Mamrie Hart and Aldo Kane hiking in Scotland. Link to the Highland Way video.
"IT'S PERFECT, NOW
MAKE IT BETTER."
This is the directive given by our very
own tough mother, Chairman Gert Boyle.
It’s the reason we test our products
against every type of no good, day-ruining
condition the skies of the mighty Pacific
Northwest can deliver. Sure, it makes life
hell for us, but it means great gear for you.
So when Gert bestows her famous stamp
of approval, you’re duly equipped to stay
outside long after the featherweights have
retreated indoors.
THE HIGHLAND WAY
AN EPIC TREK IN SCOTLAND
Finding the time to enjoy the outdoors can be complicated. Just ask Mamrie Hart, a comedian, writer, and actress. “My life can get hectic. I love nature and I say I want to be out there but I haven’t in a really long time.” So she leapt at the chance to hike the West Highland Way in Scotland alongside former Royal Marine and self-described “professional adventurer” Aldo Kane. “‘I am hiking in Scotland’ is a sentence I never thought I’d say,” Mamrie chuckled. “Luckily they sent me in with the toughest dude I’ve ever heard of.”
Close-up of a map of the West Highland Way in Scotland.
Mamrie Hart and Aldo Kane beside a bog in Scotland.
Landscape view of mountainous terrain in the Scottish Highlands.
“COMING UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS IS JUST SO GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL. AND IF YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN AN ENVIRONMENT LIKE THIS IT MAKES EVERYDAY LIFE AND WORK EASY.”
—ALDO KANE
“THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. YOU FORGET YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME OUT AND CONNECT WITH NATURE.”
—MAMRIE HART
Being prepared for the unexpected is essential on this rugged 96-mile route. “Scotland is a hard environment,” Aldo said. “One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s raining, so you really do need to carry everything with you.” Including the will to press on. “I’m only operating on pride right now,” Mamrie panted halfway up Conic Hill about 17 miles in. Once they reached the summit, she brightened at the sweeping view. “I knew it would be beautiful but I didn’t know it would be this pristine.”
Close-up of Mamrie Hart hiking in a Columbia jacket.
Aldo Kane and Mamrie Hart at a trailhead on the West Highland Way in Scotland.
Aldo Kane in Columbia gear emerging from his tent while hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland.
Mamrie Hart and Aldo Kane on the West Highland Way in Scotland.
“BEING HERE AND IT FEELING JUST SO OPEN, NOT HAVING ANY REAL CIVILIZATION AROUND YOU AND NO CARS HONKING, IT'S BEAUTIFUL.”
—MAMRIE HART
Up soaring hills and down deep valleys, through marshy bogs and across tranquil lakes, Mamrie and Aldo reveled in the countryside and the camaraderie. Laughter and high fives were plentiful as they forged on until they finally reached their final destination—one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. “They only got me to do this by promising Scotch,” she cracked. But as they shared a hug to celebrate the journey's end, it was clear the ultimate reward was much more.
Aldo Kane and Mamrie Hart steady prepare to board a canoe on Loch Lomond in Scotland.
Aldo Kane and Mamrie Hart paddling a canoe on Loch Lomond in Scotland.
“SCOTLAND IN GENERAL IS A VERY HARD ENVIRONMENT. ONE MINUTE IT'S SUNNY, THE NEXT IT'S RAINING, SO YOU REALLY DO NEED TO CARRY EVERYTHING WITH YOU.”
—ALDO KANE
Aldo Kane and Mamrie Hart celebrate the end of their journey on the West Highland Way in Scotland.
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