The organizations below have fantastic products that are well worth your money. They contribute positively to supporting adventure, education, and sustainability. Please, check them out! Aligning with companies and organizations that support the mission of the Western Hemisphere Project is an essential element. This adventure would not be able to happen without them. Thank you!
Goal Zero was built on the vision of empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty by putting reliable power in their hands, “based on a mantra Zero Apathy, Zero Boundaries, and Zero Regrets.” The company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and products to those in need, giving them power and light. Goal Zero is powering the Western Hemisphere Project with their donation of the Sherpa 100 Solar Kit. Alexia and Alvin will both be using Goal Zero products to stay connected on the road.
“Doing our part to inform and equip folks with what’s needed in order to have a good time on a bicycle. And enjoy nature. Located in Nebraska.” Much thanks to Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour for donating labor and some hard-goods, Alvin’s Surly Troll was customized for the rough roads on the long journey. Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour’s continued support, sending parts when needed has been a huge help!
Whether it’s a matter of taking a stroll through town or going off on a bike tour around the world, bike bags and backpacks by ORTLIEB are ideal for those who want to venture outdoors no matter what the weather. Waterproof, built to last, multifunctional and produced according to principles of sustainability, their bike bags and backpacks stand for adventure and responsibility. With equipment by ORTLIEB, the world is your home. Thanks to Ortlieb, Alvin and Alexia are both touring in style with bags that keep their gear safe and dry.
It is our great honor to experience and enjoy the richness of nature, finding that when we experience the natural world we find happiness and a sense of fulfillment. Snow Peak’s journey began in Japan in 1958, when founder Yukio Yamai, created his own line of superior gear out of the dissatisfaction with available products. It is this birth place and their founders’ heritage that they look to whenever sitting down to create the next piece of outdoor equipment. Today Snow Peak strives to create products that inspire people to enjoy the outdoors. They seek harmony between people and nature, and manufacture with the highest quality standards that live on for generations.” The WHP team’s kitchen is full of lightweight titanium Snow Peak gear from bowels to coffee mugs, cook kit to french press.
With a mission to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis,” Patagonia has been WHP members go-to product for decades. A big shout out to Patagonia Seattle, Patagonia Portland, and Patagonia Ventura for donating some sweet new threads built to endure the two-year adventure.
Tanka bar’s mission is “To heal the people and our Mother Earth by building a company that innovates new food products based on the traditional values of Native American respect for all living things by living in balance with mind, body and spirit.” Alvin will Live Life Powerfully from these delicious and sustainable products during his bicycle ride. TANKA forever!
Adventure Cycling is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. They make excellent cycling maps, lead guided tours, provide resources, online communities, and have a membership program with some pretty rad perks. Alvin will be using Adventure Cycling maps for his section on the Pacific Coast route, from Canada to Mexico, and will enjoy sharing with and learning from this network.
Spokiz was invented on basic sustainability practices- if it’s broke fix it. This grass routes company makes “bombproof” eyewear for the avid outdoor adventurer who is tired of broken or lost glasses. Alvin will be wearing his beloved yellow Phatties during his journey. Spokiz also makes artistic masks for events like burning man and has recently partnered with hospitals to offer glasses for children who struggle wearing traditional glasses.
Frost River handcraft heritage waxed canvas packs, bags, luggage and accessories in Duluth, Minnesota, USA— softgoods that are generation-proof, reliable, and purpose-built for function to the standards of those who came before. Everything they make is built by hand in their workshopbat the headwaters of Lake Superior, and the doorstep to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Using old-world craftsmanship and the highest-quality raw materials like waxed canvas, premium leather and solid brass, they make quality, timeless gear you’ll use for years.
Rise Bar keeps it simple with five ingredients or less in their delicious, protein packed bars. They offer vegan and vegetarian options that are both non-GMO and soy-free! Made in California, this company is about more than product, it’s about a lifestyle.