A phrase popped up in my Twitter feed that I’d never come across before: lake bagging.
It doesn’t involve bags, but it does involve lakes, specifically wild swimming. Lake baggers are hardy souls who swim in natural lakes which they then tick off on a personal list of achievements. It’s a twist on the more recognised peak bagging, which is a term hikers use to record the number of mountains they’ve scaled.
There is no official organisation overseeing lake bagging but there are unwritten rules: you must swim at least 800 metres, the lake must be named, you must not leave any litter behind, and you must dunk your head underwater.