NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Won­der­ful images from Kilted Yoga star and ad­ven­turer Tris­tan Cameron-Harper

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Meet­ing Tris­tan Cameron-Harper is akin to com­ing face to face with a rugged and bearded ver­sion of a Du­ra­cell bunny, writes Stephanie Ab­bot. He tells me that two nights prior to our chat, he was camp­ing in the mid­dle of the High­lands with his beloved pooch Na­cho – a dog Tris­tan res­cued from the dog meat trade in South Korea just over a year ago – when they were lucky enough to wit­ness a spec­tac­u­lar me­teor shower across the night sky.

‘This me­te­orite comes out of nowhere, breaks up into five pieces, goes bright green and it was the cra­zi­est ex­pe­ri­ence of my life. I’ve never seen any­thing like that, it was quite spec­tac­u­lar. I was shoot­ing some amaz­ing shots of the milky way and it was the first time I was able to do that in Scot­land be­cause it’s usu­ally cloudy or there are lights from cities nearby,’ Tris­tan says with au­di­ble ex­cite­ment.

Tris­tan’s en­thu­si­asm for the out­doors has led him on count­less ad­ven­tures both at home in Scot­land and fur­ther afield in Peru, Canada, the Alps, Nor­way and Spain. His in­sta­gram feed is an en­vi­able col­lec­tion of images from his var­i­ous es­capades and reads like a man­ual on the ‘how to’ of out­door ad­ven­ture.

You may recog­nise Tris­tan as one half of the burly duo who fea­tured in the Kilted Yoga video – show­ing two chaps prac­tic­ing a spot of yoga in the woods, wear­ing noth­ing but their kilts. Re­leased by BBC Scot­land’s The So­cial in Fe­bru­ary 2017, the cheeky video has notched up 66 mil­lion views.

An ex-pro­fes­sional ice hockey player in Canada, Tris­tan is also the cur­rent Mr Scot­land and runs The North Blog through which he show­cases his ad­ven­tures and places a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on high­light­ing all that Scot­land has to of­fer. On top of that he works with var­i­ous brands in­clud­ing Tiso, Tres­pass and To­matin.

‘My weekly sched­ule is pretty much catch­ing up on all the work I’ve not been able to do be­cuase I’m on the road, edit­ing pho­tos, video and then meet­ing with clients. A lot of my clien­tele is Scot­land-based be­cause I’m really pas­sion­ate about help­ing Scot­land thrive and rais­ing aware­ness, get­ting peo­ple more clued up on what’s hap­pen­ing here. I do a lot of moun­taineer­ing and moun­tain guid­ing, tak­ing peo­ple that are not as ex­pe­ri­enced, giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to go out in the hills’.

And it seems that Tris­tan has no plans to ease up on his busy sched­ule. ‘I’m meant to be go­ing to Mon­go­lia,’ he says. ‘One of my goals is to shoot for the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic in the fu­ture so I want to start go­ing to places in the world that are not really well doc­u­mented. I want to im­merse my­self in the lo­cal cul­ture and the com­mu­ni­ties, so I can learn about their way of life. Not only liv­ing with them but also bring­ing that back to our cul­ture and really mak­ing peo­ple aware that we are so priv­i­leged with ev­ery­thing we have.’

Speak­ing to Tris­tan is an in­spi­ra­tional ex­pe­ri­ence – and one which could be just the push a per­son needs to fi­nally bag that first Munro, ex­plore a bit more of Scot­land or em­bark upon a com­pletely new ad­ven­ture.

Op­po­site page: A night to re­mem­ber on the North Coast 500. Far left: A happy Tris­tan on a rare oc­ca­sion when he’s in­doors.

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