Set your sights on the height of Ever­est

Take on the Trail chal­lenge in 2018

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!

Don’t for­get to join our Trail EverestAnywhere Face­book group to share with us all your chal­lenge sto­ries – and you could be see­ing your pics right here!

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