Pete Buckley – Update on two travel books

Pete Buckley:

Here are my old travel books, 31 Days in a Campervan and A Long Walk in the Alps featured on Reading Recommendations. Thanks to Susan Toy for inviting me back! I intend to re-issue 31 Days in a Campervan in most e-book formats at some stage soon via Kindle and Smashwords as it is only around in paperback. A Long walk in the Alps is already available in most formats.

Pete Buckley Jan 2015

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Pete Buckley was featured on Reading Recommendations in Dec. 2014 promoting a new novel. He’s back now to tell us about a couple of travel books he had previously written and published.

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A Long Walk in the Alps was published in 2009 and is available in E-book and paperback

A Long Walk in the Alps recounts a hike through the mountains of Switzerland from Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland to Zermatt in the Valais. In this real-life adventure, the author sets out along the path known as the Eiger Trail with the aim of reaching the mountain town of Zermatt beneath the far off Matterhorn but the journey is almost over in its early days…

Buy Links:
Amazon US – eBook and paperback
Amazon UK – eBook and paperback
Smashwords – eBook
Trafford Publishing – paperback

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31 Days in a Campervan: Trolling Around New Zealand was my first book published…

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The reason I write and publish …

Pete Buckley:

I think a lot of authors are inspired by these same things… an insightful post.

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

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It’s never been about the money (because, as I have said before, you’re more likely to win the Irish Sweepstakes than make much money at all in this publishing game), and it’s not about the fame (similar reason as for the money part).

It’s because I believe I have a story worth telling and that I’m the only one who can tell that story the way I’ve chosen to tell it.

But it’s mostly because I love to think that someone out there who has read what I’ve written will be touched by it in some way – hopefully in a positive way! – and that my story makes them think, feel, and experience something they would not have otherwise known, had I not written.

Someone like Heartny, for instance, who I met online through my blog when she commented on one of the posts I wrote about Chickungunya, as…

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More Things I Love About Being Indie…

With reference to a recent post I made entitled “Why I Love Being Indie” that focused on the many upsides of being an indie author, I can add promotions like this one to the list. The #IndieBooksBeSeen after Christmas sale organised by indie author Jessica Keller, and running until Jan 1 2015, offers a wide range of indie titles for $0.99 including The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk which was my own contribution.

The great thing about promotions like this one is that they bring authors from a wide range of genres together to help rather than compete against each other. I am definitely of the opinion that this is the way the indie movement will flourish and move forward and I hope to be involved in many more in the future. In the meantime, please check out all the authors and books participating in the After Christmas Promo. Just click on the photo to be taken to the site.

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Pete Buckley

Pete Buckley:

Just featured on the very wonderful Reading Recommendations – check out all the other indie authors over there too…

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk (adventure thriller)

Quick description: When Russian Agent Yuri Medev is dispatched to New York City from his Siberian base to track down an evil crime boss known only as Nikovich, a chance meeting with beautiful young dance student Juli Regan and the discovery of murdered FBI Agent Martin Eisel, begin a manhunt across four states that leads only to a new mystery and an unexpected alliance with Eisels’s former partner.

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Brief biography:
I’m Pete Buckley and I’m the UK based indie author of The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk which is my first novel. I am currently working on the next Yuri Medev adventure, provisionally titled The Kirov Conspiracy due for release early in 2015. Previously I wrote a couple of travel stories about various wonderful places such as New Zealand and the Swiss Alps. Aside…

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Why I Love Being Indie

A few years ago arriving home after a month long trip around New Zealand, it occurred to me that the story of that trip would make the kind of travel and adventure story I had always liked to read in the past. If I’d enjoyed the trip as much as I had then perhaps other people would enjoy reading about it too so after much hard work going through photographs andThe Colonel of Krasnoyarsk e-book cover some very slow typing, I had a finished story that I was fairly happy with. Okay it was not the greatest book ever but it was a fun, easy read that did remind me of those travellers’ tales I had enjoyed so much and more importantly; other people liked it too.

I never went down the route of sending manuscripts off to major publishing houses; instead opting to “self publish” which meant that my books were available for people to read right away instead of sitting in dusty unread piles like the mountains of tapes and CD’s I used to see in record company offices. I had become one of a new breed called the indie author. There are downsides of course – just have a look at part one of Christina’s post in the link below – but on the bright side the freedom is there to write about what you are inspired by without feeling the pressure of deadlines – though the self imposed deadlines are probably even tougher to meet and can result in more than a few late nights!

Probably the best thing about this though is being part a growing community of like minded people – just check out #IndieBooksBeSeen – and doing posts like this which is a new thing to me. Today I’m working with characters who continue to inspire me in the Yuri Medev series of adventure thrillers which began with  The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk  while the second story The Kirov Conspiracy  is coming soon.

