Sky Alton

Mountains (Summer Quest)

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  You pause to lean forward and cough. You feel as though your lungs and calf muscles are on fire and you’ve been climbing less than an hour. Glancing up, you try not to see just how much mountain there’s left to climb. And, you think as you totter forwards again on your protesting legs, there’s still getting down to consider.

  It gets steadily colder as you continue on but you feel almost intolerably hot from the effort of the climb. It’s all you can do not to start stripping off layers: only then you’d have to carry them. With a grunt, you hoist yourself up another near-vertical bit of the path. You can’t really remember what it feels like to stand properly upright and your back is nothing but a collection of twinging muscles and indistinguishable aches.

  You crest another false summit and are brought up short. A huge wall of tumbled rock blocks the path in front: far too high and unsteady looking for you to even contemplate climbing over. You stagger back a pace or too, nearly falling down the slope you just climbed. This has to be some kind of cruel joke. Having gone this far, you now have to retreat back down with all that effort wasted. In an act of pure stubbornness and frustration you crane your neck back and begin looking for another way up.

  Find an alternative path up the mountain by solving this Hidoku puzzle. Construct a chain of consecutive numbers from the smallest number (1) all the way to the largest number (49). The links of the chain can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

(If for accessibility reasons you can’t complete this task, please just let me know and an alternative can be worked out)

  Finally, you’ve reached the summit! The actual top of the mountain. You sit down hard and try to remember how to breathe. A cold wind whips at you but you don’t care. You don’t even care that you’ve now got to clamber down the other side. You’re here! You’ve made it. You look around you, hoping the view is worth it.

  What can you see from the top of the mountain? You can either describe the view (in 100 words or more) or make a graphic of it (upload it to an image hosting site and send me the URL)

  Please submit these tasks (either together or separately) as a reply to your ‘Summer Quest’ PM (as detailed in the main Summer Quest post). Please clearly label them with their location and type. Once you’ve submitted them, feel free to post your creative tasks below if you’d like to show them off (though obviously not your puzzle solutions). The deadline is 31st August.

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