December 31 - the best of 2017

Here follows a look back at some images I've taken this year, mostly from visits to Scotland and the Lake District. With our little girl growing up fast free time with the camera felt in short supply, but looking back I feel quite happy with what I managed. It feels like photographs of mountains often get a bit sniffed at these days, but it's where I love to be and so is reflected in the trips I make. The year kicked off with a winter skills course near Glencoe, with fellow photographers Guy Richardson and Harsharn Gill. Spot the walker in the bottom left shot...

A month later I was back in Scotland for a short solo trip to Bridge of Orchy and a wild camp on Stob Ghabhar. This trip really pushed me mentally and physically, but despite the wild winds and blinding spindrift I enjoyed a spectacular sunset on top, with these two images taken 20 minutes apart. I then descended in the dark to my tent which I had pitched halfway up.

I barely shot a frame during the summer months, but two family trips to the Lake District allowed me a bit of time in the hills. The top image is the view towards Crinkle Crags from a night in a bivvy on Pike O'Blisco and below is heather on Kings How, in Borrowdale.

Here are two film shots I took this year, the left is a nature reserve I often walk in a few minutes from home and the right is from Borrowdale, the day Saharan dust turned the sky red.

I made it back to Scotland in November, after taking the chance to get out in fresh snow and good conditions. I decided to park in Glen Nevis and head up Stob Ban and came away with two of my favourite images of the year.

And the year was rounded off with a 24 hour trip to the Lake District with a friend. We slept in Warnscale Bothy, with temperatures dropping to -6, before spending 12 hours on the fells walking around Ennerdale and back.

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