We all know that the mountains are agnostic about the personal and societal challenges we bring to them, and this issue of Mountain Pro is really about the learning that follows, as we work out how to shed some baggage and instead celebrate shared aims and experiences.
Firstly, a focus on women in climbing, which wasn’t entirely orchestrated - sometimes the stars align, and our interviews with Mina Leslie - Wujastyk and Lucy Creamer are spotted perfectly by Claire Carter’s fascinating snapshot of the state of play in 2015. It’s incredible to think that as recently as 25 years ago, some mountaineering clubs were still gender segregated. Our second and related strand is skills development – both mental and physical. Andy Kirkpatrick needs no introduction, and waxes lyrical as ever on a subject close to everyone’s beating heart – fear. We also look at ski school for mountaineers, and get prepped for progressing those long desired winter routes in Scotland’s high places, where Andy’s advice will no doubt prove, um, handy.
I’d also like to say a brief thanks to the photographers, in this and every issue. This time we have some beautiful contributions from David Mason, Lukasz Warzecha, and Tim Glasby, not to mention Andy Kirkpatrick and James Roddie (who do all their own F stops, as well as stunts). It can be a tough gig being an outdoors photographer, but the best are near invisible - on location before and leaving after. There’s some subtle but captivating work on display here, without which Mountain Pro would not be as dynamic a magazine as it’s becoming.
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