Our third featured walker is another outstanding photographer, George Bisset. George kindly took some time to tell us more about his passion for both photography and walking.
What Got You Into Walking?
I climbed my first Mountain when I was 16 and had just joined the army. From there I was hooked and wherever we went on tour, I always looked for the highest ground and that’s where I would head on my days off.
What are Your Favourite Scottish Walks?
Sgurr A Mhaim & The Devils Ridge.
The drive up Glen Nevis is spectacular passing under the Ben etc. However, the route opens up allowing views over to Stob Ban & Aonach Mor and so on. When you reach the summit of Sgurr A Mhaim, the Devils Ridge opens up with views stretching out over the Mammores which are just breathtaking.
Where Can People Find Your Work?
You can find me on Facebook at Geo Bisset and on Youtube at Climbing Scotland.
Do You Have Any Advice for New Walkers?
Test your fitness on lower hills and build your ascent height matching your fitness level. You should also ensure that you have adequate navigational skills that will allow proper route finding in difficult situations. If things get to difficult, or you feel you are out of your comfort zone turn back the mountains will still be there on another day.
What is the Best Advice You Have Received?
Never ascend a route that in a difficult situation you may not be able to descend.
What are Your Top Walking Tips?
Plan your route with precision, ensuring you plan an escape route where possible. You should monitor conditions and ensure you are carrying the correct equipment for the challenge ahead.
Leave clear instructions with a family member i.e route and timings etc. But most importantly, a cut off point, if they have not heard from you then, they must contact emergency services and explain you have missed your check in time and pass on your route details. On top of that, however, make sure you enjoy your trips.
Top Tips for Taking Pictures of Landscapes
Your eyes will tell you when to click, capture the moment that takes your breath away.