The fourth of our Breo Heroes facing interrogation is Steve Holmes. Steve is a qualified mountaineering instructor based in Fort William, Scotland where he runs the mountain guiding company Vertical Fever.
How long have you been climbing?
I was brought up close to the Lake District and so my parents took me hill walking at a very early age, I then started to climb rock and ice about 14 years ago.
On the 16th April 2014 we made the move north to Fort William. This was to be my mental and physical step to moving away from contract work in the Middle East and committing fully to working as a Mountaineering Instructor in Scotland. For five years previous I had managed to work between jobs, living out of my van whilst working as a Mountain Leader in the highlands escaping back to the Middle East when times got tough and the seasonal work dried up. Leaving our home in Dundee to travel around Europe during 2013 Jane and I certainly had no plans to move to Fort William, if anything our trip was indefinite with high hopes of settling down in Europe once the travel bug was finally satisfied. Unforeseen circumstances brought us back to Scotland within 5 months of setting sail, friends and family took us in whilst we decided what was to be for the best – Fort William became the likely candidate.
Our latest Gear Check blog post comes from our latest Breo Hero, Steve Holmes. Steve is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor who runs the professional mountain guiding company Vertical Fever from his base in Fort William, Scotland.
Read on for a detailed breakdown of his kit.
What is in my SCOTTISH WINTER CLIMBING bag……
There is a unique Winter scene in Scotland where budding climbers attempt to scale classic and modern routes up the side of mountains in any conditions the weather throws at us. It takes a certain type of person; someone willing to get up in freezing conditions, often in the dead of the night to literally torture themselves in horrendous weather just to climb a mountain. OK, it isn’t always so bad, we are occasionally blessed with bright blue skies and crisp fluffy snow to play in – a rarity admittedly!