Set your sights on the height of Everest
Take on the Trail challenge in 2018
7 WAYS TO 8,848m!
Get out and get high with our list of seven top adventures to make 2018 a year to remember!
As Alastair Humphreys has shown us, it’s easy to break out of your comfort zone from your own front door. So, find a local hill, and set out to climb it in every season to fully appreciate the variety and beauty of what’s right there in front of you. When there’s not enough hours in the day to get to the big hills, you’ll be clocking up those metres of ascent without having to go far. And take a selfie in the same location every time you go so you can see how you change with the hill in a year!
2 HILLWALKING HISTORY
Re-live your first ever hill with someone who is yet to discover the magic of the mountains. There no better feeling than sharing your passion and seeing the epiphany on their face when they reach a summit for the first time – plus you get to revisit a place that will forever be part of your hillwalking history.
3 THE PEAK-BAGGER
Right, now’s the time to start planning. When the days are still short and the sun severely limited, cheer yourself with thoughts of a long peak-bagging weekend with as many mountain tops as you can muster. Plan, plot and prepare for an epic weekend, with the added satisfaction that you’ve come up with the route all by yourself.
4 GO THE DISTANCE
Dedicate your holiday this year to full-on mountain immersion. Do the whole of the Pennine Way and you’ll bust the 8,848m height of Everest with a total of 11,343 metres of ascent. Equally enjoyable challenges include Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which
climbs 9,085m; clock up 2,770m on The Three Dales Way; or tackle a noble 3,946m on the West Highland Way.
5 A PUB-TO-PUB
Now we all know that there is one essential ingredient to end the perfect hill day and that, of course, is a warm and welcoming hostelry. While the weather is a bit chilly for camping, take the opportunity of lapping up a little luxury: a hot bath at the end of the day; radiators to dry wet clothes; plus good, hearty grub and a foaming pint of real ale. The great thing about the UK is that you’re never too far from a pub – so, set your route, book your bed and off you go!
6 SLEEPING WILD
We here at Trail are great advocates of spending a night in the wild. It maximises your hill time and guarantees a full-on hit of nature and remote places to wash away all the ills of the world, if only for a while. You can plan an expedition with all the latest lightweight kit, or pick your spot not too far from civilisation. Just remember to leave no trace of you ever being there.
7 EXPANDING HORIZONS
If there’s one thing you do this year on your #EverestAnywhere challenge, make sure you push your boundaries to the max and expand your knowledge and skill. Whether that just means spending more time in the mountains, or joining a club where you’ll learn so much more from others, or even taking a course such as winter skills, you’ll make your outdoors experience and your life all the more fuller and richer. Trust us!
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