The Liebster Award - Pay it forward

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The Liebster Award.

I must thank Michael Thomson of Scottish Mountaineer fame for the nomination. Up until very recently I had never heard of the Liebster Award. Then a few days a go it started appearing in my Facebook and Twitter timelines as well as my RSS feeds. All very good and interesting posts by those that took part. Not once thinking it would ever come my way. Especially since the blog has been a bit quiet for awhile. Not to say I'm not out and about. Finding time to write them up is the problem but here I am so without further ado I'll get to answering Michael's questions.

The questions:

1. What was it that first got you into outdoor activities?

My family; mostly my parents, we would always go walks all over the place. Growing up in the countryside helps as well. I was no more than 5 minutes from hills, woods, rivers, fields. I enjoyed exploring and was given a lot of freedom to roam, get dirty, wet wading burns, drink water from puddles, building howffs, fishing and the like when I was younger.

2. You’re on a multi-day backpacking trip. Which luxury item do you take?

Beer or IRN-BRU

3. What’s the most physically challenging trip you’ve ever undertaken?

They generally all are as my fitness levels are shocking....

4. Lager or real ale?

Both, can I have both? Please? I'm a card carrying CAMRA member and like a good pint of beer, Arran Ale being a particular favourite. However and ice cold bottle of Miller Draft is always a winner. I'm pretty sure my CAMRA membership card just went up in flames there....

5. What’s the best thing about camping?

Sleeping under the stars.

6. What’s the worst thing about camping?

Picking the ideal spot.

7. What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?

You don't have to wear big heavy boots and carry everything including the kitchen sink.

8. What’s the oldest piece of gear you have? Do you still use it?

It's a tin cup that I recieved as a present along with a tin plate and knife, spoon and fork kit. Yes I still use it.

9. Headphones on the hill, yes or no? If yes, what’s playing?

On the hill, no. In the tent yes. What's playing, could be anything my musical tastes are eclectic to say the least. Rock, soul, house, techno and everything in between. iTunes on shuffle is always fun.

10. If you could only climb one mountain, which one would it be?

Don't think I could pick one. One with a good view?

11. When will be your next big outing?

I don't do big being a short arse but as is often said the best laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley.

My questions:

1. Where do you spend most of your time outdoors?

2. Favourite hill?

3. Favourite spot to camp?

4. Any burning desires?

5. Favourite tipple?

6. Favourite song, poem or book?

7. Compact camera or dSLR?

8. Funniest thing you've seen outdoors?

9. What inspires you to get outdoors?

10. Outdoor hero or heroine? 

11. Best joke?

My nominations.

I'm only going to do five nominations. The minimum according to the rules but also in the hope that I'm not duplicating anyone and multi-nominating them.

Helen @Gauperoar- Helen's Wondering Wanderings, Stewart @stewyphoto - Stewart Smith Photography, Chris @PilgrimChris - pilgrimchris.com, Phil @Daylightgambler - pilsorrell.com, Lady P @CumbrianBlondie - Adventures of Cumbrian Blondie

The Rules

As you see some of the rules have been bent a bit but not much.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

  2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

  3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

  4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.

  5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

  6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

  7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)