The view is well worth the climb

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The view is well worth the climb

22 Feb 2019
A mountainscape can be awesome – truly awesome, in the traditional, literal sense. The perfectly captured light glinting off the savage majesty or peaceful beauty (or both) can really stir something deep within. And when that image is captured the old fashioned way – by hand, with a brush – it’s a tremendously enviable skill!

Yes, it is a painting

So we’re always happy (not to mention a little jealous) whenever Jamie Hageman’s in touch about what he’s been up to. Jamie’s a landscape artist, and to really get the essence of what he’s painting, he camps out in the mountains and sits with his brushes, immersed in his surroundings.

When he contacted us, he mentioned he’d just been camped out at about -10°C, tucked up inside his Hispar 500 on Sgurr a’ Mhaim’s “Devils’s Ridge”. Isn’t that a fantastic name?!

He’s also been using a Kappa Jacket for a number of years. It was made for the wet cold of the Scottish and Lakeland mountains; we had climbers and rescue teams in mind when we designed it, to be honest, but if it works for a painter, it works for a painter!

Recently, Jamie’s been featured in a film by Dave MacLeod – a climber renowned for some of the hardest and boldest ascents, so a chap who’s no stranger to a harsh mountain environment – which debuts at the Fort William Mountain Festival (20th – 24th February 2019). At the time of writing, it’s 22nd February and we’re not at the festival, so we haven’t seen it yet! We’re rather looking forward to it though.

If you’d like to see more of Jamie’s work – and it really is worth seeing – you should hopefully be able to track down the new film, and you can of course take a look at jamiehageman.com.

“Recently, Jamie’s been featured in a film by Dave MacLeod – a climber renowned for some of the hardest and boldest ascents, so a chap who’s no stranger to a harsh mountain environment”
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