Name: Chris Jackson
Mountain Experience: 6yrs
Where did you grow up?: Suffolk, Canada and Bath
Current Home City: Wherever the sun shines
Favourite Mountain: Triglav, Slovenia
Favourite food to pack in your rucksack: Peanut butter and banana wraps
Favourite National Park: The Lake District
Q. How did you become interested in the outdoors?
A. Firstly cycling, followed by mountaineering. I just love a challenge. I find the worse the idea the better adventure!
Q. What is one lesson the mountains have taught you?
A. Trust your gut, if it feels like you’re making a bad decision you probably are!
Q. Other than boots, if you had unlimited money to spend on one piece of kit, what would it be?
A. Waterproof Jackets… a different colour for everyday of the week ideally
Q. What is one thing you pack in your rucksack, whatever the season and whatever the weather?
A. A head-torch, even if it’s possible to navigate using astronomy, clouds are quite common in the UK so personally I wouldn’t want to rely on it, but each to your own!
Q. What advice would you give to someone going out into the mountains for the first time?
A. Take a city mountaineering guide ;) If not start small, prepare well and have fun
Q. What is your favourite season to be out in the mountains and why?
A. Spring as the weather keeps improving… and no midges
Q. Name three mountains on your bucket list.
1. Ama Dablam
2. The Chief rock climb (Squamish British Colombia)
3. Mont Blanc’s Innominata ridge
Q. What do you do like to do keep fit when you’re not in the mountains?
A. Eat well, stretch A LOT and maybe jump on the bike if it’s not raining
Q. If you could go anywhere in the world that you hadn’t been, where would it be?
A. Baffin Island, Canada
Q. What is your favourite mountain/expedition/adventure book? (fiction/non-fiction)
A. The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer
Q. What is your favourite City Mountaineering memory?
A. Morning swims in Loch Coruisk on the Isle of Skye. Oh, and re-climbing An Sgarsoch at 4am whilst the team were fast asleep to find a water filter that had been left at the summit… did a little victory dance when I found it
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