We've recently launched our Supported by Tiso scheme, so what better time to meet our ambassadors? Here's our interview with ice hockey pro, model & aspiring mountaineer Tristan.
My future goal is to be a professional mountaineer, but right now I’m an ice hockey player. I’ve played ice hockey professionally for 7 years and I’m also a full-time represented model… and I run a blog! I currently live in St Andrews when I’m not away adventuring. In life, I want to travel the world, inspire people of all ages and eventually have a nice home on a healthy piece of Scottish land that is self-sustainable in every way possible.
I didn’t discover a love of the outdoors; it was more a matter of understanding myself. I would always naturally find myself drawn to the outdoors, but then I began to ask myself ‘why?’ At the time, this seemed like an odd question but the answer was clear: the outdoors is where I feel most energised, relaxed and at one with nature. There is nothing like being secluded in nature, listening and seeing everything it has to offer… I love it all.
I want to share what true beauty Scotland and our planet has to offer. That’s what I want to get across to my followers by capturing video or photography. I feel that the majority of people are not fully aware of how easy it is to explore some of the most beautiful places in the world, especially Scotland! I want to show people how accessible it is for them to experience this beauty that they believed would be impossible to see. If you can go up a mountain or walk on a trail whilst having the best time ever, then this is something I want to encourage others to do.
The idea of a perfect day in Scotland makes me laugh… Mine isn’t a reality! The sun would be shining, I’d be getting lost in the Cairngorms and there’d be zero midges to deal with. But that’s just not a reality unless I go during winter. I enjoy a good mixture of biking, walking and canoeing so if I could fit all of these in on a nice sunny day – with zero midges! – anywhere in Scotland, then I’d be a happy man.
I have three bits of essential kit I wouldn’t be without. I always bring a few pairs of socks, because I just HATE getting wet feet whilst trekking and having nowhere to dry my socks at the campsite. My second item would have to be a Jetboil. I love a good cup of tea when I’m enjoying the views, plus I love being that guy who cheers everyone up with a warm brew! And lastly my Arc’teryx boots. They are amazing in every way; waterproof AND bulletproof (okay, I’m just joking about the last one, but they may as well be… I love them).
I’m at a stage in my life where I want to pursue other careers. I’ve been dedicated to ice hockey for so long that I know what it takes to achieve my goals. Now, my brain is constantly ticking with ideas: I have a passion for adventuring, meeting new people and growing into the best person I can be. And I’m ready to share my energy and passion with everyone as my journey continues.