- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd (1 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905207263
- ISBN-13: 978-1905207268
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,529,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Weekend Fix Paperback – 1 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Craig Weldon was born in 1974 in Glasgow. He has been a student, an engineer, a submersible pilot, a songwriter and failed music studio owner, an itinerant temp worker, a technical editor, and a public servant - but the one steady thread has been his love of the hills and his hill-walking companions. Introduced by Hamish Brown.
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Anyone who has bagged more than a handful of Munros, will be hit with a sharp note of familiarity as they read about hills they themselves have bagged. Throughout the book, I found myself nodding and smiling, thinking to myself: "Yep, done that one. And that one". Even the hills that I haven't yet bagged, the author manages to transport you there with his descriptions - not so much of the landscape, but rather with the `experience' of walking in the great Scottish outdoors.
"The Weekend Fix" is packed full of humorous wee anecdotes, which any hill-walker will be able to relate to. I particularly enjoyed reading about "burning off" other hill-walkers. (Thank goodness! I had thought it was only me who suffered from that particular ego-problem on the hill.)
The short `chapters' make this an ideal book for reading in short bursts (for example on the train to/from work each day?) Reading it like this has only whetted my appetite further for getting out into the hills.
A friend wrote to me, 'I found myself nodding in agreement all the way through [the view from Rois Bheinn, his mood on Gulvain, his search for the summit of my local Marilyn, Hutton Roof Crags]. Some superbly sensitive descriptive writing - I was quite taken by surprise on page 178 - peppered with laugh out loud moments [Billinge Hill]. So for me, the best hill read since Richard Askwith's Feet in the Clouds and before that Hamish Brown's classic books.
Hamish Brown has given the book a tremendous introduction and, I agree with James (above), this is a book that can sit beside his own with its head held high. It is divided into seven parts, including 'Furth of Scotland' and (for the first time in a hillwalking book) 'The Marilyns'. Each short piece is headed with the name of the hill, a pronunciation guide (where required), elevation and OS reference, and a description such as 'the compleationist'. Each section also has a hand drawn map and these bring their own special charm.
Similar books from the same publisher are At The Edge: Walking the Atlantic Coast of Ireland and Scotland (Non-Fiction),Between Weathers: Travels in 21st Century Shetland (Non-Fiction),Cairngorm John: A Life in Mountain Rescue (Non-Fiction)
Captures the sense of hillwalking and makes me want to get out there.
"It was a long wet slog and, on the summit ridge, a wet, battered crawl thanks to the wind and stinging, ferocious rain . . . what was I doing wasting my time climbing some random hill, miles from anywhere, in appalling weather?"
There may be many of you who have asked yourself this same question. But how many of you also have a favourite OS map, have slept in freezing car parks to be closer to the hill or driven with your head sticking out of the window because the windscreen has frozen over in the remote parts of Scotland? Someone who has done all these things and more is Craig Weldon, with this book providing an entertaining account of his life told through various adventures in the hills.
Well written and full of humour, the book is separated into different periods in the author's life from university days to his mid-thirties, with each chapter split into one to two pages per walk. Although a book to be enjoyed by anyone, it is probably best appreciated by those who share the author's love of hill walking, particularly those who understand the feeling of escape that comes from leaving it all behind - if only for a weekend `fix'.