Five places are up for grabs on a walk around the Lakeland fells with mountain legend Alan Hinkes.
Mr Hinkes, famous for crocking himself after choking on chapatti flour, as well as being the first Brit to conquer all the world’s 8,000m mountains, will lead the walk from Keswick in May.
All you have to do is win a charity auction on eBay. The accompanied trip, part of the first ever Keswick Mountain Festival, will involve a boat trip across Derwent Water, followed by a hike up High Spy, a descent into the Newlands Valley and a return to Keswick. The walk will be about eight miles and will finish with a trip to one of the town’s 20 outdoor shops to pick up a tee-shirt and a signed poster from the mountain legend.
There are no details yet, but you can keep checking out the festival website if you want to take part in the bidding.
The mountain festival runs from 16 to 20 May. Speakers will include Sir Chris Bonington, Simon Yates, Alan Hinkes, Andy Cave and Cameron McNeish.
Activities on offer during the festival include guided walks, a mini mountain-marathon taster, geocaching, gill scrambling, paragliding and the opportunity to have a foot massage after all that activity.
The event is part of a bid to make Cumbria the adventure capital of the North-West, which shouldn’t be that hard bearing in mind it’s got England’s highest mountain, lakes galore and plenty of other bits of hazardous terrain. Though a walk through parts of Manchester could be more adventurous.
The festival also includes the Wainwright Society Challenge, which involves the ascent of Skiddaw and some dodgy mathematics, as reported on grough in December.