How was your year outdoors? Get out as much as you’d like? There was certainly enough going on to have us feeling constantly inspired to sling on a backpack, or pair of trail shoes. And we’re not talking about the silly tales from ‘adventurers’ we get fed every day on social media. What we’re talking about some of the many brilliant expeditions, accomplishments, campaigns and events that we’ve seen. Here are a few of them that really stood out and that made 2018 a memorable one.
March: Mending Our Mountains
The BMC launched Mend Our Mountains 2018 and their admirable bid to raise £1 million to protect the UK’s mountains with a spectacular light up of the trail along Mam Tor and the Great Ridge in the Peak District.
July: The Double’s Been Done
One Ramsay Round is certainly hard enough, even for the fittest of runners, but two? We thought it was impossible… turns out it’s not. Cancer survivor Nicky Spinks completed the epic 116-mile route in just 55 hours and 56 minutes to become the first person to achieve such a feat since the challenge was created in 1978.
July: Breaking Bob
We’ve become used to ultra runner Kilian Jornet swallowing up fastest known times for breakfast over the past couple of years, but it was almost merciless in how easy he made smashing Billy Bland’s record of the Bob Graham Round look earlier this year. Fell runners had been trying to break the record time for completing the 106km fell running circuit in the Lake District since 1982. He turned up and beat it with an hour to spare.