“Live life, don’t just exist”

The Secret Slopes of Snowdon | Trail magazine

Many people go to north Wales determined to climb Snowdon, especially if it’s for the first time. Some of the more confident among you may puff out your chests and brag about tackling the mountain by its notorious ridge, Crib Goch. Good for you. Your bragging rights are well deserved. From…

The Old Man of Coniston | winter walking | Trail magazine

If I went through the motions as many times as possible it would become natural. There would be nothing to worry about. It would be fine. It was nearly two years ago since I passed my winter skills course, and said skills were a little rusty. Nerves were getting the…

Long way down | Long Crag | Trail magazine

The map lied. Long Crag was not quite as small and inconsequential as it looked on paper. It loomed above me capped with grey cloud, and as I stood at the bottom contemplating what was about to come I decided that this was a misdeed I was not going to…

Brecon Beacons | Trail magazine

First question: why do you go to the mountains? I’m not sure about you, but they put me in my place. They’re pure escapism from daily life. Be it silence or howling wind and driving rain, they are raw, wild and pure, which allows me to experience being thankful and alive…

Malham Cove & Goredale Scar | Country Walking magazine

Have you ever loved somewhere so much that you just upped sticks and moved there? I don’t think that’s what Country Walking had in mind when they asked me to head up to the Yorkshire Dales for them, but that’s what happened. I lost a little bit of my heart to…