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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Introducing Graeme Walker

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. From the very beginning, we’ve wanted a spread of brand ambassadors who come from grass roots right through to people who go around the world. For us, it’s important to be able to showcase people at all levels because that’s what FINDRA’s all about.⁠ Since we launched our menswear range, we’ve been excited to work with some incredible and inspirational men in Tom Hill, Graham Kelly, Mungo and Rich & Tom Seipp. Now let us introduce you to our newest ambassador, Graeme Walker!⁠

 

Introducing Graeme Walker

By day, Graeme works in the Oil & Gas industry, undertaking upstream & downstream projects all over the world.

However, his true passion is undertaking adventures and enjoying new experiences. His aim is to inspire others into making positive changes in their life and to realise that you don’t need to be an extraordinary person, to live an extraordinary life.

Graeme says, “we get so busy working for others, we tend to forget to work on ourselves, and before you know it the times of our lives has passed us by.”

The main reason he love the outdoors is because the majority of my time is spent behind a desk looking at screens, so he loves nothing more than putting my “out of office” on, packing the car with kit and hitting the hills. All these small adventure steps you take can cumulatively add up to big things.

Having been to Switzerland, France, Canada and America, he has been able to see how grand the mountains can be and he is now in the process of ticking off the Scottish Munros, one rainy day at a time.

He is a keen runner, snowboarder, mountain biker and hill walker. Scottish born and bred, come rain or shine, if you look hard enough, you might just see him on a hill near you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Wall

Motivation and mountains are inextricably linked, they both seem like a great idea at the time, but when the weather gets rough and the lower lip starts to tremble, it can be a little daunting.

My motivation for getting out in the hills is a selfish one. I am a corporate chimp in the office much like everyone else. I work for a Fortune 100 company and help the shareholders get their slice of the annual pie, and repeat each year. As much as I love my job, I love challenges and getting outside even more. It’s one of the few places that is a level playing field. Most times, you are not competing against anyone else, it’s you vs. you.

Read more of Graeme’s inaugural blog on breaking beyond your perceived limits, here!

 

 

 

 

Graeme’s Top 5 Hills

Everyone has to start somewhere, so we asked Graeme for his top 5 hills to get you started if you’re new to hill walking.

Looking down Glencoe from the slopes of Beinn a Chrulaiste in the Scottish Highlands. Source: Shutterstock

1/.  Ben Ledi – Nestled in the Trossachs near Callander, Ben Ledi is officially classed as a Corbett. This means it measures between 2,500 – 3,000 feet, as opposed to the more famous Munros which measure over 3,000 feet. The route is well signed posted from the car park until you reach a fence. After that, you follow a rough path to the top and down again in a circular route. It can get quite steep to walking poles are advised, but the path is easy to follow and there’s no scrambling required to reach the top for stunning views. Find out more here!

2/. Ben Venue – Appropriately named as ‘the miniature mountain’, Ben Venue is classified as a Graham which means it measures between 2,000 – 2,500 feet. The circular is short at about 5km long and accessed from the car park at Loch Achray. Head to Ben Venue if you’re after a quick walk with stunning views across the Trossachs. Read walk reports here.
3/. Beinn a Chrulaiste – Another Corbett for your to-do list, Beinn a Chrulaiste sits just north of Glen Coe and has a peculiar rectangular shape. Sitting with Rannoch Moor to one side and the mountains of Glen Coe to the other, you’ll struggle to find a more impressive view across Scotland’s landscape. You’ll need to work for it though – the paths are less defined and it can be boggy at times so this might be one to build up to! Read walk reports here.
4/. Ben Lawers & Beinn Ghlas – A truly great pair of mountains which could be a first hill walk for anyone. Both mountains are classed as Munros and are connected with an easy ridge – so easy most people don’t notice the summit of Ben Ghlas on their way to the top of Ben Lawers! Sitting in rural Perthshire, Ben Lawers is the 10th highest Munro, the public car park is  at 400m above sea level so the actual walk isn’t so bad! See more information here.
5) Meall nan Tarmachan – The Ben Lawers high car park makes another option just as easy. The Tarmachan Ridge sits just west of Ben Lawers and is an 8 mile circular route with one Munro summit – Meall nan Tarmachan. There’s an optional short scramble but is a good test for those who’ve got a couple of hill walks under their belt.
Let us know if you’ve done any of these hill walks and whether you’d recommend any other hill walks for beginners!

 

Music of the Week

We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!

Graeme tells us this song by American indie rock band, TV on the Radio, is his go-to song in the car on the way to an outdoors adventure. What song do you put on in the car to hype you up for some adventure?

Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.

Love, Team FINDRA x

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