Ain’t no mountain high enough...

Published: 01:57PM Aug 20th, 2010
By: Web Editor

Dear MCM,

I’d just like to say how much I enjoyed the article ‘Mountain Bikers’ contributed by your reader James Ray in the July issue. As a biker and mountaineer, I had full empathy with their bike/mountain adventure.

As a regular walker in the same areas, I particularly bridle at the large groups descending on these parts attempting to do ‘The Three Peaks’ in 24 hours. They are often ill-prepared and the areas of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon are not meant to withstand the impact of large groups, both logistically and environmentally. This intrepid threesome in MCM made the smallest of impacts on their two bikes and didn't attempt to rush the treks inside 24 hours. Plus, they managed to involve beer.

Despite their tribulations – stolen bike, crashes, inexperience, failing machinery, fuel crises, foul weather and lack of sleep and food – there is a constant understated humour. Although I suspect the source of their indestructible ‘we can do this’ approach is hinted at in the sub-title of the article ‘...friends go touring Marine style,’ only these three would tackle Snowdon via Crib Goch.

A great and entertaining read by an articulate subscriber. Any more offbeat articles like this one and I may subscribe!

Tony Beedham
via email


Go on Tony, you know you want to: just £6.99 at www.motorcyclemonthly.co.uk

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