I split my work time between developing my second career as an artist, and my first career in the financial services industry as a freelance project manager. I needed something very different to do to counterbalance what can be quite stressful times at work. Having enjoyed walking in my early twenties, but then let it lapse, I re-discovered it in 2005 when the IT department I worked in wanted to form a team to do the UK 3 Peaks Challenge. People often moan about the effect the 3 Peaks has on the local areas involved, all of which is clearly valid, but it can also be the catalyst for a love of the mountains. The latter was very much the case for me – so much so that I reached the point where I rebuilt my work life to fit around the hills. Art came later, as a means to record my time in the hills, but has increasingly become the motivation itself to go to the hills.
I completed the Wainwrights in 2015 and am now working on my second round. My first round was special in that all 214 fells were ticked off without the use of a car, and almost all of them were also done solo (just 3 left to revisit solo).
My blog is mainly written for me, a record to look back on in future years, so you may or may not like what’s here – I’m not too bothered, if you like it you’ll carry on reading, if not you won’t, that’s fine.
If you’re interested in the art side of things, then you can find me at matthewkingarts.com and as @matthewkingarts on all good social media sites.