In June last year, 22 social hikers took part in the annual 10in10 (and 5in5) challenge, walking 10 peaks in the lake district in 10 hours, raising over £2500 for MS Society. As well as fundraising for a cause very important to Social Hiking, it was also a fantastic opportunity for like-minded people to meet, in most cases for the first time, socialise and chat about all things hiking (social or otherwise). It was a fantastic weekend, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, so, by popular demand, we are putting together a team, and another unofficial Social Hiking meet, for this year.
Some of Team Social Hiking celebrating in the pub after the challenge [photo credit @wellycath]
“What a day, what an experience and what a real pleasure it was to get together with a team of like minded hikers. It was great to finally meet some of the folks I have been chatting with online for the last few years, we even had a guest appearance from the round the world social hiking/cycling legend that is Jilly Sherlock. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend” – Dean Read
Before I go on about this year’s event (and encourage you to join us), here are links to the maps, photos, blog posts, videos and audio from members of the team (thanks to Matt, @hillplodder, who I stole this off!):
This year’s event is being held on Saturday 27th June, once again in the Lake District. Team Social Hiking will be having sub-teams taking part in both the 10in10 and the 5in5. The peaks included in each event are:
10in10 – Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Robinson, High Snockrigg, Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Crag Hill, Sail, Causey Pike.
5in5 – Start in Buttermere. High Snockrigg, Robinson, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor.
We already have 14 people signed up to join the team, but it is not too late to join in – entries for the challenge are still open! (read Phil begging for you to join the team to help him complete the challenge – “My 10in10 fear (and how you can help)”)
The plan for the meet is similar to last year – most of the team will be camping together on the Friday and Saturday nights, and there will be plenty of opportunity to chat to friends old and new throughout the weekend, during the challenge, and at the after-challenge gathering in a local pub. We will also once again be having limited edition Team Social Hiking polo shirts produced to celebrate the occasion.
To enter, visit https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=1732, pay the registration fee of £30 (£25 for 5in5) (putting Social Hiking as the team name), then let us know on Twitter (@SocialHiking) to be added to the team.
There is a minimum fundraising target of £50 (you can have your own fundraising page as part of the team, or use a central one) and all funds raised go to MS Society to help find a cure to Multiple Sclerois. Multiple Sclerosis is an important cause for Social Hiking. The concept and first version of Social Hiking was created to share a hike of Offa’s Dyke to raise money for MS Society after a close family member of the creator Phil (@DaylightGambler) was diagnosed with MS. Subsequently, after symptoms started immediately after the walk, he was diagnosed with the condition.
If you cannot join us for the challenge, you can still can to the weekend and support the team – get in touch to be kept up to date with the details.
What is MS?
MS is an autoimmune disorder which affects the central nervous system, caused by the immune system attacking the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres. MS is unpredictable, and symptoms vary from person to person, but can include problems with balance, fatigue, numbness, visual problems and muscle stiffness or spasms, and in some cases can lead to severe and permanent disability. MS can be a difficult lengthy process to diagnose, but it is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults – around 100,000 people in the UK have the condition. It is complex and unpredictable – there is no cure, and treatments that are available are effective in only certain cases for some of the time.