Stone Summit Team is proudly sponsored by Five Ten and Adidas. Both companies are leaders in the climbing industry and offer our team members discounts on climbing shoes and apparel.
Five Ten is a family-owned company that is dedicated to making the best outdoor sports footwear available. Five Ten was founded by Charles Cole in 1985. Cole had finished up his MBA from University of Michigan, and was hanging out in Yosemite, putting up spectacular first ascent aid routes—many times solo. After a slip while descending El Cap, he decided that climbers not only needed high-friction rubber on their climbing shoes, but on their walking shoes as well.
The name Kailas is derived from the name of the holy Tibetan mountain Kailash. Mt. Kailash rises out of the ground near the source of some of Asia’s longest rivers and is regarded as a sacred place by four religious. Every year religious pilgrims make the journey to Mt. Kailash, following the traditions of their ancestors dating back thousands of years. The rugged terrain, high altitude and harsh weather all contribute to the difficulties of pilgrimage, but those who choose to take it on remain undeterred. The will to complete this spiritual journey is beyond imagination. It is an undertaking that expresses humankind’s search for freedom, which is the philosophy and passion Kailas lives by.