Tiso, Alpine and Blues staff are experts in their own fields. This comes from experience and a love of what they do, whether that be hill walking, running trails, rock climbing, or spending time on the water. Each Saturday we will be highlighting a different member of staff and talking to them about their outdoor journey. This week we are chatting to Ewan Glendinning, a runner, climber, and general outdoor enthusiast who recently completed a MSc in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainable Education at Edinburgh University.
Which store do you work in and for how long?
I work at the Edinburgh Outdoor Experience store based in Leith, and I have been working there now for over 18 months. I was completing my MSc in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainable Education at Edinburgh University when I got the job, and now that I have finished, it has become an almost full-time position.
How do you spend your time outside of work?
When I’m not running, climbing or trudging through snow (when there is any), I’m writing and researching possible solutions to our multifaceted, fragile and ever-changing world. You see, I have a real passion for sustainability and sustainable development, and with two degrees under my belt (and a possible PhD on the horizon) I can’t help but read, research and get involved with the issues facing our planet. We too often privilege the perspectives of the global elite over that of the various disadvantaged groups. As such, I’ve loved the idea of writing a book someday about what a sustainable future would really look like to everyone, be that hydrogen powered vehicles, universal basic income or some other form of GDP.
What is your favourite bit of kit you own and why?
Too many to choose from, but I do love my Scarpa Booster’s. They’re super precise, but soft when you need them to be and also offer great support while on small edges, it’s just a great shoe. I also love my DMM Apex ice axes for their punch and my Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody II for its comfort and sun protection.
Where is your favourite place in Scotland to hike or climb
Home, the west coast. There are some fantastic areas to hike (Ben Cruachan) and climb (Etive slabs and the Cobbler), but just to relax there is nothing quite like being home. But also, the Cairngorms, I’ve got some great memories there.
Is there an activity you're really keen to try?
Bit of a boring answer; not really. I’ve tried a lot and for the ones that I like they’ve stuck, and I do them as regularly as I can. But maybe skiing? Tried snowboarding once and hated it so hopefully I can have some luck on skis.