JOHN THORNTON | JÖTTNAR PRO TEAM
PIONEERING SKIER, PIONEERING CLIMBER, FILM MAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER. READ JOHN’S STORY, THEN WATCH HIS FILM BELOW.
Growing up I was fixated on outdoor sports. As a teenager I tested myself on local Yorkshire gritstone, later visiting the world’s best bouldering areas. I started filming trips and produced the Destination film series. Its success took me to Fontainebleau, Magic Wood and Rocklands, South Africa. Capturing the action became as big a part of the experience as participating.
In 2014 I moved to St. Anton, Austria as a ski instructor and skied the region’s steepest freeride test-pieces, often soloing. I now have several first descents in the Alps and Kyrgyzstan. Back in the UK I've began ticking the classic routes of Yorkshire such as Bat Route (8c) and most recently the first ascent of Groovyfied (8c). I enjoy failing, tweaking and improving until success.
I push my limits on rock and seek new lines in the Alps and have now advanced my photography into a profession.
CLIMBER | SKIER
JOHN'S LEGEND ARTICLES
DRESS LIKE A PRO: JOHN THORNTON
The Jöttnar Pro Team helps us test and develop our gear. Going faster, higher, steeper, harder is what drives them and is reflected in the gear we make...
FILM: GROOVYFIED 8C
Earlier in the summer, Jöttnar’s John Thornton linked together two existing hard sport climbing routes in Malham to create Groovyfied (8c)...
SKI TOURING IN THE BERNESE OBERLAND
The arrival of spring marks the beginning of the alpine ski touring season. The longer days and a more stable snowpack allow larger distances to be covered...