Wildlife

These boots are made for walk­ing

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Royal knees up

1. Here is the Prince of Wales, in 1980, hav­ing a high old time at the end of a trek in the Hi­malayas.

2. The ski lift was out of ac­tion, so cat bur­glar Sarah Fer­gu­son, Duchess of York – pic­tured in Ver­bier in 2015 – went to work on foot in­stead.

3. The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge in April 2016, half­way through their climb to Bhutan’s Paro Tak­t­sang, the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery. Fly­ing tigers out of shot.

Ram­bling politi­cians

4. Cana­dian prime min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, pic­tured climb­ing Knox Moun­tain in British Columbia with fel­low Lib­eral MPS last year, has ev­i­dently fig­ured out that high-fiv­ing ad­mir­ers, rather than shak­ing their hands, means he doesn’t have to stop.

5. In the sum­mer of 2016, hav­ing just been made prime min­is­ter, Theresa May had one job to do: car­ry­ing out an in­ter­minable up­hill strug­gle that prob­a­bly wouldn’t get her any­where bet­ter than the place she’d left. But first she went hik­ing.

6. A day af­ter watch­ing her con­cede the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Mar­got Ger­ster bumped into a dog-walk­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton in some woods near New York. Bet­ter than bump­ing into Trump, I sup­pose.

Celebri­ties step up

7. Clearly in need of a back­pack, Natalie Port­man (left), pic­tured last year, could do a lot worse than tak­ing some hik­ing style tips from Theresa May.

8. David Has­sel­hoff on a walk with his fi­ancée, Hay­ley Roberts, in Mal­ibu last month. That enor­mous chest isn’t go­ing to tan it­self, is it?

THE WHOLE POINT of hik­ing – which I’ve never done, so I’m just haz­ard­ing a guess here – is that it al­lows you to es­cape your wor­ries and cares. It’s just you and the open path. Noth­ing to think about ex­cept the fresh air, the view, and what must even­tu­ally be a broad and painful range of aches and chafes. Pity these politi­cians, celebri­ties and roy­als, then: they go through all the faff of wear­ing the silly kit and climb­ing a big hill, yet the pa­parazzi still pester them. There is a so­lu­tion, though. Pho­tog­ra­phers are no­to­ri­ously un­fit. Just keep climb­ing. One by one, they’ll fall away. Reach the sum­mit, and you’ll fi­nally be free, trou­bled only by the mat­ter of get­ting back down.

— Tom Ough

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