Here we are

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I started this blog to document me and my son’s adventures in the great outdoors.

I like to take lots of photos when we’re out to remember it all better and for keepsakes for him when he’s older. So I decided to put it all online too for everyone else to see!

Not enough kids get into the great outdoors anymore, I hope our blog can inspire some people to take their kids out on the hills. 🙂 

Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy my posts!

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The Mountain That Changed my Life

Here’s a wee bit of writing I entered into a competition (didn’t win!!) but I thought I’d put it up here and it’s such a wonderful thing.


It was a cool grey morning in August when we packed up the camper on the very north coast of the British Isles. The light sea breeze gave no suggestion of the storm gales that had battered our little van the night before, making it impossible to sleep. Not the perfect preparation for a quality mountain day, but we were soon full of eggs, bacon and tea and ready for the adventure ahead. We trundled out of the campsite and set off on the tiny roads that allow us mere mortals access to the wilds of Scotland.

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La Palma Adventure

In the May bank holiday half term break Small and I went off to visit family in the Canaries. If you scoff, well we go to one of the smaller islands called La Palma which isn’t touristy and is very green. There is lot of good hiking to be had, and this year we decided to go and stay in the Caldera national park.

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Sport Climbing in Spain

Hello hello

Been a few months, lots has happened and been very busy!!

In April my two best climbing buds and I tootled off to the south of Spain for a climbing break. It was bloody hot and bloody good fun.

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Sport Climbing at Echo Valley

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Long Time, No Blog

Well hello blog fans.

I have been a bad bad blogger. I have not blogged in years. Actual years. For shame.

2014 was a great year for hill bagging, Small was readily convinced up hills and I had the time to drag us up them. Since then life has got in the way and I’ve been climbing instead of walking when I got the chance of a dry day. Climbing has become my go to fun outdoor thing, and since moving to the Leeds area and joining another mountaineering club it’s become a huge part of my spare time.

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Spring is in the air…

The Rock Improvers Course I did on the 18th April!

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It’s been a great few weeks and I’ve been busy delivering my Spring courses for clients at Ilkley. We’ve enjoyed a mixed bag of weather from atrocious rain, where we couldn’t even look up the crag let alone climb to sunny and windy. All great conditions to learn the importance of knowing your limitations.

Clients often ask why I run the courses so early. The reason is that I feel you need to learn the skills at the very beginning of the season and then get out and apply them. You then have all summer to climbing and practice. The more the practice the more experience you get the more confident you will feel to push yourself outside you comfort zone.

Ashely enjoying a simulated lead on steep terrain. Ashely enjoying a simulated lead on steep terrain.

The Ready for Rock courses have gone very well – I’d like to give a great heads up to the early…

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West Highland Way – Day 2 – Drymen to Rowardennan

Distance: 23km/14.25 miles
Time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 430m

The second day started well with a cracking nights sleep in my big (unexpected) comfy bed and a great breakfast in the kirk. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t playing ball and it was a bit of a dreary looking day.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

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West Highland Way – Day 1 – Milngavie to Drymen

Distance: 19km/11.75 miles 
Time: 5 – 6 hours
Ascent: 210m

The first day on the Way I was full of excitement, but I knew this first leg wasn’t the most riveting scenic wise so I prepared myself for a day of just clocking up the miles.

Clean feet fresh legs...

Clean feet fresh legs…

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West Highland Way – Prologue

My epic adventure did not start too well. I had to make a long journey longer by having to drop off Small with his Dad in Birmingham the same day as having to drive up to Milngavie. Which meant driving hundreds of miles south before driving hundreds of miles north again. Not ideal but hey you gotta do what you gotta do!

Set up at the campsite

Set up at the campsite

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Climbing – Great Close Scar

Was lucky enough to be able to go out again with the Craven Club, this week Great Close Scar on the banks of the beautiful Malham Tarn.

Great Close Scar

Great Close Scar

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Climbing – Deer Gallows

Another little jaunt with the Craven guys and gals. Deer Gallows is a little rocky outcrop above Embsay Reservoir that took a little bit of bog hopping to get to!

Deer Gallows

Deer Gallows

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