Recovering from the climb; feeling great about having reached the summit and look forward to updating the blog in a couple of days.
Up at 6 am having arrived at 11 …. Bed at 12.30 Onto the glacier near Evolene near
Sion. Preparation training for a Monday / Tuesday climb of a local 3800 peak.
Still 1000 less than the challenge. Looking to do 1st attempt next Sunday / Monday but hut
spaces are causing problems and a 3.30 am ascent time is critical. All in 1 piece after day 1 although some falls in the team drew blood 1st day:-((
Report back Wednesday as no Internet
With so little time to go until the climb I’m feeling a mixture of emotions. Excitement and a little nervousness if I am honest.
But I am buoyed up by two things . I know I have put the hard work into the training . So while it will be tough I am prepared to deal with it. Then there’s the reason why I am doing this. I’ve seen what a difference money raised for this charity (of which I am a trustee) makes. Only this week a baby’s life was saved. It had been starving to death because its mother had no milk and couldn’t afford formula. It’s now on the road to recovery thanks to the clinic which I and my company helped fund. When I think about the challenges these people face on a daily basis it makes me realise that this big challenge for me is the right thing to do. I have been getting some great support from friends, family and people I know through business. Seeing donations come in and getting messages of support is so important . I shall be reminding myself of them as I tackle Mont Blanc. It’s not called King of the Alps for nothing. But doing the base camp of Everest last year has proved to me that I am capable of reaching new heights of physical challenge . I am going to be keeping in touch with home and sending back regular blogs. My team will be letting me know what people are saying and hopefully we’ll see the total raised reaching a new summit too. Thanks to you all who have donated . It means a lot to me and will mean even more to the lives of some very poor people who will see their children educated and get treatment for ill health as a result. If you haven’t seen the website for the charity take a look http://www.funzi.org.uk/ and you can donate through Just Giving http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Cook13. Mont Blanc – I am ready !
I awake to not any part of my knees, ankles, thighs calves in real pain……….how will i manage this day?
The 30 minute drive helps defer and get closer to 5pm but then we arrive at Ben Eigle and it might as well have been Everest
A 14k roundtrip from 9k the day before with an already tortured body
But Alpine weather bestowed
A long trek to the snow line Clobber up and get on with the job in hand……..helmets a must with the rocks and now roping up due to the angle of the climb!
Calves are now bursting..this is just NOT possible but by the inch sinch , up the Mountain we go to Summit No 1
Today was a Ridge climb so hard can that be ,only the next hour would tell with 3 rock Climbs in the way with ice !Grade2 climbing apparently but the tools we need for MT Blanc!
With great trepidation , all navigated successfully and a great feeling that now MT Blanc was douable coupled with we already have a 5500 metre exposure down last year…….4400 circa on MT Blanc has to be in the bag!!
Summit to minibus was sheer endurance of carrying extremely sore limbs coupled with an ice dance from me landing flat on my back
Every step down was gruelling………wasnt it Mallory that is purported to have summitted Everest and died on the way down!!
Focus and concentration were so needed more than ever
Down and out ……….dinner again……….the best preparation I could imagine
Now back to the gym!!