Jasmin Cameron is a qualified Mountain Leader (Glenmore Lodge, 2004), with many years of experience in the UK mountains. Living in England and Wales, her mountaineering exploits took her to a variety of areas, ranging from Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, the Peak and Lake Districts to Dartmoor. She moved up to Scotland in 2003 from the South East of England and immediately fell in love with the Scottish mountains, especially the immensity of the Cairngorms. Once established in Scotland she experienced the full range of Scottish weather conditions in her quest to ‘compleat’ the Munros, finally attaining her 284th summit late in 2008 on Liathach, Torridon (Munroist Number 4244). Jasmin has experience of climbing abroad (peaks such as Shasta and Rainier in the USA, Gran Paradiso (Italy), Ararat (Turkey), to name but a few), but the British mountains remain her first love.

First snow of the year: On Carn a’ Gheoidh

Jasmin’s previous working life has encompassed a variety of roles. Her early career began somewhat inauspiciously with a job packing herbs into 25 g bags (precisely), then graduating to till, shop floor and bar work, waitressing (clearly not her forte – as numerous smashed plates were to prove) and busking as endless years of study unfolded. There was a very brief stint as a primary school teacher, followed by endless different gigs as a performing musician to make ends meet, but eventually she became an academic musicologist and university lecturer. Her research took her to Italy, where she was often to be found scurrying between dusty Venetian archives, tracking down documents to unravel the life of ‘her’ composer, who, it transpires, had a somewhat shady past. It wasn’t quite The Da Vinci Code but there was much excitement in unearthing unexpected details or, indeed, working with amazing pieces of music that may have last been performed 300 years ago. While she has now moved on from this arena, music remains very much central to her life. She divides her time between the mountains, her musical commitments and, whenever she gets the chance, riding and looking after horses.




Featured photo: Looking into the depths of Torridon from Beinn Damph