The father of Shoshanna, Aaron, Shimon and Elisheva should know
as he’s climbed all 214 Wainwrights — the fells in the Lake District.
Michael, who is married to Denise and lives in Salford, explained:
“They were given this name because they were documented in great
detail by the late Alfred Wainwright in his series of seven Pictorial
Guides, published from 1955-66.
“Prior to 2009 I had climbed six of them on an ad-hoc basis, but
then I was made aware of BBC Four’s Wainwright Walks with Julia
Bradbury, which inspired me to set a goal of reaching the remaining
208 summits over a seven year period. And last month, I did just
The impressive feat was completed over 65 different excursions.
But, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Michael.
He said: “The weather is a challenge — I always check out the
mountain weather information service before I go.
“But high winds can make exposed ridges dangerous. I was once
blown sideways by the wind, but thankfully I was on a wide ledge.
“A smaller one would have been dangerous.
“Rain is always a problem, especially when not properly protected.”
He added: “It’s great for cardiovascular exercise.
“There’s always tremendous scenery, and plenty of solitude.
“This gives me time to think and reflect, especially away from
the tourist hotspots.”
A major change since Michael started this journey is technology.
Where once he used Ordinance Survey maps, he now uses digital
“This is great for me, as not only do I have the entire area on
my phone, but I can zoom in . . . which helps when you’re eyesight
gets worse,” he joked.