I’ve been mucking about in the mountains for longer than I care to mention. I started out in my teens by walking my local hills, followed by rock climbing, caving and mountaineering in the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales, Wales and Scotland.
My working life kept me near the hills. I spent nearly seven years in the Royal Marine Commandos with three winters spent in Arctic Norway, where I qualified as an Arctic Survival Instructor. In 1980 I joined the police in Cumbria, where I worked for 25 years, the highlight being three years as “village bobby” at Patterdale in the Lake District.
During that time I was a member of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team for seventeen years, some of that time spent as Assistant Team Leader in charge of team training. I was also a member of the Search and Rescue Dogs Association with a graded search dog.
I retired from the police in August 2005, and now live in North Wales, where I am a freelance walking guide and outdoor writer. My main areas of interest are in Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, but I have a good knowledge of most mountain areas of the United Kingdom. I have also walked, climbed and skied in Norway, France, Spain, Austria and Italy.
Still doing it, still getting a buzz, and sharing the fun, through my guided walking business (Hillcraft Guided Walking) and by writing routes for other publishers, mainly Walking World and Discovery Walking Guides. I’m also a member of my local mountain rescue team.