AURA stands for thirty years of experience that we have accumulated by accompanying some of the biggest names of global mountaineering and polar expeditions. Our brand is a result of a cooperation with such names as Wanda Rutkiewicz, Anna Czerwińska, Leszek Cichy or Wojtek Kurtyka. Today, extreme expeditions are still an important source of experience that allows us to perfect our products, but also, we like to establish cooperation with people who express their love for the outdoor in a different way.
BECAUSE OUTDOOR IS FOR EVERYONE
What we value the most in a sponsorship cooperation is the love for outdoor activities and the ability to talk about it with passion. We believe that the outdoor is for everyone and we try our best to create products that allow you to be closer to nature. That is why we focus on looking for partners who help us develop our offer and discuss the beauty of various outdoor activities.
The expedition to Nanda Devi East was intended to commemorate the 80th anniversary of its peak being reached. With this great Polish endeavour of 1939 we have opened a beautiful page in the history of Polish Himalayan mountaineering. The expedition manager Jarek Gawrysiak invited us to participate in this project - a man with whom we had the opportunity to partner through the UKA (Jarek also helped us develop a new series of expeditionary equipment and tests of our current range of products). The whole expedition team was equipped with our technical X1 jackets, which Jarek had tested a year ago.
THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRONISŁAW PIŁSUDSKI
Danuta Onyszkiewicz embarked on a nearly two-year long journey that followed the footsteps of Bronisław Piłsudski, who, at just the age of just 21, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in the Far East of Russia for an attempted assassination of the Russian Tsar Alexander III. While on exile the young convict with no perspectives, became the king of Aju, a defender of the indigenous inhabitants of the far east of Russia and northern Japan, and a pioneer of social sciences. The history of this forgotten Polish anthropologist and the journey around the world brought our attention. It was also an opportunity to test our equipment in various conditions.
Wojtek Buczek and Max Zieliński have embarked on a four hundred kilometer long route that stretched from Marrakech to Tata through the Atlas Mountains and the Toubkal peak. It was a trip with a basic goal of experiencing the journey to its fullest and this idea realy excited us. On their way, Wojtek and Max were focused on seeing new places and meeting people. They brought an amazing collection of photos from their trip, through which their curiosity is perfectly visible.
Part of our cooperation with the UKA is devoted to support expeditions organized by their club members. We had the opportunity to accompany Marek Kwapisz, Paulina Podlasińska, Mateusz Bilski and Daria Michalczyk during their trip to Spitsbergen.
THE CROWN OF EUROPE
We often say that the outdoor is for everyone. We sincerely believe so, which is why we happily started our cooperation with Weronika Przychodzień. After being diagnosed with cancer, Weronika continued to live her life to the fullest since that was the most important thing and nothing was going to change that. Together with the Rak'n'Roll Foundation she is going to attempt to reach all 10 peaks of the Crown of Europe and thus raise money for the foundation. We made sure that Weronica stays warm during her travels.
Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world. It is located right next to Mount Everest, with which it shares a large part of the slope that leads to the top. For Sylwia Bajek it was the first mountain over 8,000 meters high, but not the first peak to be reached in the Himalayas. We had the opportunity to accompany her in her expedition for the fourth time and each time Sylwia is full of openness to people and a genuine love for mountains.
JOHN MUIT TRAIL
Justyna and Eric have traveled the John Muir Trail, which stretches from Mt Whitney to the Yosemite Valley. The trail is over 350 km long and runs through several peaks and mountain passes. The girls won our hearts with an unusual understanding of nature and the need to commune with it.
The beauty of the mountains is also their strength that cannot be tamed. Part of the art of communing with nature is the ability to understand it. Sylwia Bajek faced the highest peak in the world. Unfortunately, she had to give up on the last episode. She reached 8800 meters a.s.l. (Hillare's degree).
Pictures of Paulina Wierzgacz delighted us with their rawness and how they captured man and wild nature. Paulina invited us to participate in a photographic journey around Iceland, an island of mystical landscapes and breathtaking nature.
The Greenland Ice Trip is another extreme winter cycling endeavour of Kuba Rybicki and Paweł Wichr. In March and April 2016, they became the first Poles, to beat the Arctic Circle Trail on a bike in winter conditions. The trail stretches between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. We already knew Kuba and Paweł from an earlier bicycle trip through Baikal and we were sure that we wanted to work with them again. They have an extraordinary ability to spread their passion for traveling through the wilderness.
