passionate enthusiast for
wilderness I have spent much of my life exploring wild places.
Long distance hikes are my particular delight and I have completed many
of these adventures. Many years ago I set out to communicate my
feelings about nature and the joy it brings me through writing and
I am the author
illustrated with my photographs, and have co-authored and
contributed to several more. I have also written and illustrated
hundreds of articles for magazines, web sites and newspapers. Since
1991 I have been the Equipment Editor of TGO
magazine, contributing monthly features on gear and techniques as well
as occasional pieces on my walks and other outdoor topics. I also write
for other magazines, give illustrated talks and lead ski tours.
I was awarded the Outdoor
Award for Excellence for The Backpacker's Handbook
in 1993 and again in 1996, 1997 and 2008 for the features Snow
Place Like Home, on building snow shelters, Below
the Face of the Earth, on the Grand Canyon, and The Man Who Walked Through Time,
about Colin Fletcher, all of which
appeared in TGO magazine.
I am a member of the Society of Authors,
Writers' and Photographers' Guild and Writers and Photographers
Unlimited. I am also privileged to be Vice-President of the Backpacker's Club and,
from June 17 2007, President of the Mountaineering
Council of Scotland.