This sad story is a warning to us all. Further details of this affliction, and a list of sufferers, are given by the SMC at https://www.smc.org.uk/hills/ . The picture is of Sir Hugh Munro.
Do you suffer from the following?
- A compulsion to climb lists of obscure hills
- An inability to go up hills not on a list
- Anxiety about others ticking hills first
If so, you could be suffering from Mountain List Mania.
Mark’s Story (name changed to protect his identity)
“It all started as a bit of fun. I thought I could just do a few hills now and again and that would be it. But then I started to do lists of hills. Soon I just had to do them all on the list, then one list wasn’t enough. Eventually I was hooked. I couldn’t go and do good, interesting hills, I had to do the ones on the list. I stopped climbing and would even drive past the Ben on a good winter’s day just to get another couple of ticks. I’d con my friends into doing them with me, saying they were good view points. Nothing else mattered. Eventually I was doing hills every weekend and even in the evening. I would wake up in the middle of the night, sweating, worrying if my friends had done more than me. It completely controlled my life.”
Mark is now in deep therapy. He is slowly rebuilding his life although he knows he will never really be normal again.
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