Pundits

“Having a go at making your own map is a good way of getting your head around the concepts of pacing, distance and height gain and loss too. It’s the sort of thing to do when it’s too wet to climb and it’s too boring to sit in the tea shop all day. It was the way in which parts of Tibet were originally mapped by British spies during the days of the British Raj in India. The spies disguised themselves as monks and counted their steps on the prayer beads from the Indian border to the capital Lhasa. It worked. They were called Pundits, the people with the knowledge and the name given now to sports commentators and others with “the knowledge”.

Tom Richardson
Climb Magazine, February 2013

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