Who Am I?
An ex Falklands, Rhodesia veteran, police firearms officer, sniper, karate 1st dan, teacher, runner, canoeist, kayaker, hiker, climber, triathlete and avid traveller. I live in the beautiful Brecon Beacons in South Powys, Wales in the UK.
I have been retired from the police since 2010. Since that time I have been a freelance outdoor professional. I have dedicated my free time to travel and mountain trips. The purpose of this website and mountain blog is to link it to my travels and my goal lists which are quite extensive. In the main my goals are as follows;
Wales - My aim is to hike around Wales, to hike it North to South, East to West, to cycle the same, to hike all of its Nuttalls. Marilyns and Hewitts. To finish off I intend to sea kayak around Wales and visit all of its islands.
101 World Country High Points - My aim is to hike or climb is to hike or climb 101 highest peaks out of the 253 countries of the world. 256 Including Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
193 UN Sovereign States - My aim is to visit as many of the world's 193 UN designated sovereign states.
In addition I intend to avail myself and the information provided on this website as a free source of reference to all and sundry.
Well there you are. I am going to be busy!
I have hiked and climbed extensively in the past but in the days when using a gps device was not so commonplace. In regard to this blogsite unless the journey is recorded by gps then it will not be included. All ascents are primarily recorded by a GPS device and then automatically uploaded to my travel accounts namely Wikiloc and Kamoot. Routes are then cross loaded onto my ViewRanger and Peakbagger accounts to further record the ascents in an OS format and to record the peaks by way of a formal list. All of the aforementioned sites have a route search and gpx download capability but I find the best download site is Wikiloc as it has the facility to download compact gpx files with only 500 track points. This allows any route to be uploaded to any web based mapping system or gps device which have trackpoint limits. The gpx files available on all sites are the routes I have actually taken on that particular peak with any associated diversions. Should you have any problems with any downloads or wish further information then please contact me.
My Recording Forums - Links take you to my homepages.
Peakbagger - Is my primary peak bagging site which has a multitude of world wide and UK ascent lists. I embed Peakbagger lists within the thread of this site. However it has very limited photo uploading facilities, normally one per entry.
Wikiloc - Is a world wide multi activity travelogue site which I use as a route resource and for logging my monthly and annual hiking statistics . This also has limited photo upload facilities (6 per entry).
Kamoot - This is also a world wide multi activity travelogue site. I now use Kamoot as my primary travelogue site as it has infinite and easy to use photo upload facilities and geo tags them to their taken locations.
ViewRanger - Is a world wide mapping website that is excellent for as a mapping and route obtaining resource. There are many other excellent sites such as Outdoor Gps and the OS but ViewRanger is the only site that has access to OS quality maps for when I travel overseas.
I also have ambitions of completing quite a few long distance bike touring journeys over the next few years at home and abroad. There are a number of journeys I wish to complete, these include a circumnavigation of Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. I also want to cycle across the US on the Southern Tier Route and to complete the Pacific Coast trail. While I am at it I hope to complete cycle trips from Cairo to Cape Town and from Venezuela to Argentina at some stage. Eventually I aim to cycle round the world either in sections or in one continuous journey.
Trips to come
Note: Covid has stopped all of my overseas travel objectives since early 2020. As we speak things are easing up somewhat as we come to the end of 2021. I am also waiting for delivery of a cut to fit 'Jack' bike from Laverack cycles which I will take delivery of mid 2022. As it stands my forthcoming cycling objectives are as follows;
* Late 2022 - To cycle around Wales following the general line of the Taff Trail, Offas Dyke Path and Lon Las North to South route taking in the Welsh three peaks of Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan.
*Late 2022 - To cycle around the UK taking in the five highest peaks in each country/region of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
*Spring 2023 - To cycle the Southern Tier route from Florida to California.