John Riddington is a retired teacher with a deep, lifelong interest in the British hills and mountains. He has made over one thousand one hundred summits and has guided two hundred and seventy groups to the tops of peaks, mostly in England and Wales. He has reached the summit of all the major peaks in England and Wales in addition to some in Scotland at all times of year and in all kinds of weather. Also he has led many more groups in rural locations in England Scotland and Wales.
When Nicolas’ dad is offered a job in a brand-new place, he and his brother Mathew tentatively move away from everything they have ever known. Their new home is surrounded by greenery and Black Pike nearby. Nicolas is immediately drawn to the looming mountain and feels its pull.