the mountain Spirit

Claire Hughes

The Inspiration

At 14, Claire Hughes switched from a stroppy disinterested teenager to venturing up her first mountain via a heady scrambled route with her dad and never looked back. She has spent her life, outside work, walking, climbing, cycling, wild camping, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, packrafting, engaged in snow sports, as well as river and ocean rowing.

Peak Baggers Gin is inspired not just by her love of all outdoors but by her determinations to challenge herself, empower women, and champion gender equality through mixed gender teamwork, and of course by her love of Gin.

The Person
Claire Hughes would not describe herself as superwoman or a full-time athlete, but a woman the wrong side of 40 with a dodgy back, an overenthusiasm for cake, chocolate, real ale and Gin, holding down a busy full-time job.
In her spare time, she cycles, scrambles, sea kayaks, river and ocean row, paddleboards, runs, cold water wild swims and does a range of snow sports. She would say that whilst she is for the most part distinctly average in all disciplines, that’s not the point. She does these activities because she loves them and values them for her mental health.
She would now like to share these things in the hope it inspires others to have a go. She loves to empower women but also to champion gender equality through mixed gender teamwork.
Claire’s outdoors romance has not been without mishaps. These have included a close facial encounter with a horse’s hoof, an unfortunate unplanned backflip whilst snowboard breaking some vertebra in her back, and more recently dislocating and badly breaking her ankle whilst simply walking on snow covered moors, ending in a rather dramatic helicopter rescue! As a result in 2022 she completed another challenging to raise money for the Northumberland air Ambulance

Whilst Peak Bagging is synonymous with climbing hills and mountains, Claire has always associated it with achieving one’s personal goals, throughout ones life.

And so Peak Baggers Gin was created by the Adventurers Drinks Company to celebrates success in whatever form it takes. 

Adventures to Date

2017 - The Adventurists Rick Shaw Run - a 2,800km across India from Kochi in the south to Jaisalmer in a glorified lawnmower (tuk tuk!)

2018 - 2019 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – Guinness World Record Fastest crossing by a Mixed Four with Team Tyne Innovation

2020 - Northern Sweden wild camping in the mountains at -20C with a pack of dogs.

Future Adventures

2023 - To be announced 

Peak Baggers Gin

Peak Baggers Gin, the mountain spirit, is inspired by all you Peak Baggers out there. Those who do it for fun, for the physical and mental challenge, or for the records

Peak Baggers Small Batch Gin 70cl

Peak Baggers Small Batch Gin 70cl

Regular price $51.00
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Peak Baggers Gin is made in small batches, at the Kirkjuvagr Distillery in Orkney, whose own brand celebrate their Viking heritage.

Created on the classical foundations of juniper and coriander together with angelica and citrus, it embraces its back story with its unique flavour coming from the botanicals found on the mountains and peaks of Great Britain including Bearberry, Blueberry, Heather, and Mountain Ash.

Bearberry provides a natural sweetness complementing the slightly bitter taste of Mountain Ash. Blueberry provides a real depth of fruit flavour and the Heather provides a subtle perfumed aroma, imparting a delicate grassy, floral note.

Together they produce a fresh vibrant gin, with an aroma that gives you that fresh invigorated feeling one gets when you are on top of the world.

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The Mountain Spirit

Gin has a long association with adventure.

In the 19th Century the British Navy found themselves traveling across the world to destinations where unfortunately malaria was prevalent. They brought quinine to help prevent the disease and as it tasted awful, Indian Tonic Water was used to make it palatable. Gin accompanied the sailors on these voyages, being in fashion at the time and making a better cargo than beer, as the latter quickly spoiled. Eventually the two liquids were combined to form what is now the classic gin cocktails.

With such an adventurous start it appears appropriate for gin to be the perfect spirit to celebrate achievements of adventure and exploration, on land or sea.

Small Batch Gin

Rowers Gin is made in small batches, at the Kirkjuvagr Distillery in Orkney, whose own brand celebrate their Viking heritage. 

Unique Flavour

Created on the classical foundations of juniper and coriander together with angelica and citrus, it embraces the back story with itsunique flavour comes from the botanicals found on the mountains and peaks of Great Britain

Mountains and Peaks

Bearberry provides a natural sweetness complementing the slightly bitter taste of Mountain Ash. Blueberry provides a real depth of fruit flavour and the Heather provides a subtle perfumed aroma, imparting a delicate grassy, floral note.

Together they produce a fresh vibrant gin, with an aroma that gives you that fresh invigorated feeling one gets when you are on top of the world.