Name: Desmond Preston
Joined the Ramblers: September 2003 as part of getting fit after heart surgery and in preparation for a charity trek in Patagonia Chile Torres del Paine for Chest Heart and Stroke.
First memory of rambling:Two things , seashore walks while
on holidays at Cusendall and Bundoran, and walking in Bluestack Mountains as a
teenager with the Scouts.
First WTR's Walk: Banagher Glen leader Joan Cunningham
Favourite Walks: Very difficult to select a favourite walk, I like to ramble and explore, coastal walks stand out, Creevy/Erne esturary, Torr Head and the three beaches on Sheephaven Bay Co Donegal
Most Memorable Walk: Slieve League, Co Donegal I walked twice with the club, first time is memorable because of the wind and also the sea mist, very frighten experience when a member got detached from group in the mist and it required an organised search to locate them. Second occasion was the opposite, bright clear sunny day ,the spectatular cliff edge walk looking down at the crystal blue Atlantic watching the marine life and seabirds.
Favourite Walking Holiday Destinations:Trekking in Nepal, one special memory of climbing Poon Hill, to the summit to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas as the first snow fell.
Places you would like to ramble: In Ireland more, places such as Connemara, The Burren and Co. Kerry.
Position held on WTR's Committee: I was secretary 2007-2010 and secretary 21st Anniversary Sub committee 2010/11
Brand of Boots:Anatom
Accessory never to forget on walks: My First Aid kit and Swiss Army Knife
Favourite Music: Choral Music and all solo instrumental music
Food: Mushrooms, Mushroom Rosotto and also Lamb, Moroccan Lamb Tagine
Walking Sandwich: A BLT on Brown bread
Drink: A Capuccino
TV: Wildlife, Travel and Gardening programmes
Reading:Crime Novels and books on History and Geography of a country
Other Interests:Gardening and keeping in touch with the my family
Embarrassing Rambling Moment: While on Rambling Holiday in Cinque Terre, being very late to arrive for a train departure, after telling everyone to be on time
Reasons why I go out with WTR's: I am seeing places with the club I would not otherwise visit on my own, the beautiful Ulster countryside and making new friends