Hi, I’m Mike @lakeswalksandpubs I’ve been a hiker on and off for over 20 years. The past 2 years it’s almost turned in to an obsession. I’m out on the fells and in different national parks most weekends. I love the peace and quiet you get when out in the hills. It’s also pretty good exercise, both mentally and physically.
I came across the Wainwrights about 10 years ago and decided that I would slowly tick them off. I know some people don’t like peak bagging. But I find it’s a great way to get out and about and see different areas. I’m currently on 124 and anticipate I should complete them next year.
I enjoy the more technical routes that involve a bit of hands on scrambling. Even though I’ll admit I’m not the most confident when it comes to heights and big drops. If nothing else, it helps to focus the mind and its a great sense of achievement once the route is completed. I’ve taken on lots of low grade scrambles such as Striding and Swirral Edge. Tryfan’s north face and Bristly Ridge but it’s Sharp Edge on Blencathra that has been a proud moment for me most recently. It can come across as an intimidating and dangerous scramble if you read too much about it. It’s one I’d put off time and again for various reasons. It turned out to be a really enjoyable airy scramble that was over far too quickly. Leaving me feeling like I wanted to do it again straight away!
One piece of advice I’d offer to people starting out hiking is to invest in some decent gear.
I’d just like to finish by mentioning the hiking community on Instagram. I’ve only been using it for just under a year, everybody is friendly, kind and knowledgeable. Always willing to help and offer advice, whether that’s in person or in comments or DM’s. That to me is fantastic and the ethos that I follow myself, well done guys!
Thanks for sharing your story Mike, good luck finishing the Wainwrights.