Many people take on the challenge of climbing all of the Wainwright Peaks in the Lake District as a feat of difficult endurance, but I am adding a new “Twist” or “Spin”, if you like, to the challenge.
I aim to spin Herdwick Wool on the summit of all 214 peaks using a traditional wooden spinning wheel.
The unusual challenge was officially launched on top of Lattrig, 369m above Keswick on Sunday, 2 June 2019. After a short break due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (March to July2020) I have now climbed and spun on over 200 of the Wainwright fells. The goal is now to finish the last 14 by 1 October.
I have always loved endurance fitness challenges, having already completed a round of the Wainwrights and competed in ultra running events and I love spinning (wool), so it is the perfect combination for a daft challenge doing things I enjoy.
I also wanted the challenge to benefit others who may not have my good fortune to access our great outdoors.
On the way I will be raising money to help the Lake District Calvert Trust, who provide outdoor activities in a safe and accessible, yet challenging environment for people with disabilities.
The spinning wheel I use is a portable Louet Victoria Spinning wheel which weighs 8lb and fits in a rucksack adapted to be comfortable for carrying in the mountains.
The Herdwick wool that is spun will be used to make 2 rugs, one will be auctioned off in aid of the Lake District Calvert Trust and the second can be won by following the “wildwoolworkshopennerdale” Instragram page or by photographing me spinning on a summit and sharing it on Instagram using the #spinherdwick.
You can also find details of my adventures with the wheel at https://www.wildwoolbarn.co.uk
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