My first recollection of visiting the hills was a winter walk to Styhead Tarn from Seathwaite with my parents and brother when I was about 6. I remember being amazed by the tents in the snow at Styhead, by the frozen tarn and by the cold beauty and solitude. That amazement at beauty and solitude has never left me.
Since then I have spent half a lifetime exploring the wild places of the UK and Europe. I am happiest sat in an alpine mountain hut or in a wild camp, high above the valleys. The lure of the mountains for me is summed up very neatly in the words of the immortal Bill Murray – “the fellowship and the humour, the struggle and the beauty”.
For the last 9 years I have been accompanied in the hills by my daughter, Hannah, who good humouredly follows me on walks, scrambles and wild camps. We have a lot of fun together as well as exploring a lot of wild places.
This blog started as a lockdown project to save my sanity when I was unable to visit the hills that I loved. It has evolved into more than I could ever have imagined with followers from across the world being inspired by my adventures. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it and if you do, please share it.