These boots are made for walking
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.
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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