The Start of Something…

“Many thanks for your application for the 38th Great Outdoors Challenge. We are delighted to inform you that you have a place on the 2017 Event,” appeared at the start of an email I, and over 300 others, received one day in early November. It threw me into an immediate panic.

A Night in Holyrood Park

Somewhere behind me the sun was falling headlong towards the horizon as I walked down the Royal Mile. First stop was Sainsbury’s to pick up my hilltop supper, followed by the chip shop where I fuelled myself for the next few hours. I arrived at the bottom of the Mile and paused a few moments…

Stranded

I knew it was going to be windy, and I expected the flight home from Edinburgh to be a bit bumpy, but the captain’s announcement that City Airport was shut was not what I wanted to hear. Especially as we were pretty much in the air over my house at the time. Worse, all of…

An Urban Nano Adventure

Adventure is relative. It completely depends on what your “normal” is. For those people we think of as adventurers, their normal would be considered extreme by most people, yet for some people walking to the shops in the rain would be an adventure. My normal is somewhere between the two, but I’d like to think…

Ennui in Edinburgh

Ennui, noun : a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement. Yep, that sounds about right. With a forecast 14 weeks of working away in Edinburgh spread over several months, this was always going to be a bit of an ordeal. Living in a hotel; working long hours, typically 7am…

On the Zig Zags

UK Three Peaks (2005): Ben Nevis

Friday 15 July 10:30  Amazingly, we set off only half an hour late, which we put down to our strategy of telling Rik an earlier time than the rest of us.  We all assembled in Wembley, because there was a tube station, but also because that was where we were picking the minibus, that would…