Moments from Tajikistan

As usual, I climbed in Tajikistan with my good ol’ trusty iPhone. Of course I didn’t expect to be tweeting and calling loved ones up on the mountains there, you’d be lucky if you had signal in the city, I take it because it’s so easy to film with. I’ve become accustomed to chatting to the the phone about my thoughts. It’s good to get things out as it makes me really see how I am thinking and provides clarity on what to do next.

I’ve started going through the videos, below are a couple - filmed even before I’d got to the snow line. So many more to come.

A QUICK NOTE

A QUICK NOTE

This is a quick note before the full flow of stories comes out. 

Tajikistan was hard. Primarily mentally hard. A lot happened and there are parts that I wish hadn't. The most important thing is that Tim and I got out and back home safely. Tragically not everyone who went to climb the same peaks did. 

I updated my Instagram as they went on and I will elaborate on these soon.

I went to Tajikistan for an adventure and I certainly got one.

MONT BLANC SUMMIT

MONT BLANC SUMMIT

Mont Blanc.

With it’s easy accessibility and zero permit fees, it’s an easy climb right?

Well it has some surprises.

Being a relatively seasoned mountaineer (no pro but no novice either) I went there with no big qualms. Thousands climb the peak every year and it’s tremendously popular with those with  no mountain experience due to the amount of guides that haul them up the peak.

Tim and I went to the Alps with training at altitude being the focus rather than a Mont Blanc summit. It would be our last training excursion before this year’s mega expedition; Tajikistan, and a Mont Blanc summit would simply be a bonus.

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THE TAJIKISTAN PLAN

THE TAJIKISTAN PLAN

The countdown is on once again.

This is all getting a little familiar; The weekends away months before, the early bedtimes, the ordering copious amounts of food, antibiotics, altitude meds, paying the enormous insurance fees, Spot tracker and Sat Phone subscriptions... Just less than one month to go until I jet off to Tajikistan for quite the adventure. (Don't worry if you haven't heard of Tajikistan before, most haven't. It's next to China, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan). 

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Back to the Arctic... But on a budget

Back to the Arctic... But on a budget

We didn't have much time. KP works as a teacher so February half term was our only option after promising to one another after a glass of wine too many in December. I get a feeling about whether a trip is going to happen and I got it with this one so it happened. It's a gut feeling - is it worth it? Am I fully committed? I get this feeling because I'm the type of person who can't help but go full steam ahead on an idea that I fall in love with. 

So we made a cheers and a pinky promise to start our plans to go back to the Arctic and sure enough, the next day I had made the calls, planned the best dates and got our basic route figured out. It was on. 

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