Hillwalking

I was brought up by  energetic parents. I climbed Ben Wyvis (easter Ross-shire) when I was 4.
Six years later I accompanied my family to the summit of Ben Nevis. Short of the summit (in the normal thick mist) we passed a group of students, One bearded member of the company was wearing a kilt. He was sitting on a large rock with his legs comfortably apart. That image has, ever since, been a 'guide and monitor' to me.
Eight more years down the line, and I had become a regular kilted hillwalker. I enjoyed three years employ by the CHA and HF in several of their Scottish Centres, working as a kilted secretary/guide, before finally settling down to student life. I had some great experiences.
obcar13 obcar13
51-55, M
10 Responses Oct 7, 2010

I use my kilts for bushwalking and hiking with my border collies.I love every minute of it and sometimes go for many hours. I have both Scottish and Irish celtic ancestry on both sides of the family so wearing a kilt a lot in public shouldn't be all that unusual but I rarely do. I read once that if you are frightened to wear one , you perhaps shouldn't but as I truly enjoy wearing mine for a specific purpose I still feel okay about it. It's just a nice free way to walk and actually practical...beats shorts for sure..

But dancers don't have anything in their sporrans! Much more comfortable to do without, and it's something less to catch when scaling fences, rock scrambling, in wooded/shrub areas etc.

If you wear the sporran high up like a dancer does it is much less likely to be uncomfortable

ronnie751965<br />
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What an interesting theory! However, it is quite well documented that the early highland clansmen, who would be wearing the great kilt or belted plaid, had a tendency to fling this off when battling as its bulk restricted their movement, and obviously anything else worn on top of the kilt would go too! <br />
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As is always with these things, the generally accepted origins of the sporran are much more mundane, being that the sporran began as a pouch made from animal skin and hung from the belt, fastened with a metal bar through loops and tied shut with leather thongs - as it contained the owner's personal valuables it was more secure to wear it at the front. <br />
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With the modern dress sporran the cantle represents the metal bar, the tassles (tassels?) represent the thongs, and the strap/chain belt the original hanging loops.

tartanpleats<br />
the sporran evolved as a merger between the need for a pocket and the protective metal 'armour' plate early kilted warriors wore to protect their tackle. Thats why the dress sporran has a metal cantle and is worn in front of the penis.

"Painful" is perhaps a slight exaggeration - when hiking I just find the constant bumping uncomfortable/irritating plus without the sporran's weight the kilt aprons hang looser and more free. Bearing in mind one of the principal purposes of a sporran is to provide the kilt with a "pocket", if you're wearing a jacket or carrying a backpack then there's plenty of other locations to put the odds and ends normally carried in the sporran. I also know one or two who prefer using a bumbag worn to the front as a tumbag for this purpose when out hiking.

I totally agree with you, tartanpleats, though I'm intrigued by what you say about the sporran. Why a "painful" experience. I always wear mine (leather strap).

obcar13<br />
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I was introduced to climbing/hillwalking in the kilt when I was in the Scouts. Although serious climbs etc are now beyond me (age+ the knees have gone as a result of a skiing accident) I still enjoy low level rambles and the kilt is the perfect garment for such activities.<br />
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Through (painful) experience I have learned to leave the sporran at home when rambling, or put it in the backpack if I'm going to need it for later.

Kitls are great and natural for men. The male body was designed for them. No fear of cutting down the ***** count. It is a shame that owing to the cost of them, they are not worn more often to get the money's worth of wear from them. Just go for it. Hire one to see if you have the nerve. But I think that only men who have no fear of their masculinity being compromised, wear them. The others are too frightened and usually hide it by trying to ridicule those who do wear them. I have never had anything bad said against me by any female. Even though I am past my "best before" date, young girls still come to chat when I am wearing it. I personally love the effect they have on women. Their brains seem to throw a wobbly.

I was at uni in my mid-twenties :o).<br />
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since THOSE days...