A lot of the topics covered in this blog are running and fitness related. Initially if you had asked me why I run, it would have been to keep fit for my mountain climbing adventures – something I am extremely passionate about. Now I’ve found that I enjoy the running and the fitness in their own right. They kind of fill a hole when I’m not galavanting up mountains as it can be quite depressing coming back to reality (we call it ‘low altitude sickness’). Having lots of running events, meeting other people, running club, fitness classes and even the exercise DVDs help to keep me focussed on my goals and keep me sane!
This year kicked off with an absolutely brilliant trip to Morocco in January with our winter climb of Mount Toubkal (if you’re going to do it – winter is by far the best and much more challenging than summer climbs!), and a weekend away hiking in March in the Peak District with the Toubkal crew. Next month I’m meeting up with the Toubkal crew again for another adventure. We will be climbing the Dolomites in Italy along the Via Ferrata.
The Via Ferrata (“road of iron”) is a mountain route comprising fixed cables, steeples, ladders and bridges. They were originally built in the first world war to aid the movement of military, but are now used as a means of traversing the Dolomites for fun! I am really looking forward to this trip as 1) I have never been to Italy; 2) I fly in to Venice so I get to check out Venice; and 3) the Dolomites look incredibly beautiful and I’m really looking forward to the views.
Here’s a little video about the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites:
The next trip for this year is my Mont Blanc climb in September. I’ve done lots of trekking in the past and hiking, scrambling and I’ve used crampons and an ice axe, but Mont Blanc is going to be the real mountaineering deal. There’ll be high altitude, proper climbing, long and extremely tiring days of non-stop ascent, and there’ll also be new techniques to learn during the evenings.
Here’s a little video about Mont Blanc:
After Mont Blanc I’ll be able to take on some of the Himalayan mountains, such as Cho Oyu. Who knows eh? I’m justing enjoying learning new skills, meeting new people and seeing the world as I go.