I began hillwalking after moving to Scotland in 1983, and was eventually bitten by the Munro-bagging bug.
In 1997 I took up hill-running as a way of keeping hill fit. Never an elite runner, I did however manage to complete several long distance mountain runs and races over the years. I consider my greatest hill-running achievement to be the completing of 18 Ben Nevis Hill Races (to date).
Further afield, my work as a water engineer has provided occasional hill-walking opportunities in more exotic parts of the world. Kilimanjaro (5896m) was climbed in 2001, and in 2005 I climbed 4127m Muhabura on the Uganda/Rwanda border. In 2009 I climbed 2643m Tsiafajavona whilst working in Madagascar, and also completed the Raid Solidaire de l’Anosy – a three day mountain race in a remote part of that island.
After many years exploring the hills, I have now compleated (sic) the Munros, and have also climbed a large number of Corbetts, Grahams, and lower hills in the Highlands and Islands. I have a fondness for the hills of the north-west and the islands – and also our local hill, Ben Wyvis!
I am gradually learning to slow down and appreciate the total hill experience, rather than just charging up to the summit! And in so doing, I’ve developed a keen interest in geology, flora & fauna, and have started lugging a heavy camera around with me to record some of the views and experiences.
Over the years, I’ve led many groups in the hills, both on easy valley walks and on challenging mountain days. I’m a holder of the Mountain Leader award, but am no longer doing commercial guiding work.