Thanks for all the comments and pearls of wisdom…
I am now the proud owner of a Munro lightweight (by comparison to the old tree handled version) walking axe, and several quid lighter too to boot. Cant wait to try it in anger. This if course may be sooner than anticipated due to tomorrows wx forecast and a drive down the East Coast route home from Edinburgh,
Conan the Barbarian - not quite in physique unfortunately, but I can assure you that what is there is all natural, a product of Guiness and living in Hotels for the last 20 years Monday to Friday. I have been likened to CTB in attitude and temprement though by the blonde person…
As far a Sabre tooth tigers on the high street, I have witnessed some interesting sites, very likley to be more dangerous if tangled with than any beast of the hills. The grim look of determined retail therapy on the faces of the thronging masses buying Christmas gifts for people they probably can’t stand anyway…give me the hills any day.
Have a good Christmas all
(starting a two week holiday now - winter bonus points here we come)