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Tom Martens

Tom Martens grew up in Belgium and first visited the Pyrenees in 2008 with a friend who had made him enthusiast about the mountain chain. This first exploration was so enchanting that he has been back every year since then. He has hiked extensively in the national parks and has traversed the whole length of the Pyrenees several times. He has guided groups of youngsters on long, intensive hikes and climbed many of the peaks in the Pyrenees. So far, he has spent 300 nights in the Pyrenees, mostly bivouacking. He has a special interest in mountain wildlife. Other regions where you can often find him hiking include Scotland and Estonia, where he currently lives.

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Des Clark

Des Clark is a qualified International Mountain Leader who has his permanent home in southern Morocco, close to the High Atlas mountains. Here he runs his own mountaineering and trekking business, guiding trips in winter, spring and autumn throughout the Atlas range. He has climbed extensively in Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, the Alps, Pyrenees and Andes, but reserves a special fondness for his High Atlas home.

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Alan Mattingly

Alan Mattingly was director of the Ramblers' Association from 1974 to 1998. He has also held various other posts in the outdoor field, including that of chairman of the Council for National Parks. He is now based in a small town in the eastern Pyrenees which lies just below the 9,000ft Pic du Canigou. When not exploring the Pyrenees on foot, Alan writes and also teaches English. He is author of Walks in the Cathar Region published by Cicerone.

Freakley Viv

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Vivien Freakley

For many years it was weekends in Derbyshire, long weekends in Snowdonia, weeks in the Lake District and summer holidays in the Pyrenees, Alps and Rockies that provided the antidote to academic life in the midlands. The discovery of a little known winter walking area in Southern Catalunya in 2005 brought a new project.

Mark Houghton

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Mark Houghton

Mark Houghton first got a taste for adventure when he ran his first half marathon in 2013 Since then he's walked 450 miles solo from northern France to Lancaster. He then went to the Pyrenees where he walked 550km of the GR10 with only a 7kg rucksack. More recently he ran the 81 mile Bay Cycleway in 3 days. HIs passions include wild camping, mountain walking, running and canoeing.

He is currently renovating a narrowboat.

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Alan Hall

Alan Hall was an experienced walker and full-time writer and photographer. Author of ten books on the outdoors, he was the author of several Cicerone guides, including 'The Border Country – A Walker's Guide' and 'Walks in the Lammermuirs'. Alan explored many parts of the Pyrenees, Italy and Sri Lanka, plus some 20 Greek islands, of which Crete was his favourite island.

Kate Williams

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Kate Williams

Kate Williams is a freelance writer, editor and translator. She has followed what is forgivingly described these days as a ‘spiral career’, working as a furniture restorer, auctioneer, English teacher, PA and communications officer before realising words were her true love. She enjoys travel, particularly when it offers hiking opportunities, and has trekked the Andes, New Zealand and the Pyrenees, and worked in Spain and Japan. On being made redundant in 2004, she left England for Barcelona and never looked, or came, back. She lives with her boyfriend and two dogs and also enjoys kayaking and wild swimming.

www.thewriterstuff.com

Bloo Anderson

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Bloo Anderson

Bloo is a pilot who had a 40-year career in military and civil aviation around the world. As an outdoors person with a love of hiking he has walked on four continents, exploring places like the rivers of Brunei, sea lochs and glaciers of New Zealand, Wadi Qelt from Jerusalem to Jericho in Palestine, and the mountains of Arizona, New Mexico and British Columbia. His more recent discoveries have been trails in Western Europe, including the GR11 of the Pyrenees, the GR7 in Southern Spain and the pilgrim trails (Camino)s across France and Spain. The Camino Mozárabe was his 2017 adventure.

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Richard Miller

Born on Jersey, Richard Miller first discovered a love of high places among New Zealand's Southern Alps. His passion for travel and exploring has since led to walking, scrambling, mountaineering and climbing across the globe. Latterly, having discovered the pleasures of continental Europe, he has focused on the Alps and Pyrenees.
Like many Brits, his first experience of a via ferrata was in the towering spires of the Italian Dolomites. Having found it much to his liking, he set about visiting as many via ferratas as he could and soon discovered a burgeoning number of new routes across Western Europe.

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Alison Raju

Alison Raju was a former teacher of French, German and Spanish to adults and was the author of three other guides published by Cicerone Press, now out of print: 'Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago): Pyrenees - Santiago - Finisterre', 'Vía de la Plata (Seville to Santiago)' and 'The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros (Way of St. Olav): Oslo - Trondheim'.

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Brian Johnson

Since taking early retirement from his career as a physics and sports teacher, Brian Johnson has found time for three thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2700-mile round-Britain walk, three hikes across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean as well as a single summer compleation of the Munros and has climbed all the Corbetts in Scotland. He has also completed a 2200-mile cycle tour of Spain and France and done multi-week canoe tours in Sweden, France, Spain and Portugal. A keen climber and hiker, he has led school groups in Britain, the Alps, the Pyrenees and California and has completed ten traverses from Atlantic to Mediterranean on the Pyrenean High-Level Route, GR11 or GR10. As a fanatical sportsman and games player, he has competed to a high standard at cricket, hockey, bridge and chess. His crowning achievement was winning the 1995/96 World Amateur Chess Championships.

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Kev Reynolds

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.

Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.

James Cox

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James Cox

James Cox is a full-time IT Consultant in the field of document management. As both a father and grand-father, he has substantial family commitments. But it's not all work and no play: he's a weekend warrior who heads out on his bike, on foot or by snowboard into the mountains.

Chrystal

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Tom Chrystal

Tom Chrystal was born in Huntly, north-east Scotland, and began walking in the eastern Grampians of his native Aberdeenshire. He has walked in over 30 mountain and wilderness areas in 15 countries. Beáta Dósa was born in Mezkövesd in north-east Hungary and is a freelance interpreter and translator. She has enjoyed walking throughout her life.

Freakley Phil

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Philip Freakley

Mountains have been an essential counter-balance to busy academic careers for Philip & Vivien for many years and the opportunity to live among mountains was one that could not be resisted.

Terry Adby

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Terry Adby

Terry Adby is a freelance writer and experienced hillwalker, who has aspired to and undertaken many aspects of mountaineering, while Stuart Johnston is co-author of a best-selling mountain skills handbook, and is a leading mountain skills trainer at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms.

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Alan Castle

Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.

Carroll Dorgan

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Carroll Dorgan

Carroll Dorgan has lived in many countries: born and educated in the United States, he taught history in international schools in Iran, Belgium, England and France, and then practiced law in the Netherlands and France. His first project after retiring was to hike the entire GR5, from Hoek van Holland to Nice. He then wrote a guidebook for the Northern GR5, published by Cicerone: The GR5 Trail – Benelux and Lorraine.