So David, tell us a little bit about yourself and your sport. What inspired you to get into it in the first place?
I'm an alpinist and I love mountaineering because it’s a combination of so many things. The personal challenge between nature and myself, sharing unique moments with friends, being able to discover and explore new places all over the planet – I find peace and happiness in that.
What are your alpine essentials for this winter season?
There are a few things that I always take with me on my adventures. My Summit L5 Jacket and BIB – I absolutely rely on these throughout the season. Then the Summit L1 Trousers and Shirt, purely because they provide the perfect protection from harsh conditions and keep me warm, but still give me the freedom to do what I want to do. The Verto backpack is a must – it’s so light and just perfect for fast alpinism. If the Verto is too small I know I can rely on the Shadow backpack. I’ll never leave the house without my talisman necklace around my neck - it keeps an eye on what I’m doing on every expedition. And finally a GPS watch so that I can monitor all the training and preparation for my upcoming expeditions.
Which items of clothing can you not live without when on expedition?
The outer shell is so important. Whether it’s a hardshell or a softshell, the layer that separates you and nature is the main item for me. Without it you’d just be wet and cold – or both!
Any personal items you always keep with you on your trips?
The talisman necklace is one. The other is a small first aid kit. It’s only small but it’s filled up with the right stuff. Hopefully I never have to use that one!
What can you not live without?
Just being outdoors! If you took that away and locked me in a room I would go mad.
Do you have preferred weather conditions on the mountains?
Normally I would say not too hot. But if you choose the right layers, there are no bad conditions and you will have fun!
How do you prepare for winter mountaineering?
A lot of endurance training spiced up with some strength sessions. I need time to get used to the cold again at the start of the season! It’s more about little things like handling gear with gloves on and actually feeling comfortable when the temperatures are freezing cold.