Ian and I often hike together and he coined my nickname. Where did he get that from?
Every few years in my lifetime I would bop up a Munro or two with friends, followed or interspersed with lots of alcohol. Exhausting experiences!
Turning 50 saw the challenge of joining a team trekking to Machu Piccu via the Salkantay Trail – a brilliant experience. I would never have made it without Ian’s support in pre-hike training.
Finding myself in semi-retirement at 54, a weekly jaunt up the hills with Ian became a prerequisite of my life, along with many other things.
Ian, Garry and I completed the “Sidlaws Skyline“ in early ’21 in aid of prostate cancer research and in honour of Stuart. 2022 will see the challenge of the West Highland Way with the Band of Brothers & possibly Everest base camp.
I met Stuart many years ago through Ian. Stuart was a gentle and humorous man. I thoroughly enjoyed his company on three fantastic golf holidays. Copious amounts of beer and curry consumed, and hilarious stories from childhood shared.
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.
A return to Mount Keen for Ian and Grant – this time accompanied by Doug and Steve – but without the pecorino cheese.
Four Brothers ascend past Loch Brandy to the crash site of a wartime Wellington bomber, and Doug discovers eBoots on the descent.
Some Dundee based Brothers and Derek went for a training hike in the Sidlaws – a first outing for some. Did they all manage it?
Ian, Grant and Steve head to the Paps of Fife for the first training hike of the year. The photos don’t tell the full story.
Ian and Grant set off for Loch Brandy, and decide to continue on up The Snub. On the way, they encounter a superhero…
Grant and Ian set off on a day trip to the most easterly of the Munros – Mount Keen. The unrelenting climb to the top was just too much.
Ian and Grant set off to summit Mayar and Dreish – a 12 mile round trip. Following a poor start, things went from bad to worse.
Long before we had thoughts of the West Highland Way, Ian and Grant set off to conquer the three Munros of Beinn a’Ghlo.