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In 1997, Brian Johnson’s surgeon told him he would never walk again and recommended early retirement from his career as a physics and sports teacher! A couple of years later Brian was able to start playing bowls and return to very gentle walking and, in 2002, he thru-hiked the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington.
Since then Brian has done two more thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2700-mile round-Britain walk, a single summer compleation of the Munros and climbed all the Corbetts (Scotland’s 2500-3000ft mountains) and Grahams (Scotland’s 2000-2500ft mountains). In recent years he has concentrated on the Pyrenees and has completed ten traverses from Atlantic to Mediterranean on the Pyrenean High-Level Route, GR11 or GR10. While he was unable to walk Brian did many multi-week canoe tours in Sweden, France, Spain and Portugal and has also completed a 2200-mile cycle tour of Spain and France.
In his younger days, Brian’s main sport was orienteering, competing at a high level and coaching Bishop Wordsworth’s School and South-West Junior Orienteering squads. After a 25 year break Brian has been able to return to competitive orienteering. A keen climber and hiker, he led school groups in Britain and the Alps. Brian competed to a high standard at cricket, hockey, and chess, his crowning achievement was winning the 1995/96 World Amateur Chess Championships. He now concentrates on bridge.
Guidebook to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), an epic 2650 mile hike from California's Mexican border to Canada's British Columbia. One of the world's best hikes, the route passes through California, Oregon and Washington State, taking in the Mojave desert, High Sierras, Cascades and countless more wild mountains.
Guidebook to walking the GR10, the Sentier des Pyrénées, a 955km trek across the French Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer. The book describes 55 stages, with information on planning, transport, accommodation and facilities. Walk the entire GR10 in around 45 days or in shorter trips.
The GR11 is an 820km long-distance trek that traverses the Spanish Pyrenees from Irun on the Atlantic coast to Cap de Creus on the Mediterranean. Leading over high passes and through sweeping valleys, the 45 stages of the route often have better weather than its French counterpart - the GR10. Trekkers require experience of high mountains.
The guidebook describes walking routes up all 109 Corbetts north of the Great Glen (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains). From Ardgour to Cape Wrath including Knoydart, Applecross and Torridon, as well as Mull, Rum, Harris and Skye. For walkers who want interesting routes up these spectacular and lesser-known hills. Part of a 2-volume set.
Walking the Corbetts describes routes up all 112 Scottish Corbetts (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains) south of the Great Glen, covering the Southern Uplands, Southern Highlands, Cairngorms, Jura and Arran. These Scottish hills are every bit as interesting as the Munros, and often clear when the Munros are in cloud. Part of a 2-volume set.