The weather in Scotland makes up a big part of the challenge of climbing here, especially in winter. We continue to hear continental visitors saying it is crazy to go out climbing in such conditions but to us it's just what you do. The enjoyment is not in getting wet and cold though. The enjoyment comes from understanding the weather is extreme and in having the tools to be able to continue to operate in an extreme environment. Staying dry and warm despite the weather is what gives you satisfaction and Jottnar has allowed me to do this very well for two years.
Never before have I had clothing that performs as well as the Jottnar gear I have worn for the last two winters and summer Alpine seasons. It's hard to know what can be better until you try it out. We can all get by with what we have. But when you go out climbing every day of the week, all winter long, getting the best gear makes a huge difference.
For my birthday recently, my sister gave me some waterproof socks. Now, to most people being given socks for your birthday might be a bit of a let down but for me they are perfect. They are more than socks, they are warm, dry feet all winter! In the same way, Jottnar gear is more than jackets and trousers, it is being warm and dry all winter.
So the new range of Jottnar gear will be launched tomorrow and I recommend you have a look. The colours are ace too!
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.