In a follow up to the article The MyOutdoors Guide to Chamonix between the seasons from Dave and James, one of our Mountaineering Team, Alan 'Tosh' McIntosh and his wife Sam, headed for the Alps earlier this year. Alan describes how they developed their Alpinism skills from Ice Climbing to Snowshoeing to an Introduction to Skiing with details of the areas they visited and some costs associated with their experiences.
A single-layer solution providing comprehensive backcountry protection with exceptional breathability, the Airah combines waterproof GORE-TEX® performance with air-permeable Polartec® Alpha® insulation.
Berghaus has launched a new collection of waterproof and insulated ski clothing, combining the latest in outdoor materials innovation with contemporary design and features. The Frendo range of jackets and pants has been extensively tested by athletes Ross Hewitt and Michelle Blaydon and is available now.
The men’s and women’s Frendo Insulated jackets sit at the top of the range. Protection from the elements is provided by the 2L GORE-TEX® fabric with a tough ripstop face. Insulation comes in the form of Berghaus’ cutting edge Hydroloft™ Elite Pro, which, thanks to great breathability, provides extended warmth even when the wearer is working hard. The synthetic Hydroloft™ has been body-mapped to deliver insulation where it is needed most, with different configurations in the men’s and women’s jackets.
Bollé has a long history of involvement with the highest levels of cycling. The first sports sunglasses ever created by the brand were a cycling model introduced in 1958 for famous cyclists such as Louison Bobet to wear during the Tour de France.
One thing about outdoorsy types is that we all love socks, this may baffle the rest of the world but to us a good pair of socks is essential to a good day out, a bad pair of socks can ruin your day, your feet and possibly the next few days if the damage is bad enough so when I was asked to try out a pair of Darn Tough ski socks I was all up for it.
Eider's Solden 3 jacket combines a classic look with the latest technology to provide a highly adjustable, breathable and waterproof, ski jacket with enough pocket space to seriously not consider taking a daypack on the slopes.
In 2018 I visited the Cairngorms to write and photograph a feature for the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Summit’ magazine. The piece was about using eMTBs to access the steep skiing at the end of long corries in Scotland, the added power of the bikes negating the more inefficient standard issue mountain bike or a long walk.
After an opening day of persistent rain, competition day dawned with bright blue skies and cold fresh snow, once you broke through the cloud inversion at the valley base.
Team GB freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire burst onto the international scene in 2014, when she became the first British woman to win a Halfpipe Gold medal at World Cup level at only 18 years old.
Skiing presents me with a problem. I'm useless at it. My normal tactic to hide my ineptness at an activity to be extremely photogenic and pose my way to credibility. With Skiing I can't do this and every single photo of me on skis makes me look like the terrified wimp I am. So why do it? Well.....