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Name: Jim McBain

Lives: Omagh

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.  





January 2015 - Joan Cunningham

February 2015 - Tricia Rowan-Quinn

March 2015 - Joan Quinn

April 2015 - Audrey Hill

May 2015 - Desmond Preston