During the last two years at school I spent as much time as possible either in Wales climbing hills or playing football. More character building came in the form of typically wet and windy Welsh weather, missed busses/trains therefore having to sleep in bus stops and occasionally on train platforms over night!
On one occasion me and my friend (Rob) spent 12 days in Wales carrying what I would now describe as ridiculously heavy rucksacks with nothing more than cheap, semi-waterproof gear to stay dry, yet we still managed through sheer determination to climb over 30 hills that trip.
I ventured further afield in search of more mountains.. Going on to climb England’s highest mountain Scafell pike (978m) on a multi hill trip to the lake district in 1999. Then headed to Fort William in 2000 and climbed Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis (1345m) along with many British mountains along the way accompanied by Rob.
In 2004 when I was 21, Me and Rob headed to Tenerife to climb Mount Teide (3718m) Spain’s highest mountain which was also a great success. Ireland’s highest Carrauntoohil (1038m) followed in 2005 along with a solo trip to climb Northern Ireland’s highest mountain Slieve Donard (850m) in 2006.
I became a self employed roofer that year and this flexibility with time allowed me to pursue my desire to climb mountains as often as I liked due to the unlimited flexibility. Although at that time my travelling became more focused on sightseeing.
A few years ago, I became a member on Flyertalk, Which lead me in the direction of super cheap flights! Which still remains the backbone of me being able to travel around Europe and the world at a very low cost. I therefore started doing more country high points but still without really having the aim to climb 100 country high points, these included;