CLIMB EVERY MOUN­TAIN

Cotswold Life - - CUMMINGS’ GOINGS -

I seem to have spent quite a lot of this year at the top of rather large moun­tains, fells and peaks. My re­cent ad­ven­ture was the York­shire Three Peaks. This is a 26-mile ad­ven­ture in­clud­ing Pen-y-ghent, Wh­ern­side and In­gle­bor­ough to be com­pleted in less than 12 hours. This was one of my late Dad’s favourite chal­lenges and I made my way round in pour­ing rain in just un­der 11 hours. The Malverns and the Stroud Val­leys have been my train­ing ground and I hope to at­tempt many more in years to come. I was in­trigued with Chris Evans’s moun­tain-based anal­ogy when he an­nounced he was head­ing over to Vir­gin ra­dio. He said: “Some of us are moun­tain climbers and if you get to the top of your favourite moun­tain, you be­come a moun­tain ob­server so I’ve got to keep climb­ing”. A clever way of con­vey­ing his phi­los­o­phy to­wards this roller­coaster ra­dio ride some of us at­tempt. Here’s mine: “Some of us are moun­tain climbers and if you get to the top of your favourite moun­tain, you erect a pop-up café, lock your­self in and en­joy the view for as long as you can be­fore you get evicted.”

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