PRESS RELEASE: Special Edition TShirt Created to Benefit Kismet

Outdoor Equipment Manufacturers and Retailers Team Up to Create Limited Edition T-Shirts
100% of proceeds will benefit Kismet Rock Foundation, a rock climbing educational program for New England youth.

North Conway, NH, July 2007: Polartec LLC, of Lawrence, MA and Ragged Mountain Equipment, of Intervale, NH teamed up recently to create unique t-shirts, the proceeds of which will benefit Kismet Rock Foundation, a New Hampshire rock climbing educational program.
“We have observed Kismet’s unique programs for many years, and it is apparent they are changing children’s lives by offering an opportunity they might not have had otherwise,” says Ruthann Brown of Polartec. “This is our way of supporting their efforts”.
The limited edition t-shirts are made from a variety of Polartec fabrics and colors, cut for women and men, and can be bought for $20 each at retailers including International Mountain Equipment, Ragged Mountain Equipment and Wild Things, all of whom have donated shelf space for the special project. The fabric, stitching, embroidery and hang tags were also donated, so 100% of proceeds will go to Kismet rock climbing education programs.
“We are thrilled about this unique project,” says Janet Bergman, Kismet Development Coordinator. “Polartec and Ragged Mountain Equipment have been so generous in arranging for the t-shirts to be made and distributed. Plus International Mountain Equipment and Wild Things are donating shelf space, making this a true community effort.”
Kismet Rock Foundation summer programming starts this coming Monday, July 23, in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Kismet Rock Foundation, founded in 1999, enhances the physical, intellectual and emotional development of well-functioning but economically disadvantaged children by providing access to the immense value of a comprehensive and multi-dimensional education in technical rock climbing. Kismet students travel from Boston, MA, Manchester, NH and Bartlett NH for unique one week educational programs. The summer program session starts July 23. Find them online at
Polartec, LLC is the creator of Polartec fabrics the most advanced performance textiles available today. Polartec started as the original synthetic fleece and now offers a collection of over 300 different fabrics designed to keep you warm, dry, and most importantly, comfortable in a variety of outdoor activities. Polartec fabrics range from extremely lightweight base layer fabrics for long underwear and t-shirts to water repellent soft shells to flame resistant fabrics for the military.
Ragged Mountain Equipment, makers of quality outdoor clothing and equipment since 1978, is still going strong up in Intervale, New Hampshire. We manufacture quality handcrafted technical outdoor clothing, outdoor accessories and outdoor clothing and equipment, as well as operate a full retail shop filled with camping and climbing equipment, telemark skis, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, alpine and mountaineering equipment, and lots of other outdoor eqipment, clothing and gear you’ll need for your next adventure. Outdoor clothing and technical outdoor equipment With Ragged Mountain labels are still handcrafted in our shop in Intervale, NH.

The Kismet TShirt Project Supporters. From Left to Right: Titoune Meunier (Wild Things), Rob Nadler (behind, Ragged Mountain Equipment), Janet Bergman (Kismet), Michael Jewell (Kismet), Ruthann Brown (Polartec, LLC), Heidi Lewis (Kismet) and Alec Behr (International Mountain Equipment):