Thursday 18 th November - Porteous Juniper Green - 7.30 pm
Craig Weldon
The Weekend Fix
Craig studied aerospace engineering and computing before moving to the Scottish Parliament as a senior analyst. But what makes his life worthwhile is the outdoors. Since his teens he’s been fascinated with the outdoors, and used to sit in classes at school looking longingly out the windows at distant hills. But he wasn’t allowed to visit them alone, and nobody else he knew was interested. Then one glorious day, without telling anybody, he rode his bike up Glen Fruin and climbed the green sunlit ridge of Beinn a’ Chaorach. At the top a rolling sea of hills unfurled, from Ben Lomond that he recognised, to new unknown ranges. He just had to explore a little further and discover the prospect from those distant summits. He got hooked. He will enthuse about exploring Scotland in all its glories: whether it is in the form of outdoor pursuits, Scottish history, or by opening our eyes to nature, and how to enjoy the hills and, more importantly, how not to. His book tells of his coming of age on hills all around the British Isles, especially the Munros, all of which he’d bagged before he was 23. His talk will include the superb pictures he’s taken over the years. With his friends he braved the high peaks and ridges of the Cuillins and the lower tops of Gloucestershire, wild Welsh farmers and even wilder Highland midges. Sometimes hilarious, occasionally dangerous, more often wet, one thing was for certain: tackling the hills was never boring! His book The Weekend Fix has just been updated and republished.
Monday 15 th - Monday 22 nd November