Sad news, today, for all Challengers

6 September, 2008

Tony Hardman (& Cameron) — 2006: 10 Challenges in

I heard earlier today from Challenge pals that Tony Hardman died last Wednesday while walking the GR5. He was only 64. His walking partner couldn’t wake him in the morning, and it seems that he’d suffered a heart attack in his sleep. When it’s my turn, I hope that’s exactly how I’ll trot out.

Tony was a lovely, warm, friendly and generous man. I met him in the Knoydart on the Challenge in 2006, and shared a couple of bothy nights with him and some other pals. I tripped when descending from some hill or other the day after Kinbreack bothy, and after Bob and Rose had helped me to the Tomdoun Hotel Tony offered to carry my pack for me: all the rest of the way across Scotland, if necessary.

When we got to Montrose, Cameron presented him with his certificate and wee gifty for completing 10 Challenges. That’s him above, grinning with delight.

RIP, Tony.


Friday night boogie

30 August, 2008

More Tommy 🙂

At 2:55 is one of the coolest little riff-type things I’ve ever seen on a guitar!

Tommy Emmanuel — Nine Pound Hammer