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An Adventurer's Guide to Getting Outside - Huck × KEEN

An Adventurer's Guide to Getting Outside - Huck × KEEN

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James Michael Forrest is a British adventurer, hiker and author best known for climbing all 1,001 mountains across the UK and Ireland in the fastest known time.

A head shot of James Forrest hosting a Visit England Insta meet up

His inspirational story - from bored office worker to intrepid adventurer - is told in his debut book Mountain Man, winner of the prestigious Book of the Year accolade in the 2019 The Great Outdoors Readers Awards. 


James Forrest climbed 1,001 mountains across the UK and Ireland from 2017 to 2019 in a record-breaking and inspiring adventure. He walked over 5,000km, climbed the height of Everest 30 times and slept wild under the stars over 100 times. It was the adventure that led the Sunday Telegraph to nickname him the UK's "Mountain Man".

James Forrest, looking down to Wastwater, Lake District

446 peaks in 6 months

In 2017 James climbed all 446 mountains in England and Wales - the  'Nuttalls' - in a record-setting 6 months...and he did it all on his days off from work

Head shot of James Forrest atop his final Ireland peak bagging summit, Knocknadobar

273 peaks in 8 weeks

In 2018 James climbed all 273 mountains in Ireland and Northern Ireland - the 'Vandeleur-Lynams' - in just 8 weeks, another peak-bagging record

James Forrest Mountain Man, walking opposite the Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe during his Munro round

282 peaks in 6 months

In 2019 James completed his record-breaking 1,001-mountain challenge by climbing the gruelling 282 Munros in Scotland over 6 months


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James Forrest preparing to sign his book Mountain Man at an event

Adventure Book

Published by Bloomsbury, James Forrest's debut book Mountain Man: 446 Mountains, Six months, One record-breaking adventure is available on Amazon. To order a signed copy for £15 including P&P contact James directly using the form below.

James Michael Forrest speaking on stage on the topic of peak bagging in England and Wales

Keynote Speaker

James has spoken about his adventures at several high-profile events, including the Night of Adventure in London, Keswick Mountain Festival and a four-date tour of Ireland with Mountaineering Ireland. His style is light-hearted and funny.

James Forrest on the cover of Outdoor Enthusiast magazine


James is an NQJ-qualified journalist and former newspaper reporter. He now works as a freelance outdoors and travel writer. His work has been published in the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Trail, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and many more.


James Michael Forrest's inspirational mountain adventures have earned him 50,000 followers on social media, across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Check out Mountain Man's Instagram feed below or click on the links to follow his accounts. 

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