.
So, for those of you on the outside of our four walls, welcome to our Everest expedition exhibit…