In another life I spent 34 years working in education heading a P.E. Department, as a Boarding Housemaster and as a Senior Teacher but throughout that time I was always involved in Hill Walking, Mountaineering or Climbing, both personally and as a leader, working in the Lake District, Scotland or abroad during my school holidays. Increasingly towards the end of my teaching career, I was spending more and more of my time in this way – and so 8 years ago I gave up teaching altogether and committed to the outdoor life completely. I recently moved to Blair Atholl, though I spend most of the year travelling, working and playing in the mountains of Britain and abroad. I have a grown-up family of three daughters who are similarly fully involved in outdoor life – walking, climbing and crazy downhill bike racing.
Place to Place
Whilst I am happy in any mountainous region – I am most at home in the Cairngorms where I can roam for days on end, staying high and remote in some of the wildest and most inspiring mountain scenery in Britain.
Not a lot of People Know This
I am also a semi-professional folk singer/guitar player who loves to link his hillwalking and leading to his music. There’s nothing nicer than ending a few days walking with a few good songs – particularly if they are closely connected to the area that you have just walked in!