Run Your Own Race.

The mist was still hanging over the lake. You could smell the deep heat in the air as the nervous tension was rising off of the athletes gathered by the water. The tall, wetsuit glad man next to me started up conversation: ‘So, what… 7 minutes? It shouldn’t be more than that really should it?…

Berlin

After spending 16 Hours in Cologne we boarded what felt like the Hogwarts express and headed for just under a week in the history packed city of Berlin. The cross country ICE train was great, spacious and pretty easy to get to grips with, making the 6 hour journey enjoyable. A short S-Bahn ride later we were checking…

NYE 2018 – Berlin

I now know what it fells like to be in a firework. Having read up on the best places to be in Berlin when the clock hits twelve, we decided that the chaos of the Brandenburg gate street parties might be a little too much for us, especially when it would be a good hour…

A Positive Plan

Have you ever read a book and felt so connected to the writing that you sit there thinking ‘this book was written for me!’. I was sat, experiencing this very feeling when I had a lightbulb moment, an epiphany, a clear moment when multiple thoughts came together as one. Brooding – ‘To be engaged in…

16 Hours in Cologne

Cologne (or Köln, in German) is apparently the fourth most popular city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine. Having heard of the Rhine but thinking cologne was only the makings of Chanel and Hugo Boss, I was excited and intrigued to hear that we were heading off to the city for a…

Mountain Leader Low-Down

Becoming a mountain leader will open doors, it will teach you life lessons and skills. It will give you amazing experiences and possibly start a new, exhilarating career. However, it is no easy task and to embark on the journey should not be taken lightly. Becoming a mountain leader has been one of the best…

Mountain Leader – D-Day.

Assessment Day 1: ‘Wow, this is really happening’ The realisation kicked in that after four years and the recent few weeks of drama, I was finally there, on my Mountain Leader Assessment – this was it. Day 2: ‘Ropework, you got this. Stay calm, think it through’. The constant brain power, the demon on my…

You Got This.

As much as we would like to coast through life without any drama, without being knocked down or stripped back to raw nerves, life is not that simple. I have been lucky enough to witness what some might call miracles, what others might say is just ‘dealing with what life throws at you’. I come…

Mountain Leader – The Bump.

Sunday evening: ‘What are your goals for tomorrow?’ ‘I’m going to smash my training and put in the last stages of prep for my Mountain Leader assessment next week.’ Monday morning: Bed bound, in agony. With exactly a week to go until my assessment, disaster has struck. I’m bed bound, moving is agony and the…

Mountain Leader – The Build Up.

Five weeks to go and i’m freaking out. Building up to my assessment, its like most big moments in your life – you feel waves of ‘i’ve definitely got this, i’m going to smash it’ to ‘oh dear god, I am SO not ready for this’. The last few months have found me trying to…