John Huxley grew up in Heswall, on the Wirral. He attended Calday Grange Grammar School, where he became a close and life long friend of Les Fowles. That friendship was to be the catalyst of the formation of the mountaineering club we know today as The Gwydyr Mountaineering Club.

John’s parents had moved from Llanidloes, in mid Wales, to Merseyside and introduced the young John to Snowdonia, where he rapidly gained knowledge and experience. He was most at home in the hills and passed this enjoyment on to many others throughout his active life, together with “after hill” activities which were his rich reward.

Career wise, John should have been a journalist. By writing this book he, in his own way, fulfilled one of many ambitions.

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