Name: Jim McBain
Hometown: Richhill, Co Armagh
First Memory of Rambling: Going up Slieve Donard, age 13, while at a BB camp in Newcastle.
First WTR Walk: August 2006 with Nick Fitton to Muckish, but the cloud base was so low and the rain so heavy that we abandoned it for a low level walk in Glenveagh
Favourite Walks: Mullaghacarn, The Brandy Pad [Mournes], Beach Walks
Most Memorable Walks: West Highland Way, Caledonian Way [Fort William to Inverness] Great Wall of China [part of], Everest Base Camp, Hadrian's Wall
Favourite Walking Holiday Destinations; Scotland, Majorca, Nepal
Places you would like to ramble: Wales and the West Country
Positions held on WTR Committee: Chairman 2012- 14
Brand of Boots: Winter- Meindl 'B's'; Summer- Salomon Treks
Accessory never to forget on walks: Waterproofs. Garmin GPS
Favourite Music: Traditional Jazz, Light Classical, Songs of Praise
Food: Enjoy most things; Favourites - Roast leg of lamb; Grilled squid.Walking Sandwiches: Chicken Salad
Drink: Tea, coffee, occasional G & T, Glass of red wine with dinner.
TV: Natural World - Travel / Wildlife: Period dramas.
Reading: Anything well written - fiction and non-fiction
Other Interests: Children and Grandchildren, Church, Probus, Swimming, Gardening,
Embarrassing Rambling Moment; While leading a 'B' Walk in Carlingford during the Ramblers weekend away in May 2012 I somehow got stuck in the middle of the group. Those at the front got sight of the endpoint and went for it 'as the crow flies'. This took them down a dangerously step slope, whereas the planned route was significantly less steepand a lot safer.
Reasons why I go out with WTR: It gets me out about and into places that I would never otherwise have the opportunity to see and enjoy. All good walks are measured not by distance but by company. By this reckoning all WTR walks are great.