In your opinon, what % of enjoyment does the anticipation & planning of a trip contribute to your hill/mountain experience overall?
Do you enjoy arranging the travel, route, your rucksack almost as much as the hike itself?
Your thoughts, please?
Thanks in advance
Personally it is low for me. I just want to get out there doing. However I haven't really done any trip that is truly special. If I was planning a canoeing trip in the Canadian wilds then planning would take up more of the pleasure quotient than just a week in the rough bounds of Koydart.
Guess I'm saying it depends how special the trip is... trip of a lifetime or a long weekend away because the weather forecast looks good!!
I'm enjoying my planning at the emoment, though occasionally it gets the better of me. Gear fever... conflicting reviews... indecision... you can help me by taking a look at my article on which waterproof to get.
I've never planned a proper trip before so I can't comment on how it compares. Sitting in my living room with a cup of tea staring at pictures of expensive jackets will be more comfortable though, I'm sure.
I really e njoy the planning. Reading the guidebooks, poring over maps and using the forums to find the best routes for us, gives me a real sense of anticipation. That said, it's not a patch on actually being there.
Planning our first trip to Skye at the moment and enjoying sending my pal alarming pics of some of the routes
I like the planning too and love pouring over maps. In fact, it's often whilst idly 'reading' a map before going bed that I get the idea for a route or a walk.
As for the journey- travelling north on the M6 never fails to give me a thrill. The anticipation of the well known landmarks once you get past Birmingham (Pendle Hill, Grit Fell, the first view across Morecombe Bay to the southern Lake District, the first view of the Pennines, the Howgills, the North Lakes and points further North if we're heading to Scotland) is wonderful!(not to mention stopping off at Westmoreland to raid the farm shop and eat one of their wonderful pies).
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