My first ever experience of mountains was on a school trip to the Lakes, staying at the YHA Newlands hostel near Keswick. We did Cat Bells after a few days of training walks around Derwentwater. I must have got the taste for it then as I still love the mountains more than 50 years later.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe