The hill that changed my life…

Moun­tains are tricky things. You think you’re just go­ing on an in­no­cent walk, to stretch your legs and maybe see a nice view. Lit­tle do you sus­pect, when you’re lac­ing up your boots, that your walk may just lead to a fas­ci­na­tion, and that fas­ci­na­tion to a

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JEREMY ASHCROFT, MOUN­TAINEER­ING ED­I­TOR AND MAP-MAKER

Dow Crag, it’s ef­fec­tively my lo­cal peak. I’ve climbed al­most ev­ery route on it both in win­ter and sum­mer, and I know ev­ery inch of it back­wards. Climb­ing on it in all sea­sons has equipped me with in­valu­able skills that have en­abled all my ad­ven­tures. I even man­aged to put a new win­ter climb up on it, some­thing of which I’m im­mensely proud.

SIR CHRIS BON­ING­TON, LE­GENDARY MOUN­TAINEER

The north wall of the Eiger in 1962 when I made the first Bri­tish as­cent with Ian Clough, en­abling me to start a ca­reer based round climb­ing, writ­ing and lec­tur­ing around it.

ANDY WINTERBURN, TRAIL READER

Pen y Fan, 2012. Me and a mate de­cided to try hill­walk­ing. Luck­ily had great weather and a good route from Cwm Gwdi. I’ll never for­get the thrill of reach­ing the top. Never looked back and now reg­u­larly get to Bre­con, the Peaks, Lakes and Scot­land when I can.

DAN BAI­LEY, GUIDE­BOOK AU­THOR

A teenage wan­der up Pavey Ark. Though I didn’t then know it had a name, my first time up Jack’s Rake opened my eyes to the thrill of scram­bling. I’ve never been the same since.

BONITA NOR­RIS, EVER­EST SUMMITEER

Ever­est. It in­spired me to be­come a moun­taineer and led me to go on so many won­der­ful ex­pe­di­tions that would never have hap­pened were it not for that one great peak.

GRAEME STAN­FORD, TRAIL READER

Kin­der Scout in 1979. I was 13 and it poured down all day, we were like drowned rats. Loved moun­tains ever since – does that make me a masochist?

JEN RAN­DALL, OUT­DOOR AND AD­VEN­TURE FILM-MAKER

As a col­lec­tion of hills I’d say Glen Coe changed my life. As a kid, I loved driv­ing through them, walk­ing in them, camp­ing in them, writ­ing sto­ries about them... and I still go there just to visit some­times.

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