What makes me intrepid?

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Me (bottom left) on the ridge before the summit. I am terrified of heights so this really was tough for me!

I’ve entered a competition to win a trip anywhere in the world. Until fairly recently, I’d hardly really been anywhere just because I’ve never, ever had the money to do so. I left university and desperately needed to find a job to pay off my debts then those debts were replaced with mortgage. Don’t get me wrong I know I am terribly lucky to have my own home, but it doesn’t leave much time or money to travel, and I refuse to put things on credit cards. 

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Me climbing Kilimanjaro in September 2011.

Two years ago completely out of the blue I signed up to climb Kilimanjaro as I just wanted to actually say I’d done something with my miserable life. It didn’t go the way I’d planned and I didn’t really enjoy it. To be honest I came back an emotional wreck. I’d hit rock bottom and it was a tough time, but it was good for me because without that I never would have got fit, lost weight, grown in confidence and started to enjoy my life again.

I didn’t want to give up on the whole hiking and mountaineering thing – I wanted to try again and see if it was just the fact that I was unfit that made me hate it the last time or if it really was that mountain climbing wasn’t for me.

In January, I signed up to climb Mount Toubkal (4167m) in Morocco with my friend’s company Trek Hire UK. I knew some of the people on the trek and knew they would support me if I was really having a hard time.

Everything seemed so much easier this time though and I had so much fun. I think this is partly mental but also partly physical. I was able to enjoy it more as I wasn’t exhausted all the time!

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Final ascent – it took 4 hours of wading through deep snow and steep ascent to reach the summit, but we made it!

Now I know that I can do anything I put my mind to – I may not be the best person at hiking or climbing, but I know I’ll be the best that I can be!

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Me on the summit of Mount Toubkal.

If my story has inspired you do something intrepid, then please vote for me here. Life is far too short so enjoy it!

Here is the video of my trip if you want to find out more:

What makes you intrepid?

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3 thoughts on “What makes me intrepid?

  1. I really love this post. I have to admit it doesn’t even look like the ‘you’ I saw at Cybher and it’s hard to believe that less than a year ago you were in such a different place in your life. The Sian I saw was full of confidence and zest!
    I really hope you win the trip and look forward to hearing all about it! If not, just remember you have already accomplished some amazing feats and should be very proud of yourself x

  2. This is a beautiful post! I love hearing stories about people who have done better at something than they ever though they could. Stories like yours give me hope that I won’t just be broke & paying off a mortgage for the rest of my life. Thanks. :)

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