July 2013 News


Portland, Oregon - July 19, 2013 - Leatherman® and LED LENSER® USA are supporting their mission to prepare people for the expected and unexpected by providing gear to leaders at the yearly NOLS® summit in May 2013 in Lander, Wyoming, and to instructors and scholarship students at the Northwest Outward Bound School in local Troutdale, Oregon.

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc., parent company to Leatherman multi-tools and LED LENSER lights, has been equipping professionals in the backcountry for the expected and unexpected for 30 years. The opportunity to donate 100 H7 headlamps to the NOLS instructors was the perfect match for the company's mission. "These instructors are the best at what they do and they deserve the best equipment," said LED LENSER Channel Manager Kevin Gleason. "It's important that they can focus on the wilderness skills and environmental-stewardship education they're there for and not have to worry about their gear."

"We're excited to have Leatherman and LED LENSER support this annual NOLS event by donating such useful, practical gear," said Summit Coordinator, Lauren Crenshaw. "It is certainly an exciting gift to offer to folks that attend this year's Faculty Summit. This 3-day event focuses on professional development and brings together NOLS field and WMI instructors from all over the world."

Instructors at the Northwest Outward Bound School will also be receiving H7 headlamps, along with one of Leatherman's most popular lightweight multi-tools for backcountry travel, the Skeletool. In addition, Leatherman's best-selling Wave model is being donated for use in the school's emergency preparedness kits. The company is also providing headlamps to their Pinnacle Scholars, students from low-income families who, through the support of donors, have a life-changing Outward Bound experience.

"Northwest Outward Bound School Board of Directors is thrilled accept a generous donation of Leatherman tools and LED LENSER products for use in achieving our mission of building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility," stated Henry Morse Jr., Board Chair of the Northwest Outward Bound School. "Our instructors will carry the tools and headlamps into the wilderness on each course during the summer of 2013 when we plan to serve approximately 500 students."

About Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is the world's largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools (Leatherman) and LED lights (LED Lenser). With more than 100 million tools and lights sold and distribution in more than 86 countries, the Leatherman and LED Lenser traditions of preparing people for life's work and adventures with innovative, high-quality, products continues to endure. For more information contact Kitri McGuire, Public Relations Specialist, at kitri.mcguire@leatherman.com or visit www.leatherman.com, www.ledlenser.com, or find us on Facebook at /leathermanusa and /ledlenserusa.

About The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high-quality educational expeditions. NOLS provides an awe-inspiring, transformative experience that develops active, positive leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills to more than 10,000 students each year. A private nonprofit school, NOLS runs 10-day to school-year-length courses on four continents. NOLS students, ages 14 to over 70, explore the most remote wilderness in the Rocky Mountains, Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Patagonia (Chile), India, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Baffin Island have to offer. College credit and scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.nols.edu.

About Northwest Outward Bound School

With almost 50 years of innovation in experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Outward Bound School continues to change lives through challenge and discovery on transformative wilderness educational courses in some of the most dramatically stunning parts of the United States. Whether a student discovers a leadership style, physical fortitude, a love of whitewater, options for the future, the majesty of the outdoors, or compassion for their teammates, these discoveries change his or herself, the community, and the world. For more information, visit www.nwobs.org.