“You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path. You also have to look at what accidents might befall you – falling rocks.”You have to be very careful to keep your breath, you have to have stamina because it could be a lengthy path. And you have to keep looking at the summit, the outcome. That’s what I learnt when mountain-walking.” First formal meeting between @EU_Commission and @DExEUgov. #Brexit #hiking pic.twitter.com/qDRF3OLTSu— European Commission (@EU_Commission) June 19, 2017 Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. David Davis and Michel Barnier have kicked off the Brexit talks with an exchange of hiking-related gifts.The Brexit Secretary gave Brussels’ chief negotiator a rare book on mountaineering- a French language version of Regards vers l’Annapurna, signed by one of the two authors.Mr Barnier presented Mr Davis with a hiking stick a traditional carved wood walking stick from his home region of Savoie. A UK source said: “Both gifts reflected their shared love of climbing and mountaineering.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Speaking after meeting the Prime Minister in May, Mr Barnier said it had been an opportunity for them to discuss their “shared passion” of rambling and hiking in the mountains.And in a barely-veiled warning to Theresa May, he drew a parallel between the perils of mountain-walking and the negotiations ahead of her.”If you like walking in the mountains, you have to learn a certain number of rules,” he said.