HIGHLANDER, in case you’re not already familiar with it, challenges hikers to take on a 50km hike over three days or a 100km hike over five days. At each HIGHLANDER event, a fully mapped route is provided, hikers are provided with food and water, safety teams are on hand and the organisers also take care of luggage transportation.
Founded in Croatia in 2017, the series has expanded to Egypt, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, the States and now, finally, the UK, with the inaugural event set to be held on the 5th of July 2023.
Last June, I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the kind-of dress rehearsal for next year’s event. Here’s how it went and everything you need to know about HIGHLANDER adventures.
It’s Definitely Not a Race
Speaking to the HIGHLANDER team during the hike, it’s clear that they want this to appeal to people who aren’t so keen on the idea of taking part in an event that involves competition against others. HIGHLANDER, they say, is all about enjoying time outdoors. If there’s any challenge involved, it’s against yourself.
The Route Goes For Maximum Views
It’s hilly, in other words. We only walked a two-day segment but there was a surprising amount of ascent involved. OK, they could’ve planned a route that sticks solely to the valleys, but that wouldn’t have been as fun, would it? The views we got really were jaw-dropping.
It’s a Great Way to See The Lake District
Backpacking through any place is such a good way to get to know and understand an area and the lay of the land within it and this route will take you through a big old chunk of the national park. You’ll visit popular places like Great Langdale and Borrowdale, see stunning sights like Ullswater and Aira Force waterfall, and you’ll bag a fair few Wainwright Fells, including Fairfield, High Raise and Steel Fell.