Si has been a keen mountaineer since 14, when he would wander around the Scottish Highlands with a tent, a small petrol stove and a well focussed lust for solo adventures, right up to the present day where his travels have taken him all over the world, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, but always quietly.

Time spent in the mountains, wherever it is, allows him to 'earth' to reset the personal balance and reach those places described as higher conciousness and 'at one', contented places where ideals can be lived, philosophising on the finer things in life and fulfilling some dreams. It also creates space for great clarity of thought and time for bloomin' great ideas to blossom, but that might just be because there is no readily available alcohol.