Sherpa Adventure Gear was inspired by sheer chance in 2003. As Tashi Sherpa read the sad story of the many unsung Sherpa heroes like his uncle who live in total anonymity — and often utter poverty — in the shadow of the Everest, he felt a powerful urge to share the Sherpa story with a wider audience. So he created Sherpa Adventure Gear and began making outdoor clothing and gear. Then he started sponsoring the best high altitude climbers in the world to test their products - the Sherpas themselves. Sherpa Adventure Gear is also in the process of setting up additional non-profit partnerships to benefit the health, education, and welfare of underprivileged Sherpa children.