Â· What’s the highest mountain you’ve climbed?
I have climbed virtually no mountains. This pains me! The highest I’ve been is “near the top of Illimani” but we had to turn back when my pal got altitude sickness.
Â· What’s your nickname?
Al? This interview isn’t going very well so far, is it!
Â· Funniest thing you’ve seen on a hill?
A friend getting such bad buttock chafing that he decided to try my facetious suggestion of lubricating with a banana…
Â· Have you ever Googled yourself?
Â· You’re in a pub. What’s on the menu?
Steak! Chips. Don’t bother with the veg…
Â· Who would play you in a movie about your life?
I’d love to say Brad Pitt. But more people thing I look like Boris Johnson…
Â· What was the last book you read?
The Right Stuff – Tom Woolfe
Â· What tastes best on the hill?
Â· What’s scarier, heights or sharks?
Heights. (Refer to answer 1)
Â· What’s your favourite animal?
Â· What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
Elephant. Not really… Balut in the Philippines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut_(food))
Â· Weirdest place you’ve slept?
Sewage pipes on 3 continents.
Â· Most expensive piece of kit you own?
Canon 5D Mkii, and an Alpacka packraft.
Â· If you had to do a ‘real job’, what would it be?
Â· Wild camp or posh hotel?
I’ll pick a posh hotel, please! Anyone can wild camp in wonderful, beautiful places any night they choose. A posh hotel is therefore a more novel and unattainable treat.
Â· Which celeb would you like to share a tent with?
Bruce Springsteen. I’m intrigued by anyone who keeps their passion, quality of output, and integrity over a long career.
Â· Scafell Pike, Snowdon or Ben Nevis?
Scafell Pike. I’m English, proud of it, and I love Wasdale.
Â· Who’s your mountaineering hero?
Felice Benuzzi, or Mark Twight (Kiss or Kill was one of my formative books)
Â· When were you last naked outdoors?
Yesterday. And I will be again tomorrow.
Â· Who’s your most famous friend?
I hate, hate people being labelled “famous”. I do loads of talks in schools and kids often ask if I am famous or a celebrity. Yuk. Sorry for the curmudgeonly answer!
Â· How much is a pint of tea at Pete’s Eats?
The last few times I’ve been there I’ve managed to dodge the bill!
Â· Your ultimate mountain day in three words…
Sunrise. Swim. Mates.
This interview originally appeared in Trail Magazine.