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Clips from the Finnmark Plateau

Clips from the Finnmark Plateau

Last week I returned from a successful Finnmark plateau crossing. This is my third time on the plateau and it was a little different as this year I was guiding a team across from West to East along with Liv Engholm.

We took a new route from my previous expeditions, one which took us well into the heart of the remote, barren plateau.

Guiding was an incredible experience and I can’t tell you how great it was to see the team grow and get familiar with the Arctic environment.

I’d love to get my thoughts down on here properly and all the great challenges there were which I will indeed do soon.

I managed to get some of my immediate thoughts on camera and a random collection is below…. Yes, it was pretty chilly!!


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.

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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