My formative working life was a balance of firefighting and adventure travel so in preparation for my ‘next life’ I qualified as an instructor of Mountaineering, Telemark skiing and Sea Kayaking.
At 16 I joined a six week expedition to Iceland and have since canoed in the Yukon, dived in the Galapagos, taught telemarking in Norway and Europe and rock climbed wherever I can! I was fortunate enough to go to Vancouver, buy a van in a bar and travel 14,000 miles from Valdize, Alaska to San Diego, California climbing all the way then selling the van for $200 less than I paid for it!
Returning to Scotland however, is a real joy, few who haven’t visited for the first time will really understand what’s on offer , once you’ve visited it’s wild places, you won’t fail to be impressed.
Places to play
In winter, the classic ice routes on the ‘Ben’ (Ben Nevis), in autumn, searching for good conditions to take my sea kayak into tidal races off the West Coast of Scotland.
Not many people know this
On one trip, everyone else could play a musical instrument. I couldn’t play anything so I was compelled to learn a few ‘tunes’ on a tin whistle, but don’t worry I won’t trouble you with them!