A Little About Me

As a 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 photography.

I am the author of twenty-four books, most 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 a regular column on backpacking and 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 Writers' Guild Award for Excellence for The Backpacker's Handbook in 1993 and again in 1996, 1997, 2008, 2014 and 2015  for the features Snow Place Like Home, on building snow shelters;  Below the Face of the Earth, on the Grand Canyon; The Man Who Walked Through Time, about Colin Fletcher; Tarps & Shelters, a review of different models and hpw to use them; and High & Wild about the Cairngorms in winter. All of these were published in TGO magazine.

I am a member of the Society of Authors and the Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild. I am also privileged to be Vice-President of the Backpacker's Club and a former President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. I am currently a Trustee of the John Muir Trust.

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