Enjoy the Outdoors more make it a family affair! More great advice from Mountaineering Scotland

I have always tried to encourage young people and families to get out on the hills and wild places. I was lucky as I was introduced at an early age by my parents . We had great holidays and adventures to Arran and climbing the hills and enjoying the coast and the rivers. We had little kit but these were the days that meant so much to me. Mum and Dad gave us great rewards on the hill Dad would always have a huge bar of Cadbury’s chocolate and sweets. Whenever possible we would have Chips on the way home a huge treat. These are special memories.

Arran late 50’s with my sister and brother.

Yet at times I feel that some folk though are pushing their kids on the hills. Make sure it’s fun for them it’s not an ego trip for you. You want them to have the love of the wild places for life ! Not put them off. You do that by taking it easy and not setting the day based on your ambitions? Make the day fun stop and enjoy it with them. Watch the weather and make it an adventure. My father would tell me the tales of the hills and help me appreciate nature.

Top tip – From Pete Greening “And try and pick sweets/treats that have little, or no, wrapping. Maybe make a “bag of joy” – a ziplock freezer bag full of sweets/nuts/dried fruit/chocolate. This reduces the chance of leaving litter on the hill.”

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Enjoy the Outdoors more make it a family affair! More great advice from Mountaineering Scotland

  1. Jim Higgins says:

    I love the picture and the sandles. I called them caramac soles. When I was 11 yrs old my School run a day trip to Arran for the whole school. 6 Double decker busses left Stewarton for the trip. Because I was in primary 7 at the time I wasnt allowed on the Goatfell group so I chose bird watching instead. My mother decided to dress me like little little lord pontleroy in her own words, regardless of my protestations that we were going on a field trip and had to dress appropriately. The sandles were wet before we got on the bus at Brodick. On the most hellish wet day our field trip took the path to the fallen rocks near Sanox then went off road and crossed the hill moor to the bridge on north Glen Sanox. My sandles fell apart in the sphagnum moss. Mother wasnt too happy but took heed of parental advice from the school from there on. In my future days as a mountain leader I always had fun refering to the look on my mothers face as I came home.

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