Mollie HughesTiso Ambassador, Staff Expert, Blogger, Motivational Speaker, Mountaineer

Mollie has been a passionate member of the Tiso team since 2014, initially as a store employee and now as a content specialist. When she shared her love for climbing and her plans to challenge herself to return to Mount Everest from the North side, we jumped at the chance to get involved to help her achieve her dream. With Tiso proudly by her side she is now the youngest woman in the world and the first English woman to summit Mount Everest from both sides.

  • Mollie started climbing at secondary school and at the age of 17 summited Mount Kenya (Africa’s second highest peak). She was first inspired to climb Mount Everest when as part of her sports psychology degree at UWE Bristol she interviewed seven Everest summiteers and learned of their different psychological experiences on the mountain. She successfully summited Mount Everest from its south side at the age of 21 in 2012. While many climbers choose to ascend from the south, the north route from base camp in Tibet, China is considered to expose the mountaineers to colder and windier conditions. The route includes an arduous and psychologically testing final day ascent over three prominent rocky steps on the northeast ridge. All are negotiated at an altitude of over 8,500 metres (28,000ft) in the so-called ‘death zone.’ “I love climbing and adventurous activities. Hopefully, my second expedition to Mount Everest will inspire other young women to realise that with careful planning and determination, challenges can be overcome and dreams achieved,” she said in anticipation of her record-breaking journey. Mollie Hughes On Tuesday, 16th May 2017, she reached the summit of Mount Everest (8,848m) from the north side, making her the youngest Woman in the World and the first English woman to successfully scale the peak from both the north and south sides of the world’s highest mountain. She was further recognized when she became a recipient of a prestigious gold Blue Peter badge, a rare accolade awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements, bravery, inspiration and citizenship. Tim Peake the British astronaut, Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg and children’s author JK Rowling are among relatively few previous adult recipients of CBBC Blue Peter’s coveted top award that is a gold-plated brooch in the shape of the iconic Blue Peter ship logo.

Scott BeckerTiso Staff Expert, Climber, Skier, Skydiver, Speedflyer, Master Ski Technician

This American-born fearless daredevil from Chicago who has lived and worked in Scotland’s capital for over 10 years, is always tempting fate when he’s off on Tiso-sponsored trips, testing the latest gear or just feeding his insatiable hunger for an adrenaline rush! An active climber, skier, skydiver and speedflyer, he is the master ski technician for Blues The Ski Shop who most recently climbed then flew from the summit of Khan Tengri (7,010m) in Kyrgyzstan – the first flight of any kind from the summit of the mountain that translates as ‘Lord of the Skies’ in Uighur.

Polly MurrayTiso Ambassador, Explorer, Ski Instructor, Mountaineer

In 2000, at the age of 26, Polly Murray became the first Scottish woman to summit Mount Everest as part of a Tiso-sponsored trip. A Perthshire local, Polly was the first person to Telemark ski off the summit of Mount McKinley, North America’s highest mountain, and has competed in Ski races at the World Cup level. She has participated in major Antarctic and Arctic sailing expeditions, making several first ascents and pioneering ski traverses on remote islands, and travels have also taken her to uninhabited Arctic islands, the Amazon jungle and Africa.

  • More recently she has been teaching Alpine skiing in both the Pyrenees and the French Alps. During the Summer, you may well find her abseiling down Scottish castles carrying out maintenance work., and for the last three years Polly has worked for the BBC on the BAFTA winning, “Serious” series as co-expedition leader and presenter. She is also an ambassador for Countryside Learning Scotland, a unique Scottish charity close to the Tiso Group helping people to learn about the countryside.

Craig Mathieson Tiso Ambassador, Founder of Polar Academy, Scotland’s greatest living polar explorer, Expedition Leader, ‘Explorer-in-Residence’ with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Craig is a polar explorer who is ‘Explorer-in-Residence’ with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in October 2013, notably this was the first time in the Society’s 129 year history that any such title had been awarded. In 2014 he established The Polar Academy, of which Tiso is a founding partner, with funding in large part from Tiso. Through The Polar Academy, he instils in Scotland’s youth the self-confidence to undertake life-changing journeys in Scotland’s wild places and in Arctic Greenland. Today he is Scotland’s greatest living polar explorer, as one of only 12 polar explorers in the world to have skied to both the south and north poles.

