‘The Place of the Gaels’ explores both the community and culture of winter mountaineering and climbing in the Highlands, introducing our American athletes to the notorious Scottish winter.
From the climbers and skiers who live for Scottish winter to the musicians and craftspeople who make their living in the highlands, so much of our inspiration still comes from the mountains of Scotland.
With the Rab family now extending far beyond these isles, in January 2017 we invited athletes and staff from our US Team to come and experience Scottish winter with us. This film, produced by Coldhouse Collective, catalogues their journey through the country as they discover that the weather is just as fickle, the people just as welcoming and the climbing just as demanding as they’d always heard.
Meet the team featured in The Place of the Gaels
Fabrizio Zangrilli is a very talented high altitude mountaineer and seasoned expedition veteran, who mixes traditional big mountain objectives with modern fast and light tactics. He works as a guide and has a soft spot for the Himalayas.
Angela grew up in suburban Detroit, which she describes as “wild and raw, a string of epic adventures.” Angela’s curiosity and love for adventure kept her thriving in Detroit, but also kept her mind wandering elsewhere, to bigger adventures.
Jon Frederick is part of Rab’s US team. A Washington state native, Jon is an accomplished alpinist and backcountry skier.
Kevin Shields is a Scottish based all-round climber, well known for his solo climbing over the past decade, all done with one hand and epilepsy. Kev continues to push his grades in all aspects of his climbing and being based in Fort William he has the perfect playground.
Greg Boswell is at the cutting edge of Scottish winter climbing and has been consistently pushing the boundaries, season after season. As well as being well known for his serious training regime, he in no slouch during the summer climbing hard in almost every discipline.
Nicholas White is a photographer based on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, in the South West of England. His work examines our relationship with landscape and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces.
“Mountain culture is repeated globally, whether we’re doing it in Nepal, Alaska, El Chaltén or in Chamonix; that’s what makes the community somewhat unique.”