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In the Footsteps of Nan Shepherd

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Walk and talk with mountaineering comedian Andy Kirkpatrick and artist Simone Kenyon in the foothills of the Cairngorms

The Hielan' Way was once a well -trodden route that connected communities across the North East with Huntly. It was a vein, the main artery in the landscape that was vital to the people that lived and worked across the region.

This collaboration will explore and compare the autoethnographical approaches of Simone Kenyon's exploration of the Hielan' Way route and Andy Kirkpatrick's work as an author and speaker of his experiences as a mountaineer.

Andy Kirkpatrick is an experienced mountaineer who specialises in big wall climbing and winter expeditions as well as being a best-selling author. He is notoriously known for having scaled of one of the hardest walls in America, Yosemite's El Capitan, over 18 times and for undertaking one of the hardest climbs in Europe: a 15 day winter ascent of the West face of the Dru.

Simone Kenyon is a performance artist, curator and producer wo is exploring with us the historic and contemporary legacies of the Hielan' Way network this autumn and winter.

Start: 8 am, Huntly Square (return ca 8 pm)

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Walking Essentials:

What you need to bring for your walk:


  • backpack
  • sturdy walking boots and good socks
  • anorak, water proof trousers. No jeans please!
  • enough drink/water for a strenuous 6 hour walk (there is little/ no stream water on the route)
  • enough food for a 6 hour walk (we recommend some chocolate or other energy food)
  • sunscreen, hat (we are inScotland, prepare for all weather!)


  • OS map 419 (Grantown-on-Spey & Hills of Cromdale) and 420 (Coreen Hills & Glenlivet)
  • compass, phone, GPS (for your own safety)
  • blister plaster (you never know)
  • camera (to capture the views)
  • gaiters
  • walking poles

Weather: We are planning to walk in (almost) any weather. Please be prepared for the elements.

This event is now booked out. For places on the waiting list please contact Claudia ( Thank you!

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