  • Craig Mathieson completed The Scot 100 expedition, recognised by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society as the first by a dedicated Scottish team, to the South Pole in 2004. He completed the 730-mile Antarctic after 58 days on the ice, having endured harsh weather conditions during the expedition, pulling a sleigh weighing 150lbs, with temperatures dropping as low as -53C at one point. He is an accomplished and respected explorer, having led the first dedicated Scottish expedition to the South Pole, and led many other expeditions to the Arctic.

Cluanie Tiso Ambassadog

This trailblazing, fundraising Jack Russel is the inaugural Tiso Ambassadog, and therefore claims the title of being the most adventurous dog in Scotland. He already has 104 munros in his doggy-bag and his adventures often include raising money for charity. He may be small, but he has tremendous spirit and a great love for exploring Scotland from top to bottom.

Niamh AldredTiso's Young Climbing Ambassador

Niamh was born with a genetic inclination to love climbing, from her mom Cathy, who is a proud member of our Tiso affiliate programme. After going on trips across the world as a child, Niamh developed a passion for the sport and today she is Tiso's young climbing ambassador. We caught up with Niamh to find out about her last climbing trip !!!!here!

Chris Tiso CEO of Tiso, passionate Outdoor Enthusiast, Trustee of The Polar Academy, Honorary President of Scouts Scotland, Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland, National Ambassador for Countryside Learning Scotland (CLS)

“I am keen to instil in young people that life is an adventure.” Chris took over the running of the Tiso Group in 1992 age 21, following the loss of his father in a boating accident, and has led its growth to its current position. His renowned commitment to supporting individuals and organisations that share his passion and active interest in the great outdoors serve him well as CEO of Scotland’s leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, founded by his parents in 1962. About Scotland he says, “It is both the playground that we know and understand and it’s the market that we know and understand, we believe, better than any of our competitors."

  • Chris is an ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland and Honorary President of Scouts Scotland as well as the first national ambassador of the independent charity Countryside Learning Scotland (CLS). Chris was part of the 2000 Tiso expedition on which Polly Murray became the first Scottish woman to summit Mount Everest.

Graham and Maude TisoCo-Founders of Tiso Group, Avid Adventurers

Graham Tiso met fellow avid explorer Maude in 1961, and the two bonded over the lack of high quality climbing gear available in Scotland. One year later they opened the first stand-alone store on Rodney Street, Edinburgh, and as a valued member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, Graham helped form the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, which has contributed large sums of money to restore and care for wild land. Graham and Maude’s passion for the mountains and outdoors carries on in the Tiso ethos today.

Our Instore Team

For over 50 years, Tiso has proudly offered customers a choice of high quality technical equipment and apparel to pursue their own outdoor adventures. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the outdoors, and we only stock the best gear we can find. At Tiso our staff know what they’re talking about because at Tiso, it’s not about how much we can sell you. It’s about helping you find what you need. We don’t just stock it and flog it. We use it. Test it. Live with it.

Ski Servicing

At Blues we operate a dedicated ski servicing and repair centre located in our Tiso Outdoor Experience store in Edinburgh. Our workshop is open year round and is fully equipped with an extensive range of specialist ski tuning machinery and tools. In addition we employ a team of experienced and fully qualified ski technicians. Our dedicated workshop staff at Blues work full time, specifically on ski servicing, and are passionate skiers themselves.

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Bike Servicing

At Alpine Bikes we have been caring for our customers’ bikes for over twenty five years and we are very proud to be known for our quality workmanship, our expertise, our attention to detail and our affordable pricing. To enhance our servicing, we have improved the choices that our customers can make. We have designed our servicing around your bike, rather than having services that meet the needs of our workshop.

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Tiso group have had long standing partnerships with Scottish Mountain Rescue, John Muir Trust, Scouts Scotland, The Sandpiper Trust, The Polar Academy and Countryside Learning Scotland. Additionally, Tiso has been supporting British expeditions to Mount Everest since the 1970’s and continues to support a number of Scotland’s greatest explorers, including Polar Academy founder Craig Mathieson and Everest summiteer Polly Murray.

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