I was born in Burnley in Lancashire and then grew up on Merseyside. At 16 I left for London and an engineering apprenticeship with British Airways. Four years later I moved to Manchester and later into Cheshire. After forty years there working mainly at Manchester Airport, but also other UK and foreign airports I retired to Fort William. I had been visiting and exploring the Lochaber area every year since 2005 and fell in love with it all. I completed my first round of the Munro’s in 2016, a major achievement for me in my later years and living in England at the time. Now I get to enjoy the great outdoors all the time living in Lochaber.