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Peak Perspectives: Accidentally Gorp


Are you gorpcore without even knowing it? 


In cities around the world, urban climbers have inadvertently become the poster children of gorpcore - a casual fashion style that fuses outdoor functionality with streetwear aesthetics. While a familiar term ‘granola’ can ring vaguely condescending, the adorable-sounding GORP in gorpcore takes its name from the energy-packed hiking snack, "Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts”. 

The characteristics of gorpcore are elements we are accustomed to and take for granted at the crag. Vibrant colours, layered looks, volume, and adjustable fits have always been a go-to in the climbing community, an instinctive decision made out of necessity. In the fashion space, however, this look has become a calculated feat. Brands like Arc'teryx, Patagonia, The North Face, and Salomon have long provided climbers with technical clothing they need. Now, they’ve become fashion staples that non-climbers are hungry for.

But the allure of gorpcore boils down to its authenticity to function. Climbers understand the importance of vibrant colors for visibility in the great outdoors, and they've seamlessly integrated this aspect into their urban wardrobes. Layering is second nature to climbers who adapt to changing weather conditions. The functional efforts of climbers have made the trend's voluminous silhouettes and adjustable fits synonymous with freedom, adventure, and self-reliance.

As climbers, the only fashion advice we have to take in 2024 is continuing to don (sustainable) pieces with the status quo intention of going from mountain to metropolis.