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Soldiering on with Wainwright

Posted 17 April 2012
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Walkers familiar with the Lake District may have climbed their fair share of Wainwrights - the 214 fells listed in the famous author's seven guidebooks. Some may even have climbed the lot.

But for one man living in the national park, the last few months have provided a special mission, the Westmorland Gazette reports.

Michael Quinn of Windermere is well on his way to his quest of climbing all the Wainwrights and undertaking 15 rock climbs in the space of just one year, in a bid to raise funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

An evidently very fit Mr Quinn was inspired to take on the challenge after his son Tom was injured in Afghanistan in September last year and the final ascent will be on September 8th – a year to the day after the incident.

Thankfully, Mr Quinn jnr has recovered after extensive treatment and is back with his unit in Plymouth, but his dad has now competed 168 walks and four rock climbs.

Climbing the Wainwrights is one of the most interesting tick list challenges for its sheer variety. Some of the walks can be very challenging, with four climbs literally the equivalent of taking on a Scottish Munro. But for every Scafell Pike or Helvellyn there are also several much lower fells. Those descending from Skiddaw, for instance, may enjoy a simple stroll from the col near a car park to the top of Latrigg, just 1,204 ft. Loughrigg is a pleasant summer climb from Grasmere, just 1,099 ft high but featuring views over five lakes. And Castle Crag in Borrowdale is not even 1,000 ft.

Wainwright's personal favourite was Haystacks, itself a little under 2,000 ft. But a walk of that ridge can add many more to the tick list like High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike.

And so the list goes on. Great Gable may be a tough climb up a 2,949 ft mountain, but Green Gable is a short and simple renascent from Windy Gap.

So the Wainwrights is a challenge that combines the hard and the easy in hillwalking terms. But to do the lot in just a year remains quite a feat.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801341332-ADNFCR