It was my pal S J Axtell who introduced me to hill walking in the Peak District whilst we were yet to reach our teenage years. Then after a weeklong school trip Youth Hostelling in the Lake District, and a week camping in Aviemore, I was happy to continue playing football throughout my teens, up until reaching my late twenties. Returning to hill walking by the age of 28, I began rock climbing on Stanage Edge about three years later. Leaving out my 46 Expeds to the mountains of Scotland which are covered in another volume, the Peak District is where I have spent the greater part of my outdoor life. Wandering and climbing the Derbyshire hills, sometimes arriving home late at night, the idea eventually popped into my head of not only being prepared to spend a night out there in the open if I had to, but to make a night out on the hill a primary objective. And so began a series of "Bivouacs and Other Nocturnal Wanderings," some of those that I remember, I have recounted here.
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