Let the camping commence.

2020 was meant to be the breakthrough year, the big one. I don’t mean in some famous way, but in the sense when I finally put in some serious miles in my boots!

For years I’d loved the outdoors, walking, camping and trekking, but it had always been intermittent, 2020 was meant to change that. I was going to go regularly and further, finally do Scotland, do a winter skills course, really get out there, what could stop me, oh, an international pandemic and lockdown! Ok fate, you beat me, but now lockdown is nearing the end, I’ve still got half a year left and I intend to make it count!

It’s not like I haven’t made lockdown count so far, I have. I’ve been one of the lucky ones that’s been working from home, so whilst I haven’t been able to get away, I’ve used the money I’ve been saving (not all of it) on upgrading my kit, so it’s lighter and more effective. I’ve been out nearly every weekend exploring my own local area. I live in the Lincolnshire Wolds and it is beautiful (it really is England’s secret County) if you’ve never visited, you really should and its definitely not flat, but unfortunately 500 ft just doesn’t cut it in the long run, I need to get high and I can’t wait to get back to the higher counties of England, Derbyshire, Cumbria and Yorkshire I have missed you and can’t wait to be climbing your tops, exploring your valleys and swimming in your rivers and streams again, it has been too long and we’ve got some catching up to do!

So here’s the plan, a 2 day wild camp in Eskdale in a few weeks, a 10 day tour of Scotland being planned, a bucket list of hills compiled and a little summit list challenge (my first ever) I started during lockdown, to climb the County high points of England.

I’ve never been one for list chasing, although some of the challenges I’ve heard of have often tempted me, in particular the Wainwright’s. I’ve climbed enough of them over the years to think I’d probably make a bit of a dent in the list if I looked at it, but surely the excitement of a challenge is starting at the beginning, even if you’ve done some of it before? So that’s what I’m going to do with my County High Points challenge. Forget the fact I’ve previously, definitely done the high points of Derbyshire, Cumbria, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Lincolnshire, plus probably others, I’ve started at the beginning, in my home county of Lincolnshire during Lockdown. I’ve already added the East Riding of Yorkshire to the list of conquered tops, which was my first trip out of Lincolnshire and the rest, well I’m coming for them, maybe 2020 won’t be so bad after all!

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