Berghaus stalwart Jon Gale has retired after an association with the brand that goes back to its early days in the LD Mountain Centre. Jon Gale started working in the Newcastle store in 1973, around the time that Berghaus was making its first branded products.
He spent some years away from the brand, working as an instructor in an outdoor centre, before returning and going on to head up the training team. In recent years, Gale has been part of the marketing team, continuing to lead on training, and organising product days on the hill with retailers and media, and induction walks for new staff.
Richard Leedham, Berghaus brand president, commented: “For most of us Jon Gale personifies all things Berghaus and he has been an incredible asset and true brand advocate since he first joined the company. His product and general outdoor knowledge is second to none and he’s been sharing as much of that as possible with the rest of the team. I have known Jon ‘Danger’ Gale for almost 20 years and he has been an outstanding colleague and a good friend. Everyone at Berghaus is very grateful for the contribution that Jon has made to the business and we wish him a long and adventure filled retirement.”
In recent months, Jon Gale has been updating the Berghaus archive of products, catalogues and other marketing materials from the last five decades, in preparation for the brand’s 50th birthday next year.