The late Alfred Wainwright was the guru of walking in England, having written and beautifully illustrated a large collection of walking guides. He identified some 214 peaks in the Lake District that he thought particularly pleasurable, either due to scenic views, elevation, or perhaps the satisfaction one gets from completing a difficult walk. Peak bagging all the Wainwrights is rite of passage in England, very much like the Grand Canyon's rim-to-rim. I will definitely pursue peak bagging as soon as I complete my on-going pub bagging project.
Peak bagging is not for amateurs, and shouldn’t be tempted by novices without a professional guide. A good guide not only motivates you to reach the summit, but can actually identify the peak you climb so you can add it to your bag. I didn’t know of those benefits when I hired Lee Wilson, one of the best in the business. As I recall, our initial conversation went something like this.
“What are your objectives?” asked Lee.
“Surviving,” I replied, truthfully. “And keeping my feet dry.”
Professional that he is, Lee quickly grasped the situation. “I know the perfect walk for you. A little up, and then flat.” Motivating the client is the first thing guides learn in guide school.
So off we went to bag some Wainwrights – and to keep my feet dry.
|Peak Baggers Maaike and Bram|
|Super-guide Lee Wilson|