Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

Adventures with Dad

By Anna Wells
16, Jun, 2018

Early trips into the outdoor with the family led to a love that even topped Disneyland!

“Dad’s gone crazy!” I thought. “Why is he making me pack so many jumpers on this beautiful sunny day?”, wondered 7-year-old me. It was mid summer and we were off to walk up our first munro, the mighty Cairngorm! Several hours later I was stood happily on the summit with my dad and brother. It was cold and misty and suddenly all the jumpers made sense. 

Outdoor trips were quite rare during my childhood, but dad was central to all of them. Each one lit a spark and I grew up with a fire in my belly wanting more. At 12 I declared a weekend camping on Skye as “better than Disneyland” (which is a big deal because I LOVE Disneyland!). Dad taught me how to read maps and use a compass and perhaps most importantly he taught me to respect this wild and unforgiving environment.

He also passed on his competitive spirit; I rememeber the day we walked up Ben Nevis and every person who appeared on the horizon became a target to catch and overtake. At the time I was infuriated by this constant need-for-speed but at some point in time I clearly became infected! 

My favourite memory with dad was ten years ago when we climbed the inaccessible pinnacle together. He had always talked about The Black Cuillin as a wild dangerous place where you must only venture with a mountain guide, but somehow at the age of 18 I convinced him that we could tackle this together! I think there was an unspoken agreement that essentially dad would get us to the base of the pinnacle, and I would get us up it! We left Inverness at about 2am because we were determined to “beat the crowds” but on the approach we found ourselves in thick mist with zero visibility and became a little overwhelmed. With heavy hearts we agreed to descend. However, shortly afterwards the mist began to clear and after a pensive snooze on the hillside we decided to head back up! The Inaccessible Pinnacle came into view as a steep abrupt tower and I think dad nearly passed out in shock! But, by the time we made it round to the base and unpacked our gear it was turning into a beautiful sunny day and our confidence was flying high.

Dad did a great job following up the climb (maybe some excessive use of crawling) and soon we were at the summit! Of course the adventure was not over yet. First our abseil ropes got stuck and then we made a route error on the descent and ended up halfway down the bottomless stone chute!! By the time we made it down to Coire Lagan the sun was hot and high so we enjoyed a celebratory swim. It was the perfect adventure and I'm so lucky I got to share it with dad. 

Since then, we have climbed most of the Cuillin together. I think it is really cool that we have shared a two-way relationship in the mountains and I’ve been able to give something back to dad in terms of scrambling. Last year he finished all the Munros! I used to be adamant that Munro bagging was totally uncool, however I think dad must have subliminally inspired me here too, because I’ve suddenly found myself planning a Munro-round! I am eternally grateful that dad has passed on me to his passion for the mountains and I look forward to sharing many more adventures together.

  • Google+

In pictures

1 Comment

Share your thoughts about this article.

Love it

Love this story, my daughter is 14 and I am trying to encourage more outdoor activities. Not ready for Cuillin though.....

Daring Deeds

A Pyrenean Playground
Customer Story
Adventure Training at Alpkit
Proper training in the outdoors
Katie Tunn’s love letter to her gear
A few of her favourite things
Taking on the Three Peaks Challenge
The three highest peaks in the UK in one day.
A bloody long way North
Pete Whittaker takes of along on his bloody long trip
Five Ben Nevis Ridges in a Day
A new take on some Scottish classics
Serra da Estrela - Our Backyard
Daniela & Paulo tell us about their local haunts
The Magic of the Valley Blanche
Anna Wells is making the most of the ski season

More from Deeds


Welcoming Walkers
Supporting Hayfield Walkers are Welcome
Walking Through Winter
Helping young walkers all year round
Join us for the long easter weekend.
come along and catch nature off guard this weekend.
Competition Winners Begin Their Adventure
Winners of the Boulder Adventure competition depart on their trip
Vision of Adventure
Big pillow auction funds go to Vision of Adventure
So what is adventure?
A question of adventure
Erb’s Palsy Group Go Climbing
Climbing and caving experience day for children with Erb's Palsy
Alpkit Adventure Weekender
Join us in store for an adventure filled weekend

More from News


What’s so Genius About the Jeanius and Sequence Jeans?
Designer Ronnie discusses denim development
Illuminating our Head Torch Development
Developing a new range of head torches
Bags more packs in our range
New packs for you to put your kit in
Gripping Developments In Gloves
A whole new glove range: the inside story
Our New Gaiter Range
Spreading foot happiness, one gaiter at a time: the why, the how, and the what?
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
Designing the Argonaut Jacket
Creating premium performance without the price-tag
UK-made climbing packs
Developing Ibex and Chamois

More from Develop


What’s So Wonderful About Wool?
Nature's technical fibre
How to Choose a Down Jacket
A handy guide to down jackets
How to choose a head torch
Buyer's guide: which is the best head torch for you?
Hillwalking Kit List
Tips and advice for walking clothes and equipment
Cuillin Ridge Traverse: Ten Top Tips
Tips to stay safe on the Cuillin Ridge Traverse
Know your Navigation
Take the right path
Where to Climb in the Peak District
Peak District Climbing Venues
Top Ten Things to Take Out on the Hills This Winter
Tom Ripley gives us his winter walking kit list

More from Spotlight


More from Kudos

Be the first to hear about our newest products and promotions

Join AlpCol's Espresso newsletter for that hit of Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Greatness


By adding your email you consent to our terms and conditions