Current Transportation: Plane, car, bike or feet—depends where I’m going!
Core Activities: Climbing—rock, ice and mixed
Non-Core Activities: Skiing, hiking
Favorite Places: North West Scotland
My Jam Is: Strawberry
I Eat Lots Of: Nuts
Fun Fact: My first winter lead was a new route.
Guy lives with his family in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he works from home as a waste and environmental consultant. He has put up new rock and winter climbs in regions as diverse as Africa, the Middle East, the Alps, Peru, Norway and the Greater Himalaya. However, he guesses it’s for his “domestic” winter activity he’s best known: For many years he’s been actively putting up routes—several every year up to grade X, though he’d like to think his reputation is as much related to quality as it is to difficulty. Guy’s favorite climbs are long, sustained mixed routes in very remote locations—climbed from the ground up with no prior inspection and no fixed gear. Practicing and pre-protecting routes in winter is just plain weird, in his opinion. But he admits he’s a product of his environment—and it’s fair to say that a committing and adventurous approach encapsulates what Scottish winter climbing is really all about.
What can I say? Any season, any sport, zero weight and maximum warmth. I’ll never move on from this product as the ultimate in emergency warmth clipped to the back of my harness!
Just like the Filament, I’ll never move on from this piece. It’s equally at home as a bouldering or mountain rock outer layer, or a mid-layer for hard mixed in winter. It also feels and looks rather nice, which can’t be said for all jackets of this type!