Meet the sponsors that were so integral to the Everest Education Expedition. Each has an unyielding dedication to educating the next generation of scientists and citizens. Without their generosity and vision this important scientific endeavor would not have been possible.


National Geographic Maps publishes the world's best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, interactive maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world. For more information, visit

National Geographic Maps donated maps for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


We are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. The North Face sponsors expeditions to some of the most far-flung, still largely untouched corners of the globe.

Several of the climbers on the Everest Education Expedition were affiliated with The North Face. The North Face provided equipment, funding and technical support during the expedition.


Trimble© provided state-of-the-art GPS surveying and mapping equipment in full support of the scientific work done on this expedition. In particular, we accurately remeasured the summit elevation of Mount Everest using the newest survey-grade equipment from Trimble. This work wasin collaboration with personnel in the U.S. from Trimble, Electronic Data Solutions, and Frontier Precision, Inc. In addition, Diana Cooksey, of the MSU GPS Lab in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) at Montana State University, was a major collaborator on all aspects of GPS-based research carried out for Everest.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to promote the development of science and technology capacity in the United States. Montana NSF EPSCoR was the primary funder for the Everest Education Expedition's education and outreach activities.


The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is the major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington family. Primary funding for the Foundation comes from the profits of The Washington Companies and personal contributions from the Washington Family. Since its inception, Foundation giving and the Washington Family's personal contributions and pledges to charitable causes total more than $120 million. The Foundation strives to better the human condition by supporting programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the quality of their lives and to benefit society as a whole.

This Foundation made a generous contribution to the Everest Education Expedition to purchase educational kits for teachers. The contribution more than doubled the number of schools and teachers throughout Montana who were able to participate in this project.

In-Kind Donations


Baladeo offers a complete range of handy accessories for the simple walks in your life: on foot or by bike, on horseback or roller-skates, in the city or in the heart of the countryside, in the mountains or on the beach, on a green or on a picnic in the middle of a field. Our light-weight accessories are both fun and practical: you will enjoy them as well as find them of great use just when you need them.

Baladeo contributed equipment to the climbing team as well as pocket microscopes and small magnifying loupes for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


Black Diamond began in 1957 with a backyard anvil and a hammer and has grown into a global company with offices on three continents—North America, Europe and Asia. Black Diamond offers high-quality climbing and skiing equipment for rock, ice and snow.

Black Diamond contributed climbing equipment to members of the Montana University System Everest Education Expedition for their safety and work on Mount Everest in support of the education & outreach and research components of the expedition.


Blue Water Ropes is a veteran-owned small business that traces its roots to a family-owned business that began manufacturing ropes and cordage in 1903. After six generations in textile manufacturing, BlueWater is the standard in quality and durability.

Blue Water Ropes provided ropes for the climbing team used during the ascent of Mount Everest.


Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is a Joint Commission certified, licensed Level III trauma center, located in Gallatin County. The 86-bed facility serves southwest Montana including Gallatin, Madison and Park Counties. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital has earned the reputation of providing high quality of services at very reasonable rates. The physicians on the medical staff represent numerous specialties along with the highest credentials, training, and expertise in their fields of practice.

Bozeman Deaconess donated pulse oximeters for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


Energizer Holdings is made up of 30 established consumer brands the world over, from Schick® and Wilkinson Sword® shaving systems to Banana Boat® sunscreens. The company has operations in 50 countries and distribution in more than 160 countries.

Energizer Holdings contributed hundreds of batteries so our Montana teachers could operate their GPS devices, weather stations and cameras.


Since 1923, the Estwing family and its employees have taken pride in designing and manufacturing the world’s the world’s most durable, comfortable and attractive tools, including rock hammers for geologists. All tools are manufactured to the highest possible standards.

Estwing donated rock hammers and chisels for the scientific work on Mount Everest, as well as safety goggles and rock hammers for the teaching kits distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


Established in 1888, The Geological Society of America provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Geological Society's growing membership unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet and share scientific findings.

GSA has donated geological supplies for teacher kits, including a geologic timescale and more.


Founded in 1997 to provide leadership opportunities and inspiration to students, the MSU Leadership Institute offers answers, resources, and connections for the future leaders of business, government and education. Acting as a catalyst to the awakening of students' natural leadership skills, communication abilities and creativity, the Institute empowers students to do more.

The Leadership Institute supported MSU student Travis Corthouts during his travels to Everest Base Camp, where he relayed science content and information about the journey for classrooms around Montana.


Monkey Business is a wholesale company in Bozeman, Montana that works with artisans around the world countries everything from carpets to jewelry and pottery to paper. They donate at least 1% of sales to nonprofit artisan groups.

Monkey Business donated prayer flags for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is the leader in wilderness education. Founded in 1965, NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. The backcountry provides the ideal setting for this unique, experiential education‹NOLS classrooms are some of the world¹s wildest and most awe-inspiring locations. We believe living in untouched places like our classrooms will teach students responsibility for all that surrounds us.

NOLS contributed climbing gear for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


Nonin Medical, the inventor of finger pulse oximetry, specializes in the design and manufacturing of noninvasive physiological monitoring solutions. Nonin distributes its pulse and regional oximeters, capnographs, sensors and software to healthcare professionals and consumers in more than 125 countries and has more than 100 OEM partners worldwide. countries and has more than 100 OEM partners worldwide.

Nonin Medical's GO2 Achieve Pulse Oximeter, which provides reliable oxygen saturation and pulse rate measurements for any environment, was donated for the teaching kits distributed to select classrooms across Montana.


Rite in the Rain is a patented, environmentally responsible, all-weather writing paper that sheds water and enables you to write anywhere, in any weather.

For this expedition, Rite in the Rain provided all-weather field notebooks to the climbers and geologists, and also for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


Wingscapes began with the simple idea that innovative technology can change the way people experience backyard nature. Through products such as the BirdCam and the TimlapseCam, Wingscapes is committed to innovative design, quality construction and customer satisfaction.

For this expedition, Wingscapes provided TimelapseCam 8.0s to the climbers who took them to Mount Everest, and also for the teaching kits that were distributed to selected classrooms across Montana.


The Carl Zeiss Group is an international leader in the fields of optics and optoelectronics that has contributed to technological progress all over the world for more than 160 years and enhances the quality of life of many people around the globe. With its innovative technologies and leading-edge solutions, Carl Zeiss is successful in the fields of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Metrology, Microscopy, Medical Technology, Vision Care and Consumer Optics/Optronics.

Zeiss provided binoculars for the scientific expedition to Everest.