About me

I’m Sam – a freelance mountain leader with a love of all things outdoorsy.

I was born into a family of hill walkers and hence it was only inevitable that the mountains would become a particular passion of mine. For as long as I remember I’ve been hill walking – my first time up Moel Siabod was when I was aged 5 and my first time up Snowdon was when I was aged 7. My favourite outdoors pastime is the somewhat eccentric sport of fell running, though I dabble in everything from climbing to mountain biking.

Away from the mountains, I’m a PhD physicist at Lancaster University and I enjoy balancing my outdoors life against my research into semiconductor quantum dots. The mountains aren’t my only interest; I play a multitude of different instruments and enjoy other sports such as cycling, tennis and squash as well.

I leave you with one of my favourite quotes, from John and Anne Nuttall’s Mountains of England and Wales (Volume II: England):

There are too many mountains ever to tire of repeating them, there are too many seasons ever to tire of the weather and there are too many wild and beautiful places ever to tire of exploration.

Early morning on the ascent to Stony Cove Pike from the Kirkstone Pass

Early morning on the ascent to Stony Cove Pike from the Kirkstone Pass

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