The beauty of natural and wild landscapes, the care and attention for our planet and the need to document every single change. These are the reasons that push Klaus Thymann, environmental explorer, to travel and analyse the effects of climate change on the environment around us. In collaboration with Parajumpers, he embarks on a new mission in Ecuador to study the melting of glaciers, equipped with the most performing pieces of the Spring-Summer 2022 collection.
The country is home to a multitude of volcanoes, but the main protagonist of this journey is Cotopaxi: the second highest and most active volcano in Ecuador. Considered by the inhabitants of those lands as the place where the gods live, and honored as the rain sender, it is an important water resource for the capital Quito and for the entire country. Its water, in fact, becomes a river that crosses the grasslands below and then flows into the Amazon River.
There is a deep connection between the local population and the volcano. “In front of natural elements such as mountains and glaciers, one has the perception that they are eternal and constant over time,” says Klaus. "But volcanoes are by their very nature dynamic and constantly evolving, and so is the ice that covers the top."
The majestic Cotopaxi is not only an ambitious peak to admire, but it is also a strong and clear signal of global warming and how this is affecting the life of Ecuadorians. To immerse himself in the primordial energy of this land, Klaus undertakes a journey on foot, fully experiencing the difficulties of the different ecosystems that characterize the route from the city of Quito to the summit of Cotopaxi.

"Climate emergency is here: it is not something that will happen in the future. Environmental disasters are already happening, we can no longer afford to stand still and watch," says Klaus. “Fortunately, there are still many untouched places and intact ecosystems, but action is needed. Action requires awareness and knowledge.”

Just outside the city, he immerses himself into the rainforest, where high waterfalls become rivers that flow through the land. Here the temperatures are very high, and the humidity is dense due to frequent rainfall. For this first stage, Klaus combines only the Jim jacket, Rip-Shell, with t-shirt and shorts, which allows him to concentrate on his mission, without being distracted by these difficult conditions.
Hiking through different ecosystems requires outerwear that is versatile and can adapt to the different temperatures. The Sigmund shorts are fresh and hard-wearing, making them the ideal choice for this expedition. Crafted in high density cotton poplin, these shorts are equipped with plenty of pockets, for all the gear needed on this journey.
Protected from wind and temperature variability with the Pro Light jacket, Klaus' journey to the summit continues. Beyond the rainforest, you can see vast grasslands. Here, the view opens onto the highest volcano in the country: the Chimborazo. Klaus can’t help but stop to compare an image of the volcano from 1974 with the current reality, and the comparison is shocking.
“When you reach the top of Cotopaxi you immerse yourself in a new ecosystem and along the way you see how everything is changing around you. But the complete view is only available at the top. From here, you can see Quito in the distance, and you can really feel how everything is connected. Only now do we realize how we are linked to nature and to each other."
The Polaris puffer is perfect for colder temperatures, like those close to the summit of Cotopaxi. The polyester waste fibres filling is for extreme warmth, while the down proof, internally coated nylon ripstop offers protection from the wind. The bright colours are made to stand out in this white icy landscape.
What this journey has taught Klaus, as well as us, is that the elements of our planet are not only the background to our daily life but are an active part of our lives. Every little action today affects our tomorrow, our future. Now is the time to act.