Amanda Vestergaard writes about managing menstruation in the mountains following a conversation with hill runner and climber Laura Barraclough, who organised a student mountaineering club talk on the topic.
On the 15th of August this year, Scotland became the first country in the world to adopt legislation granting free period products to women. This was a big step towards gender equality not only in financial terms, but also in relation to how periods are perceived and handled more generally throughout society.
However, as we move towards equality, we must also work to acknowledge the areas in which inequalities persist. One way we can do this is by recognising the ways in which menstruation still acts as a significant barrier to women entering the world of mountaineering and outdoor recreation.