I’m really, really, REALLY excited to announce #Challenge446 – my mission to climb every mountain over 2,000ft in England and Wales in just six months. If I make it, it’ll be the fastest ever time (as far as I know) taken to complete the peak-bagging feat. The adventure will involve:

  • climbing 446 mountains – 256 in England and 190 in Wales*
  • walking 1,000+ miles
  • wild camping for 100 nights
  • ascending the height of Everest five times

* The geeky mountain bit (!) – the 446 list comes from John and Anne Nuttall’s book “The Mountains of England & Wales”, which defines a mountain as “any hill that is at least 2,000ft (610m) high with a relative of height of at least 15m”.

I’m starting #Challenge446 on March 16th and  hope to finish by the end of September. I’ll be doing all of the walks in my spare time, while holding down my three-day-a-week job – so it’s going to be a hectic time.

But why am I doing this?

Loads of reasons really, but these few bullet points sum it all up pretty neatly:

  • to raise money for charity – I’ll be supporting the British Mountaineering Council’s “Mend Our Mountains” campaign, which funds upland path repairs on mountains across the UK. Help protect our amazing countryside by donating here: www.justgiving.com/challenge446 
  • to have an adventure – after backpacking around the world in 2016 I’ve been itching to do something similarly epic and this idea fits perfectly around my current job and lifestyle
  • to explore more – I previously walked all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District and I loved the way it pushed me to explore new areas and inspired me to keep going. #Challenge446 will hopefully do the same, just on a much larger scale.

I’ll post updates on the challenge on my blog and on my social media channels…

www.twitter.com/jamesmforrest

www.facebook.com/jamesmichaelforrest

www.instagram.com/jamesmichaelforrest 

…so feel free to follow and find out how well (or badly!) it all goes. 🙂