Mam Tor
Shivering Mountain

X Box. Couch potato impersonations in front of facebook/twitter/instagram. Whatsapping your mates with endless details of what you are not doing.

There are lots of things to get up to of a Saturday much of which is instantly forgettable and will probably leave you wondering where all those hours went.

There are of course alternatives. Some of which actually involve not using a piece of tech that, whilst having the computing power to land someone on the moon, is dedicated to nothing more significant than making computer generated images run around and kill each other.

Some alternatives even involve turning your devices off and, now this is where it all gets a bit retro and old fashioned, going to places where the signal won't reach.

Yes I am talking climbing a mountain.

Now don't pretend you've never thought about it.

OK it might not be at the forefront of your mind even when your iphone is out of juice, credits or has just found itself under Uncle Bill's high heels with the inevitable consequences, leaving you in desperate need of a substitute pastime. But it will have crossed your mind at least once.

By mountain I am not necessarily talking Everest. I am not even necessarily talking Ben Nevis, Snowden or Scafell Pike. A mountain can be almost any kind of big hill providing you ignore the various technical definitions floating around and stick to the Oxford English Dictionary definition, "a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable."

This means that climbing a mountain is suddenly no longer the preserve of the athletic, adventurous, outdoor type with a bit of a penchant for 'daring do' who knows no fear and values their life no more than the rest of us value an extra packet of Haribos before dinner.

Mountaineering is for all! Even the most dedicated couch potato amongst you. Yes you know who you are.

All you have to do is choose a small mountain.

Mam Tor fits the bill nicely. Firstly it's not that far away. Near Castleton in Derbyshire. It also isn't that tall. 517 m (1,696 ft). But it looks like a mountain and that is what counts.

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That is not to say that it should be taken lightly. It is still an exposed hill where the weather can change quickly, it is easy to twist ankles and break legs and it is a long way from medical help so you should still go with someone who knows what they are doing, wrap up warm; wear lots of layers, water proof coat, hat, gloves; take food and drink and tell people where you are going and when you are planning to get back.
End of serious Bit

There are few things that compare to the experience of trecking up a big hill. Surviving the wind as you munch your packed lunch on the top taking in the spectacular view that you can only get by being their.

If there is and app for this or an xBox programme, I guarantee it won't come close to producing the elation you get by just being there. And I you will never forget it.

Fletcher

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