I love persistence. And when it comes to long distances, what better quality could there be? That’s why recent photos from those bagging peaks and national trails struck a chord with me this week.
A relentless pattern
I’ve noticed that, with some, there’s a relentless pattern of challenges accumulating throughout the year. “Three Peaks Chiltern Challenge”, followed by “Peak District North” and “Isle of Purbeck” were map titles that
For others, their well-planned and researched annual challenges feature maps titled to include a date. Year-in year-out we’re designing unique rest points on their journey but often their titles reveal an obsession with pain!
Greater life-long challenges emerged too. When 5 identical Toobs titled, “Lois’ final Munro”, were ordered I got in touch with Peter Larkin and Lois Noble. Just last week she claimed the last of her 3000ft peak Munros in the Scottish Highlands.
Bucket list challenges
The one-off bucket-list challenges stand-out. This week we made a map that simply stated “One day…”
National Trail Challenges
Chris Edwards and team work their way through Britain’s National Trails. Having completed the Cleveland Trail last year, the Yorkshire Wolds Way this year, and planning the Great Glen Way next year, we’re grateful for our Harvey SplashMaps collection and another 10 years of
Tweaking the nose of danger – safely
Some walkers are more on the edge than others. They tweak the nose of danger, but always come prepared. I recognise them when they put their mobile number into the title. Clearly, they want to be reunited with their map if it gets left in the pub, but in emergencies, the map becomes an essential mode of identification for rescuers.