The origin of my nickname is lost in the mists of time, but I was nicknamed “Puddleduck” at school.

My first experience of hill walking was as a teenager with the Boys Brigade (46th Company). Most Sundays throughout the Summer we would head to the hills for the day; the Angus Glens, the Sidlaws or the Hills of Fife. Weekend trips to Scott Lodge in Glen Doll gave us access to some of the best climbing in the area.

Football, running and golf took over in my twenties and early thirties. However, I picked up the hillwalking bug again and bagged one or two Munros along the way. I have continued to enjoy hillwalking ever since, albeit at lower levels in recent years.

I am looking forward to the challenge of the WHW, and meeting old friends. What could be better than enjoying the camaraderie and raising money for a good cause?

Doug’s Walks

Almost Jock’s Road

The final long training day before the actual Hike – 15 miles across the Cairgorms down Jock’s Road. Well, that was the original plan, but Storm Arwen had wreaked havoc on the forests making our original route impassable.
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Loch Brandy Revisited

The first of three hikes over the Bank Holiday weekend was a visit to Loch Brandy. The first time for two of us, for others a reacquaintance. Perhaps not a total success, but a good test of climbing endurance.
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The Magnificent Seven

Seven Brothers assembled for a longer training hike from Tullybaccart. They covered a good distance, but again things didn’t go to plan.
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Mount Keen (The Grand Old Duke of York March)

A return to Mount Keen for Ian and Grant – this time accompanied by Doug and Steve – but without the pecorino cheese.
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The Bomber (and the discovery of Doug’s eBoots)

Four Brothers ascend past Loch Brandy to the crash site of a wartime Wellington bomber, and Doug discovers eBoots on the descent.
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ABC with STV

STV filmed the Brothers as they went for their third training hike in four days, to Auchterhouse, Balkello and Craigowl (ABC).
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Bigfoot in the Sidlaws?

A cold and misty hike in the Sidlaws gave us the opportunity to test out some tech. But were there other creatures around?
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A First for Some

Some Dundee based Brothers and Derek went for a training hike in the Sidlaws – a first outing for some. Did they all manage it?
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