Troubador The Boy and Me

BBC Radio Merseyside

Released: 01/07/2011

ISBN: 9781848766631

eISBN: 9781780889856

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Boy and Me

A Pyrenean Adventure

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The Boy and Me is a no holds barred account of a father and son’s extraordinary walk as they struggle and muddle their way through a perilous distance trek with an edge...

June 2006. Steve and his son, Michael, set out on a journey that will take them on one of the most demanding long distance treks in Europe – the HRP (Haute Randonée Pyrénéenne). Oblivious to the hardships that they will encounter, and crushed beneath ridiculously oversized backpacks, they spend two months taking on the equivalent ascent of five Everests as they struggle with the ultimate coast to coast challenge.

Along the way they begin to realise that the HRP is a serious mountain expedition that will test them to their limits – injury blights them and the strain of the journey takes its toll, threatening the fragile prospect of success.

Steve and Michael also find their father / son relationship comes under the microscope during their two months spent in close confines in a small tent. Thunderstorms, thirst, exhaustion, heat, hunger, and the loss of their tent over a precipice are just some of the challenges they must face.

This is a personal, amusing insight into a perilous trek along the length of the Pyrenees that will inspire readers.

What an engaging and enjoyable read. It really captured my imagination and I felt I had “lived” the journey – albeit from the comfort of my armchair. Steve’s ‘style and descriptive abilities had me laughing out loud and also shuddering as he and Michael tackled the challenges of the mountains, terrain and the unexpected. I also enjoyed the historical snippets about areas of the trek which gave a sense of place. As well as a good read in its own right, Steve provides a great insight and guide into the realities of taking on this demanding Route. What an achievement.

by Sue Williams


Steve Taylor

Born in Liverpool in 1957 the first sign of my taste for adventure surfaced when, at the age of 5, and completely unannounced, I set off on my new bike with my mate Ray from next door (also 5) and we made our way to my granddads house, some 3 miles away.

Granddad was rather surprised to see us and after a brief stay escorted us back home where the whole street, plus the local police force were conducting a search for the missing youngsters. I was none too popular and this little excursion marked the first of a lifetime of misadventures that have continued to land me in trouble ever since.

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