I would never consider myself in the league of real climbers and mountaineers but I have cursed my way up icing sugar snow with massive run outs and scary cornices, topped out on climbs that turn out to be ‘vegetated bags of arse’ and stood on the top of some of the most beautiful spots in the world.

My list of places to see, things to do and mountains to climb gets ever longer. And, like most people, I try to fit in this yearning to see the world with my day job and my very understanding partner.

But, as Nick Bullock so succinctly phrased: “life and time wait for no one”.

Penny Wilkinson