SCARPA North America this week named Mystery Mountain Enterprises, and principal Michael Down, as its 2012 Sales Rep of the Year for racking up several consecutive seasons of sales and bookings growth in Western Canada.

Michael is a stalwart brand advocate for us in a key territory for Scarpa, and hes definitely earned this award both through results in 2012, and his many years of history with the brand, said Mark Mathews, SCARPA North America director of sales. We have a lot of respect for Michaels relationship with the players in his territory as well as his knowledge of the products, and hes also just a pleasure to work with.

SCARPAs Sales Rep of the Year award is based on a number of criteria, including sales performance current year versus previous year, pre-season booking performance, agency structure and engagement with the in-house team at SCARPA.

Down, a self-described lucky guy because he gets to be a professional outdoor gear freak, has a long climbing resume. Hes scaled the highest summits on each of the seven continents, a testament to his ability in the mountains. But, in describing himself, Down is distinctly more understated: After all these years I still have no particular climbing prowess, but Im in love as much as ever with going for an adventure in the beauty and power of the high places …

Mystery Mountain Sales is headquartered just south of Vancouver, B.C., and other companies it represents include Big Agnes, Nikwax and Wigwam, among others.