About the Author (written by someone who knows quite a bit about him, and therefore will remain unnamed)

William Hamilton is a Linguistics student* and keen hiker currently living in North Wales. Mountain Leader in his University’s Mountain Walking Club, he is fairly well versed in hill and mountain walking. Inspired by a Snowdonia mountain tick list, he tries to get out and mark off a peak every weekend. Predominantly walking in the UK, he has visited the Lakes, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, and the Highlands in pursuit of the outdoors, but has also walked in the USA. Foel Goch is his favourite peak so far – although it could change.

Outside of walking, he enjoys birding -a term which he feels offers a heightened sense of  activity and tension than the horribly passive bird spotting (which also begins sounds silly if you say it several times to yourself). As a result of his degree, William also has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with accents, pronunciation, and phonetics – something that gets him in trouble in coffee shops and the such as he occasionally shifts his accent to make it sound like the person to whom he is ordering a latte from.

Anyway, enough of that.This is not a blog about phonetics, or birds for that matter. It is in fact about hiking, and William Hamilton is of adequately suitability to write about it – and becoming more suitable at regular intervals. So sit back, take in the view, and (hopefully) enjoy.

Thank you…

*Because of this, many of his blogs will have phonemic transcriptions of peaks and points of interest (especially if they are in a language other than English). These will be written out in the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). Although not amazing, writing in IPA is better than having a ‘spell it as it sounds’ system, due to the fact that some sounds in the names do not appear in English (e.g. the Welsh l, and the French e vowel). If you do want to know how to say the names of what I walk, have a crack at the IPA transcriptions with the help of the following link.

http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/ipa/