Peter John Watson
Writer • Photographer • Adventurer
Peter John Watson is a writer, photographer and founder of outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go...
Peter's work has been featured by BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Cicerone Guides, The Guardian, Outside Magazine, Rough Guides and Wanderlust. Peter has co-authored two books: Don't Offer Papaya: 101 Tips for Your First Time Around the World and How To Pass The Open Water Diver Course. He is currently working on his debut solo book.
Born in a not-quite dystopian 1984 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, for 15 years Peter fell asleep to the sound of the North Sea. In 2003 Peter moved to Cambridge to study film and music at Anglia Ruskin University. After graduating he freelanced for several years as a camera operator and audiovisual engineer. After gaining his teaching qualification in 2007, Peter moved to London where he taught creative media and computer science at an East London secondary school.
In 2014, Peter founded outdoor travel blog Atlas and Boots, now read by over 250,000 people a month. Today, he lives in the Yorkshire Dales town of Richmond and spends his time writing and editing photography from the exotic locations he visits for Atlas & Boots.
Peter loves the outdoors, test match cricket and maps. Every year he spends an inordinate number of days in tents. Other than climbing the seven summits, his ‘life to-do list’ includes sailing the Atlantic Ocean, visiting at least half the states in the world and delivering an after-dinner speech.