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Paul on the steep main pitch of
'Royal Pardon' on Aoanach Beag.
Pimp Hey approaching Bruach na Frithe
at the northern end of the Cullin Ridge,
Isle of Skye.
Dave crossing the summit plateau of Tom na Gruagaich,
surrounded by the vast expanse of the Torridonian mountains.
North West Scotland.

Scotland Winter 2018  I'm based in Scotland throughout the winter and offering training in all things to do with Scottish winter climbing and winter mountaineering. I'm also available for guided days out. To arrange, just drop me an email or give me a call. You'll find prices and some further information on the bookings page.

New guidebook  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe. It should be on the shelves w/c 29th of Jan. You can pre-order the book from Northern Edge Books and have it posted to you as soon as it arrives from the printers

Scrambles guidebook  My first attempt at producing a book. It's a guide to 50 of the best mountain scrambles in North Wales and should appeal to anyone who likes biffing around in Snowdonia's mountains (whether that's climbing, walking or running). The book is available from all good independent book shops and outdoor shops, as well as online retailers such as the Guardian Bookshop and the BMC. Or it can be purchased directly from me via Northern Edge Books.

The book has sold well. Way beyond expectations. Now that it's into profit, all future sales revenue is going towards the next project.

Unfortunately I can't get my head around Amazon's business model. They're selling the book through their Marketplace at a 1p mark-up on trade price. Why bother for only a 1p profit per book? It serves no greater purpose other than to completely undermine the independent climbing shops and book shops. Despite this, there are still folk out there who continue to shun Amazon... a big thanks to everyone who's purchased locally or directly from me.

Blog  I wish I had the dedication to write a blog or to be honest, I just lack the quick literary skills that would make it anything worth bookmarking. I may get brave soon. I have got a Twitter account though, as 280 characters isn't too taxing.

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