Al Hinkes, who last year became the first Briton to climb all 14 of the world´s 8,000m peaks has parted company with his sponsor Berghaus. The split was amicable, their time together having ´run it´s course´ according to Al.Berghaus Brand President, Richard Cotter said „Alan´s contract expired at the end of last year and following a long association, both Berghaus and Alan have decided not to take up the option to renew for 2007, allowing Alan and ourselves the freedom to pursue other activities. Alan has formed a major part of Berghaus history and we were pleased to support him in completing Challenge 8000. This is an amicable arrangement and we wish Alan well for the future.“ Al is currently busy guiding, writing a book, and giving lectures. He can be reached via the speaker portfolio at Heason Events should anybody be interested in taking over from Berghaus.