Bagging Peaks and National Trails

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

3 Peaks Chiltern Hills done, Purbeck and Peaks next!

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 demonstrates one customer’s progress from Spring to Autumn this year.

Annual challenges

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!

Titles and design reveal meticulously planned annual challenges

Life Long

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.

Lois, Peter and team with personalised Toobs on their final Munro last week

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 on the trail 2019

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 challenge!

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.

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