Here’s the link to that post about the downside of being indie while here’s a couple of links to say Hi or get hold of my books…

Twitter @YuriMedevAuthor

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The Mountain and the South Ridge of Snowdon

I have climbed Snowdon many times and in all kinds of weather but I have to say that this fine autumn day at the end of October was one of the best days out I’ve had on the highest peak in Wales. The route too – that from Rhyd Ddu – shows a side of the mountain different in character from the Llanberis path or the rough and often busy trails from Pen y Pass. On this occasion I opted to follow the South Ridge up and descend by the usual Rhyd Ddu path.

A very worthwile diversion was the ascent of the peak of Yr Aran before heading up the South Ridge. The name means “The Mountain” and it is an impressive peak when seen across the waters of Llyn Gwynant. The route I took roughly follows that shown on the map {faint paths in places – pathless in others) and avoids the crags leading to a clear path up a fine ridge to one of the best summit views in Snowdonia! I had Yr Aran to myself before returning to the col below the South Ridge. A good path branches down to the left and crosses the steep northern slopes.

The South Ridge is probably my favorite way up Snowdon – though that via Y Lliwedd is a close second. This is a quiet, easy and gentle route with one straightforward scramble to add a bit of excitement before crossing the airy ridge of Bwlch Main to reach the familiar summit pyramid. A good path leads across here and while the view down is awesome there are no difficulties if you stay on it.

For the return I recrossed Bwlch Main and descended by the Rhyd Ddu path to my start point. There is now a clear sign post where the two routes diverge and a description of this route can be found by following the above link.

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Here it’s straight on towards Yr Aran and the South Ridge. Left is the Rhyd Ddu path down which we will return to this point

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Looking south to Moel Hebog from the summit of Yr Aran

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The southern side of Snowdon from the summit of Yr Aran. The route lies directly up the facing ridge to the summit on the left

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The lower part of the South Ridge lies through this open tussock country with views out towards the Irish Sea

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Looking back down the South Ridge from the approach to the summit with Moel Hebog in the distance

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The arete of Bwlch Main is narrow and airy but is crossed by a good path that avoids any difficulties like those found on nearby Crib Goch

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The eastern part of the Glyderau and the ridge of Crib Goch seen from the summit of Snowdon

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Looking over Crib y Ddysgl and the glyders to Carnedd Dafydd from the summit of Snowdon

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The map shows the approximate route taken with the loop being done in an anti clockwise direction. The route as followed was 15.5km or just under 10 miles long and involved 1140m of ascent.

 

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The Twin Peaks of Crianlarich

On Several occasions whilst heading north towards Ben Nevis and Glencoe I have passed the twin peaks of Ben More and Stobinian and decided I must climb them at some stage though It wasn’t until ecently that I put my words into action and set out to finally explore the two Munros. The peaks rise over 1000m above Strath Fillan and Glen Dochart and it was from Benmore Farm in the latter glen not far from Crianlarich that I made my ascent.

Just before the farm (heading towards Crianlarich) there is plenty of roadside parking and a path is signed through the hedge and trees to join a zig zag track leading left up the hillside. After going under the power line and passing through a gate higher up, a faint path leads off up the steep slope to the left. The path fades in and out of existence as it climbs steeply-sloping boggy terrain which is hard going at times but as height is gained the route improves and the ground becomes drier. Besides – the views across the Highlands improve steadily as you get higher and compensate amply for any hardship encountered lower down. The upper section where the ridge becomes rockier and more pronounced is a delight to climb without being difficult. After a false summit and an easy section the cairn and trig point on the summit of Ben More are reached with the view to the marginally lower Stobinian beyond.

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The viiew from where the path to Ben More leaves the farm track

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Looking north westwards into the wild landscape of the Highlands from the upper part of the ridge

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The top of the ridge was fun but not difficult – Loch Iubhair and the view along Glen Dochart towards Killin and Loch Tay

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The views became transient as the cloud base was reached on the summit of Ben More at 1174m. Looking across to the second peak – Stobinian which is slightly lower at 1165m

The route between Ben More and Stobinian is easy to follow being on a good path all the way with a couple of short rocky steps down from the summit of the first Munro. The harder one can be avoided. The route involves a descent to 800m and consequently a climb of over 300m to Stobinian. Thankfully I was told about a route that was in neither my guidebooks nor marked on my map that descends from the bealach or col so saving re-climbing Ben More. It is a little wet in places with odd sections of bush whacking as it descends steeply to pick up a path and eventually the track I started out on. To find the start of the path descend by the prominent large boulder on the bealach and go straight down the western side – the path initially follows the burn or stream itself before descending to the left of it into the wild Benmore Glen.

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The wild country on the eastern side of the ridge from the approach to the summit of Stobinian.

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The view south from Stobinian over the region known as the Trossachs

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Looking back to Ben More from Stobinian. The weather had improved by this stage. Anyone spot the very subtle photobomb here?

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The wild and remote feeling Benmore Glen which marks the route back to the road


As I write this there is a rather important referendum taking place that will determine the future relationship between the great nation of Scotland and my own country England. Whatever the outcome I hope that it’s the right one for the long term future of the people. I have always believed though that problems – which can include certain very unpopular individuals in London – are best confronted when we stand shoulder to shoulder.

Pete Buckley September 18 2014
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