Tiso, Scotland's leading outdoors and equipment specialist store, is assisting Cathy Alldred, who works at the Tiso Ratho store, with an epic trip to the remote glaciers of East Greenland. Cathy, 40, of Edinburgh, decided on the notoriously tough climbing destination after hearing about the sheer granite peaks of Fox Jaw Cirque while chatting to explorer Craig Mathieson. Craig is Scotland’s first and only Explorer-in-Residence. He was awarded the title by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in October 2013. This was the first time in the Society’s 129-year history that any such title had been awarded.
The peaks, standing at more than 3,000 ft, of the Fox Jaw Cirque offer some of the most challenging climbing routes in the world. It is only the most experienced climbers that have what it takes to tackle the ascents.
During the six-week expedition, expedition team leader Cathy hopes to establish new routes on the cirque. She has been training for this incredible trip for months, alongside her team of climbers, Sion Brocklehurst, Robert Durran, Pat Ingram and Simon Smith. The team have spent time at the Edinburgh International Climbing Area in Ratho, where Cathy is based and works in the Tiso store, and they have tackled a number of arduous climbs in Scotland, the Lake District and North Wales.
Cathy said: “I first heard about Fox Jaw Cirque through Craig, Scotland’s Explorer-in-Residence. He asked me what would be my dream climb and I told him I wanted to climb where not many people had been before, adding “Doing something like Fox Jaw Cirque will be amazing but also pretty scary and it’s certainly going to be a challenge. If I inspire just one person to go and do something that they never thought they could do then it’s been a success. It’s not always about the summit but the lessons learned on the journey.” Cathy is making a film about her epic trip called Wall-to-Wall, which she hopes will form part of the 2015 Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. On her return she will also embark upon a mini lecture tour about her climbing experience.
CEO of Tiso, Chris Tiso, said: “We are immensely proud of Cathy for undertaking this challenge and she sets a great example to other enthusiasts to show what can be achieved through plenty of training and a passion for the great outdoors.
“For more than 50 years, Tiso has been helping our staff and customers have adventures, whether large or small, with friends, family or alone in the wilds. For us, the outdoors isn’t just a living, it’s a way of life and Cathy is testament to our belief that life is an adventure. We are delighted to be supply her and the team.”
Graham Tiso, an experienced mountaineer, and his wife Maude established Tiso in 1962. Their vision was to drive up standards and to encourage innovation in clothing equipment for climbers and campers. It is now run by Graham’s son Chris.