Armed with a range of our latest and favourite kit, a gallon of mozi spray, and heaps of enthusiasm, the Berghaus Product team are venturing onto the West Highland Way next week in the name of consumer insight.We are intending to complete stages 4 to 7 of the walk over three days, covering some high and low level walking putting our kit (and ourselves) to the test in this typical Scottish environment. The team has a range of experience in the outdoors from summer low level walking and running, through to an experienced mountain rescue member, so between us we should be able to survive the stages we are tackling and give the kit a run for its money!
Meet the Team:
Adrian: Product Manager for Footwear
Adrian lives in the heart of the Tyne Valley making regular use of local trail running routes and hiking trails. Whilst still finding time to delve into Hamsterley Forest for biking adventures.
Sami: Clothing Product Designer
Sami is relatively new to hiking as she only joined the Berghaus bunch recently, but her sporty background of rugby union, hockey and football and regular gym training will enable her to keep up with the rest of the team.
Dan: Clothing Product Designer
Dan describes himself as a Jack of all trades, master of none sort of guy 🙂 He likes to climbing, indoors and out. He’s often found out on his bike, camping or hiking whilst seeking the warmer climates of France and Italy. He’s a keen skier and is setting himself the challenge of a winter mountaineering course this year.
Helen: Product Manager
Helen is a keen runner completing famous events such as the Great North Run, and the London Marathon. She is also taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge soon, then finding time to relax in a muddy tent at Glasto!
Euan: Product Manager for Equipment
Euan takes part in many extreme adventures skiing and snowboarding throughout Europe in the winter months, then biking locally as well as throughout the UK through the summer. He is our resident Scot so will be at home in the West Highland Way!
Amy: Equipment Designer
Amy currently keeps fit by running around after her 2year old son and her ever-expanding family. She is currently brewing her second child so won’t be taking part in the full walk but is heading up the ground support team (her and a car!).
Ed: Retail Trainer
Ed keeps himself very busy as a keen mountaineer, climber (summer and winter) and regular mountain biker. He also enjoys canoeing and is an active member of his local Mountain Rescue Team in the Lake District. We’re not sure where he finds time to work at Berghaus as he also skis, enjoys fell running and takes part in the odd adventure race!
Day One: We are starting out at Inverarnan on Tuesday the 11th of June ending in Tyndrum that evening. This includes 490m ascent, over a brisk 11.75miles. The walk takes us from Beinglas Farm, through ancient woodland, along the side of the river and up to the Falls of Falloch- anyone fancy a paddle?Further along we’ll tackle the steep climb and appreciate the view back towards Ben More, Stob Binnein, and Cruach Ardrain (taking in the sights is code for having a rest and a spot of lunch!). As Euan (Bruce) is a very proud Scot I’m sure he will be regaling us with tales of St. Fillans Priory and Robert the Bruce (probably a relative) as we pass through. Eventually we will reach the By The Way Hostel and Campsite in Tyndrum thoroughly ready for a hearty meal. Haggis anyone?!
We will be stopping along the route to chat to people we meet, so if you’re keen to tell us about the product you’re wearing or your favourite gear, please stop us for photos and a chat!
Day Two: sets off from Tyndrum to Kingshouse covering stages 5&6 of the WHW over 18miles, this is our longest day of the week covering two stages of the WHW in (hopefully) around 8-9 hours. Stage 5 is described as Tyndrum to Inveroran and stage 6 runs from Inveroran to Kingshouse.
After completing the two stages for the day we will be holding an event in the Kings House Hotel where we’re hoping to find out more about you; the gear you use, what you like about it and what you don’t and how we can improve your own kit. There is a chance to win some Berghaus kit and get a discount from our website so please come along and see what we’re up to!
Day Three: is our last day of walking, starting out at Kingshouse and ending in the Kinlochleven. The route takes us over 8.75miles, with a total ascent of 430m. This is stage 7 of the West Highland Way and takes us through stony and rough terrain, with a steep climb from Glencoe followed by a long descent down to the MacDonald Hotel.
We are holding a second event on the evening of day three, this time at the MacDonald Hotel in Kinlochleven, where we are again hoping to hear stories of product heroes and product disasters. There will be plenty of giveaways as well as another chance to win some Berghaus Kit, so please come along and join us for a pint!
Follow our West Highland Way Adventure via our Berghaus Website and also on Twitter @TheRealBerghaus.