The Štremfeljs hardly need introduction in Slovenia, nor to mountaineering enthusiasts around the world. Nevertheless we briefly list the major achievements of Andrej and Marija; at Alles Mooi we are proud that they have tested, proven and converted to our mohair socks.
In 1979 Andrej made the first ascent of the West Ridge Direct on Everest (8848 m).
Mount Everest attracts many climbers. There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal (standard route) and the other from the north in Tibet.
Climb lighter. One pair of mohair socks is all you need for a week of climbing. Mohair is naturally anti-microbial, resisting odours and keeping feet and socks fresh for days.
In 1990 Andrej and Marija became the first married couple to stand together on the summit of Everest. Their ascent was on the Normal route. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as, weather, altitude sickness and wind, as well as significant hazards from avalanches. Over 300 people have died on Everest and many of their bodies remain on the mountain.
No sweaty feet. The capillary nature of mohair carries moisture along the vein of the fibre and out through the pores, absorbing and wicking perspiration away from the foot.
In 1991 Andrej together with Nejc Zaplotnik completed an alpine style ascent of the South Ridge of Kangchenjunga to the South summit (8476 m). This climb awarded them with the first ever Piolet d’Or.
Kangchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain in the world in a section of the Himalayas, and lies between Nepal and Sikkim. Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1849 concluded that Mount Everest was the highest. Following further verification it was officially announced in 1856 that Kangchenjunga was the third highest mountain in the world.
No blisters. The smooth cuticle structure of the mohair fibre gives a smooth surface which reduces chaffing.
In 2009, the first Lifetime Achievement Piolet d’Or was awarded to Walter Bonatti. His style of mountaineering perfectly reflected the spirit of thePiolets d’Or. He became a sort of godfather to those who would receive this award after him. In honour of the man and his spirit, it has been renamed the “Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement, Walter Bonatti Award”.
In 2018 Andrej Štremfelj received the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement award. 1 mountaineer is awarded each year (since 2009).
The Šremfeljs have been mountain guides since 1982. (IFMGA licensed since 1997). After only 10 minutes of meeting with Andrej and Marija it felt like we had known them for years. That speaks volumes about their humility. They spend much of their time above the clouds yet you could never hope to meet a couple more down to earth than the Šremfeljs. When embarking on an adventure make it a complete experience; meaning choosing a mountain guide with the highest competences and experience; and the passion to share their rich experiences openly.
5x Cleaner. Germ fighting. The smooth fibre structure of mohair prevents the buildup of bacteria, and together with the natural wick-ability, allows your feet to breathe and socks to remain fresh for days without washing
Outdoor adventuring enthusiasts visiting Slovenia in the summer months should consider climbing Triglav (2864 m), the highest peak in the Julian Alps and the highest mountain in Slovenia. Triglav was also the highest peak in Yugoslavia before Slovenia’s independence in 1991. The mountain is the pre-eminent symbol of the Slovene nation. Slovenes say that only Slovene citizens who have climbed Triglav can truly call themselves Slovene. In 2008 I was privileged to join Jeff Vestal of the American Military Attache to Slovenia on this climb.
Triglav mountain is the centrepiece of Triglav National Park (Slovenia’s only national park).
Lasts 5x longer. Mohair is the most durable animal fibre because it is pliable rather than solid and can be bent and twisted without damage.