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Millican Dalton (1867-1947). At the age of 36, Dalton gave up his job as an insurance clerk in London and travelled to the Lake District to live in a cave on Castle Crag, where he slept on a bed of bracken. (He returned south to Buckinghamshire each winter to stay in a wooden shed.) In the summertime, he offered his services as a mountain guide, and survived on a minimal income that he found to be perfectly compatible with his vegetarian, teetotal lifestyle and socialist, pacifist beliefs. When not guiding on the fells, he passed his time climbing, practising woodsmanship, and building and using rafts. Dalton described himself as a Professor of Adventure, and carved these words onto the wall of his cave:

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