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Autobiography

I have been hill walking for over thirty years although in the early days this only involved a few trips each year to the Cairngorms or Lochnagar areas. In fact it was several years before I realised what a Munro actually was, and 1997 before I completed my first round on Ben More on the Island of Mull. Since then I have completed a further four rounds, two Corbett rounds and single rounds of the Munro Tops, Grahams, New Donalds, Old Donalds and Sub Donalds.

This has taken me to all parts of the Scottish mainland and to several of its Islands. In 2010, for a bit more variety and new challenges, I started on the list of Sub 2000 Scottish Marilyns. I have no plans to complete them all as some involve rock climbing while others are on remote and uninhabited islands. During my trips I have also climbed a few Humps. The links in the left margin will take you to my trip reports for these hills and include an index system.

Also in 2010 I made my first venture south of the Scottish Border to climb the English Furths (mountains over 3000 feet) and a subsequent trip to Wales to climb several of the Welsh Furths. These links will take you to a blog which gives an account of these ascents.

The ascent of the Scottish Hills has taken me over 11,300 hours, involved a distance in excess of 17,700 miles and a height gain of over 1,850 kilometres.

I'm also an avid golfer in Scotland, passionate about golf and researching technologies behind golf ball compression and trying to find a driver that is forgiving for my swing.

My hill totals as at 25 December 2015 are:

Hill Classification Number Climbed Number of Rounds Completed
Munros 1708 5
Munro Tops 723 1
Corbetts 576 2
Corbett Tops 338 -
Grahams 370 1
Graham Tops 351 -
New Donalds 149 1
Sub Donalds 31 1
Sub 2000 Scottish Marilyns 235 -
Total 4481 11

In addition to walking in Britain, in November 2001 I travelled to Sikkim in India, on a TGO trek, to climb in the foothills of Kangchenjunga. You can read my blog here:

Himalayan Trek

In August 2005 I climbed Mount Blanc. Below is a link to my blog containing an account of the ascent.

Mount Blanc

I have also walked in the Bernese Oberland Region of Switzerland. Below are links to my blogs:

Bernese Oberland 2006

Bernese Oberland 2011

In 2002 I created this web site, initially to promote a business I ran, but it soon expanded to include an account of my walks and, in 2005 when I entered the digital era, photographs.

Reports on my trips to the Scottish Hills are logged in the appropriate sections as shown on the left margin or if sub 2000 feet, they are listed on this page. The Mountain Index lists all the Scottish Hills I have climbed since the creation of this web site. There is also an index at the top of each section page. A link to the photographs taken on my walks can be found at the start of each trip report or viewed from the Gallery Page. In addition walks completed in the past 12 months can be accessed via Recent Walks.

You are welcome to follow my routes but you do so at your own risk. If for any reason you wish to use my photographs or have a comment to make please contact me at hilltreks(at)caledoniahilltreks.com (change (at) to @). I would be interested in your observations.

Enjoy your walking.

My Articles

Ways to Improve Your Hike with Cannabis

22 Jan 2021 Your-Hike-with-Cannabis

You can use cannabis in the enhancement of outdoor experiences as it is aimed at resetting your drive. There are many stores out there and Top Shelf BC is one such store Top Shelf BC is one such store. Most people living in Colorado utilizing cannabis when hiking to get that earthly connection. If you are planning a hiking trip, the following tips will help you to improve your hike with cannabis.

  • Understand the laws

Individuals who are 21 years and above are allowed to carry a marijuana flower or products that have been infused with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)of 28 grams or one ounce. Having more than 28 grams of cannabis is forbidden and this could land you in trouble with the law.

In addition, it is forbidden to consume cannabis within federal premises and state land. It is always good to understand these laws even if it is hard for you to follow them.

  • Try Sativa and Sativa-Dominant Strains

Both Sativa and Sativa-dominant strains are great for hiking because they give more motivation and energy.  In Denver, strains for hiking that are readily accessible include Durban Poison, Harlequin, Green Crack, and whatever with “Diesel” word.

If you want more energy, you can also try citrus heavy strains like Tangie and Lemon Skunk. It is not recommendable to overdo these strong strains so you have sound energy to get you through the hike.    

  • Make Adequate Preparation

Ensure your maps are properly labelled and downloaded before you take cannabis or start the hike. In addition, your trail should be set accordingly, and prepare yourself for any emergencies that may occur during the hike.

Adequate preparation will reduce shock related to unexpected emergencies, making you have a relaxed adventure. Another important tip is to inform your close friends and family members of your whereabouts.

  • Your goal should not be Getting Stoned

It is not advisable to smoke to get stoned while out hiking. Having one or two hits is enough to improve your experience and make yourself relaxed. Overdoing cannabis can make your hike go to waste because you might start feeling lazy. Ensure you are in your senses throughout the hike.

  • Carry Enough Water

Consuming cannabis can make you dehydrated, hence, you should bring along adequate water to keep you hydrated as you engage in strenuous activity. Ensure to carry water in plenty to make sure it does not get depleted before the hike is complete.  Steady sipping is always advisable to keep your body hydrated all the way.

  • Look for Cannabis-Friendly Campsites

Before you go hiking, shop around for campsites and consider those that are cannabis-friendly. Some campsites offer a good environment for cannabis use. Such campgrounds are private and allow the smoking of cannabis. In these areas, you will find people with similar motives to yours.

Conclusion

The discussed tips will help you a lot when planning to improve your hiking adventure using cannabis. Ensure that you understand the law regarding cannabis usage to avoid any problem associated with breaching it. Marijuana in Canada is also under strict guidelines, so avoid its misuse.



 
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