Welcome to The Slow Mountain Company; a different sort of outdoor blog. Here at tSMCo. we hope that you’ll find a home and good company amongst fellow folk who enjoy everything about the outdoors, and don’t mind going at a pace which means you can savour the view, notice the nature around you and absorb the energy that only quality time outdoors can give you. Whilst we call it ‘slow’ we don’t expect you to stand still for long; in fact we hope you’ll join us in sharing your experiences of getting out into the hills whether you’re a beginning or long time mountain climber.
I don’t want to say too much about why we’re different; instead I hope you’ll follow or bookmark us to find out for yourself. We’ll be posting new writing, opinion, reviews and trip reports at least twice a week from launch, so come back in the week and at the weekend to get a shot of inspiration when you most need it. Because we’re all about the real outdoors for real people we hope that you’ll find our ideas accessible – everything is done with value and budget in mind, and with escapes for all abilities. Most of all you can trust us – most of us are a creative bunch in one way or another but collectively we have decades of experience in the outdoors and between the core team and contributors hopefully we can bring something for everyone.
Whilst we’re different from other outdoor blogs in approach, we’re also not restricting our content to summits. Oh no! The mountain environment is so much more than peak bagging when you consider the whole system. We’ll have something for meadow, forest, ocean, river and great plain lovers also. So don’t worry if you’re not a mountain climber…you’re still in good company here.
Over time we’ll be adding new content and features to the website and new items to our shop – but for now we hope you’ll enjoy with us an exciting time to launch. The summer is hot, the mountains are as steady and inspiring as ever and there is a real buzz in the air for communities that are sharing a passion. There has never been a better time to rethink how we approach the natural world, with greater commitment than ever to ethical and sustainable approaches.
At tSMCo. we’re absolutely committed to underpinning everything we do with a green mindset. These aren’t the hippy days where Green meant to be slightly on the edge of eccentricity; these are the days where making better environmental and social choices should be the norm. If you’d like to know more about the Slow movement in general, there is plenty out there on a google search but Carl Honore’s book, In Praise of Slowness, will be a good start. But for us Slow means considered and thoughtful; products with conscience in their production and delivery, and an appreciation for the local as well as the far flung.
So let’s see where we go with this! Welcome to the Company.