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Climbing Down

Hardback (168pp)
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Long distance walks in the Scottish, Welsh and English hills — but in manageable chunks. Wilson makes an entertaining companion. Once he was fit enough for the Bob Graham Round (see Macc & the Art of Long Distance Walking), now he‘s the victim of a crumbling hip. So, he breaks the walks into sections and, instead of calling on a shuttle-service of friends with cars, takes to public transport.

The walks include an Alternative Snowdon Horseshoe, a Scottish Coast to Coast and the Yorkshire Centurion, as well as several Peak District rounds. And a new, gentler activity is proposed for the compulsive list-ticker: island-bagging. Wilson‘s experiences are recounted in his own inimitable style, with the usual eccentric digressions into topics such as coffin roads and cut-hopping, Munros and mobile phones, solo climbing and slippered pigs.

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Graham Wilson's climbing career began on the crags of the North East in the 1950s but it was not until he retired as Head of English at the King's School in Macclesfield that he started to write about his long acquaintance with the British hills. Since then, he has had seven 'outdoor' books published, as well as a collection of short stories, a study of Shakespeare and an appraisal of English rugby. His book A Rope of Writers was short-listed for the Boardman Tasker Prize.

He is an ardent Sunderland supporter and was also for many years an English Schools rugby selector. He has live in Macclesfield with his wife Trisha for over 40 years.

  • Title: Climbing Down
  • Author: Graham Wilson
  • Imprint: Millrace Outdoor
  • ISBN: 9781902173122
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  • Publication date: 2002
  • Edition: First
  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 170mm x 120mm
  • Extent: 168pp, B&W text
  • Weight: 320g
  • Retail price: £14.95
  • Title: Climbing Down
  • Author: Graham Wilson
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
  • ISBN: 9781906148966
  • Publication date: 20/02/2014
  • Price: £4.99

'You get the sense that, after a day on the hill, an evening spent in the company of Graham Wilson over a few pints of decent beer would be one of warmth, considerable erudition, perhaps the occasional mild disagreement and not a little laughter ... '
Kevin Borman, High magazine

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