I mentioned a week or so ago a plan to get out and do something exciting, and I’m now in the process of planning it. It’s not the right time of year to try LEJOG or the GR10, but I reckon I’ve got just enough time to embark upon a continuous round of… the Wainwrights 🙂
I’ve never been a peak bagger, so I’ve no idea how many Wainwrights I’ve done in the past. I’m hoping it might be possible for me to get round them in less than a month, though, with little Piglet, starting in a couple of weeks’ time. I know it’s been done before, but not by me, and if we succeed then Piggly will almost certainly be the only dog to have completed them all before she’s a year old.
It’ll have to depend upon the weather, to some extent: Piggly’s not rufty tufty enough yet to plough on and on in foul conditions, day after day, and I’m not a sufficiently accomplished navigator to lead her safely round them if we’re struck with a month of thick fog. We’ll give it our best shot, though, crubeens allowing.
And to celebrate, this morning I ordered a pair of PHD down trousers, having read about them on Darren’s site. Thank you, Darren! I’ve spoken to PHD and they hope to have them ready for me to collect from Ambleside in a couple of weeks. I already have some PHD down booties, and these days they’re just about my favourite piece of backpacking equipment. Agonisingly cold feet in the tent at dead of night are now a distant memory.
I’ve started drawing up routes on Quo (I’m very impressed with Quo, by the way, now that I’ve got over the initial unfamiliarity of it–many thanks to Colin for suggesting it to me), but route planning is not exactly my forte and so it’s taking me some time. Now that I’ve more-or-less nominated a start date, though, I’ll have to press on with it. Any tips on fitting the highest number of Wainwrights into the shortest possible number of days most welcome 🙂
I really hope it might be possible to meet up with some of you, if you’re going to be in the Lakes while Piggly and I are there. I’ll post more about my intended schedule as it falls into place, but it would be brilliant to walk with pals from time to time, and I can promise any takers a thorough licking from Piglet.
Right! Off to take Piggly to the woods, and then to press on with the route planning.