Denali is the highest peak in North America located in Alaska. Everyone who plans to reach the crown of the earth must face this peak. This was the second summit, with which we accompanied Sylwia Bajek. Sylwia again proved that the place of women is way up there!
Elbrus is the highest peak of the Caucasus. It is also the highest mountain in Europe and one of the peaks that make up the crown of the earth. One of the reasons why we decided to cooperate were the extraordinary photos of Maciej Maciejowski.
When Sylwia Bajek started her adventure with mountaineering, she had no sponsors to support her, but her confidence in success left us without a doubt that we should get involved in supporting a woman with such determination. Island Peak was the first step on her way to Mount Everest. There she began her adventure with the highest mountains and we are happy that we could accompany her during that time.
Exploring new places is one of the more fascinating experiences in the outdoors. Reaching a place that has never been explored, a place with no name. Tomek Klimczak, Maciej Janczar, Maciej Bedrejczuk and Marcin Wernik decided to go to the Lachit Valley in Karakorum in Pakistan. No one has ever been able to obtain permission to operate in this area because of the complicated political situation there - the peaks are located on the border between Pakistan and India. During their trip, they managed to establish a route to a previously unconquered peak with a height of 5809 meters a.s.l. and to pave a new route to the ridge of another unconquered peak at an altitude of 6010 meters a.s.l.
Namibia is an absolutely beautiful place, full of wild nature, huge spaces and a sky full of stars. It is one of those places where you can still experience nature that remains untouched by man. The 'Kluczki.pl' team traveled 6500 km through the wilderness of Namibia equipped with our sleeping bags and clothes.
Marcin Rutkowski, Wojciech Ryczer and Rafał Zając conquered the maiden six-thousand meter high peak in the Chinese province of Sichuan, where the team paved an approx. 1600-meter route to Hard Camping. Their passage is the quintessence of classic exploratory mountaineering. A large wall, a virgin peak and a beautiful but demanding route that was climbed in a 4-day long sprint.
Fjords are the mecca of every outdoor enthusiast. Beautiful landscapes, harsh weather conditions and an unlimited possibility of communing with nature. The Scandinavian outdoor culture has always been very appealing to us. The amazing photos of Sławek Skrzeczyński convinced us to cooperate with him.
It is a five-thousand meter high mountain located in Georgia. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for people who want to start their adventure with high mountains. We decided to reach its peak with Grzegorz Kapias.
We had the opportunity to partner up with two phenomenal forographers: Karol Nienartowicz and Paweł Cyrulik. Our target was Liskamm. It is a peak located in the Pennine Alps with a height of 4527 meters a.s.l. It is located on the border between Italy and Switzerland.
The purpose of the trip was the Norwegian Hardnagervidda National Park. It is the largest plateau in Europe. During winter it becomes deserted and harsh. Members of the expedition Maciej Żyto, Marcin Klisz and Michał Jasieński covered 250 km by pulling their equipment in pulleys. It was a great opportunity for us to see how our equipment behaves in polar conditions.
Krzysztof Czajka, Szymon Orfin and Wojciech Rytel work in the film industry on an everyday basis. With our help they set off to explore Kyrgyzstan in order to find interesting places for skiing and snowboarding.
There are people in this world who just like the cold outdoor. Jakub Rybicki and Paweł Wicher decided to ride over 900 km on bicycles on the frozen Lake Baikal. In winter, temperatures in the Irkutsk region fall during the day below -20C and at night below -30C. But the way Kuba and Paweł talk about this expedition, with the help of some amazing photos from the trip, they prove that there is a lot of beauty in frosty and deserted Siberia.
The expeditions goal was to go through the frozen fjords to the Torell Land located between the Van Keulen and Hornsund fjords in Spitsbergen. Michał Jasieński, Szymon Jasieński, Michał Jastrzębski and Marcin Klisz started traverse from the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen and headed for the Van Mijen and Van Keulen fjords.
The purpose of the expedition, was to attempt an ascent of a Polish team to the two highest peaks of Siberia and Altai during wintertime - Eastern Belukha (4506 meters a.s.l.) and Western Biełucha (4434 meters a.s.l.). This time the expedition failed, but another one is already being planned.