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'Before us in the bright spring sunshine lay the entire Clyde valley, dominated by the vast sprawling mass of Glasgow, the dear green place. There was a time no too long ago when the old heavy industries would have made this view much less clear. But today we could see the Cowal Hills and Greenock in the west to the Pentlands in the East.'
From the time he bagged his first Munro Peter Kemp has remained an enthusiastic hillawalker and this book is a testament to his passion for Scotland's outdoors and hillwalking culture.
Peter Kemp was born in Govan and raised in a grey, post-war Glasgow. With generations of shipbuilding in his veins, he followed the path that was laid for him, working on the construction of the QE2 as an apprentice patternmaker. He witnessed first hand the death of shipbuilding on the Clyde and the industrial turmoil of the time, yet amidst this world of heavy industry Peter managed to discover a different, more natural, world on his doorstep. The world of Scotland's scenery inspired Peter's lifelong passion for the great outdoors: since 1990 he has been guiding people from all over the world over the hills, sharing the experience of Scotland's scenery with them. After many years balancing the dichotomy of periods of frantic work with unemployment, Peter gave up building luxury yachts and is now living quietly in Glasgow with his wife of 32 years, May, and one of his four sons. Peter still ventures onto Scotland's hills both on his own and as a guide, paints, and dabbles in politics as a trade union official.