Like every good business, Fellpack began in a pub.
Huddled around a fire, sheltering from the rain whilst cycling from Land´s End to John O´Groats, the first ideas for Fellpack were excitedly shared.
Fast-forward six years to 2017 and the passage of time has created the opportunity. The team, having each taken their time to make the permanent move to the Lakes, were now ready to strike.
On the 2nd June, we took the keys to 19 Lake Road, full of trepidation and anticipation. Months of planning were condensed into two weeks of rapid renovation and the door properly opened on Saturday 17th June, when, at just before 9am, we sold our first item: a humble granola, mixed berry and yoghurt pot. This pot actually quickly departed the menu, but like Alfred Wainwright taking his starting steps onto his first Lakeland Fell, who really remembers how the first domino falls!
Yet unlike the great Alfred Wainwright, our journey is just beginning. Indeed, we are full of ideas for Fellpack and already in our first summer it has a pleasure sharing our Lakeland passions with you.
But who is this team we speak of?
Specialist Skills: Man-motivator; exaggerator extraordinaire; flapjack lover; fisherman; infinite capacity to get excited by John’s latest idea
Before Fellpack: Law, finance, travel sales, cheese-selling. An eclectic mix.
Favourite fell: Rannerdale in April
Walla Dash time: One day the rota will allow me to try. 2019 perhaps!
Specialist Skills: Coffee prowess; boundless energy; process innovator; killer smile
Before Fellpack: Teaching, living the Aussie dream, performance arts junkie
Favourite fell: Catbells – halcyon childhood memories here!
Walla Dash time: Can I tell you how quickly I climb Fellpack stairs?
Specialist Skills: Consistent chef brilliance; Samson-like strength; true grit; creator of the George Fisher burst
Before Fellpack: Private chef, chasing Ellie round Western Australia, porn-star, Navy diver
Favourite fell: Great Mell Fell – a true classic
Walla Dash time: Walla what?
Specialist Skills: Volcano-survivor; handy with a camera; blood-sugar levels that make the cookie monster look normal!
Before Fellpack: Adventure photographer, professional Viking
Favourite fell: Catbells – my Strava king mountain!
Walla Dash time: 29:37
Specialist Skills: Idea generator, pretending to be half-Spanish, all things numbers. Sometimes quite charming.
Spending time telling people that Fellpack could be the next big thing!
Favourite fell: Blencathra – uplifting on every journey into Keswick and exciting every way up, even from Mungrisdale Common!
Walla Dash time: 35:58