Challengers

Life Changing Challengers blogs
  • Winging it for Prevent Breast Cancer

    This experience has taken me from relieved to proud then from scared to death to completely
    exhilarated.

    I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie at the core but the idea of a wing walk did leave my heart in my
    mouth. This combined with life events, you know, marriage, kids and work, left it on the back
    burner.

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  • Wing Walking. What an experience!!

    I only realised I was an adrenaline junkie when I first did a Sky Dive in 2017. What an experience!! I was hooked on the adrenaline rush, the excitement mixed in with fear and the huge high it gave me.

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  • The 'Gift' of Cancer

    Yes, ok, you think I am mad! Well….. actually you might be right! When faced with your own mortality, especially, when, ironically you thought you were the fittest and healthiest you had ever been does tend to warp your brain!

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  • Kilimanjaro adventure - Part 4

    Scree running is fun, particularly after the arduous climb the night before. The guides, Kertrina and I stood at Stellar Point looking down the way we had come up – in the light it was completely different. The sun was up now and starting to burn, Kertrina was still suffering with the altitude and the guides had quite rightly determined that down to Barafu Camp was the safest and most expedient way of fixing this little issue. Coming up had taken 7 hours, going back down to 4,600m from 5,745m should take 3.

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  • Kilimanjaro adventure - Part 3

    Barafu camp is a bit of a staging post, for those going to summit and for those coming back so at around 16h00 it’s busy with those coming up from the lower levels and for those coming back from the previous night’s summit. This is the time set aside for sleep in preparation for the summit push. As you can imagine, it’s near impossible to get a good rest and after 4 previous nights of very little sleep the call to get up for a late dinner was not exactly welcomed with good cheer.

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  • Kilimanjaro adventure - Part 2

    We awoke early at the Shira camp on day 3 to frozen tents and although the hot water to wash was welcome – what we really needed was that water to be prioritised to provide a caffeine kick up the backside.

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  • Kilimanjaro adventure - Part 1

    It’s a strange feeling sitting in the shadow of the tallest object on a continent – yet not being able to see it!

    It was the day before the start of the climb and we were in the hotel just killing time when we started to wonder why, after two days in the country we still had yet to catch even a glimpse of the mountain. The local staff had advised us that the mountain was visible only in the early morning or late evening when the clouds shifted but still…at 5,895m we should be able to see something?!

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  • Travels with a Trekker - Great Wall of China - Part 3

    Our minds play crazy tricks on us sometimes. Sometimes its justified and sometimes it’s not. My biggest fear before we left for walking the Great Wall, was that I would not be able to climb the hills that would enable me to even get on the Wall!! So overcome that I had to do!! But it wasn’t easy. Those master builders of all those years ago had plans to stop anyone getting there.

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  • Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

    ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Isn’t that what they say? Just as well that I love planning. I have three planners – for home, for work and for ‘other things’. All are cross referenced, and all are colour coded. They are a work of art. I am a bit of a control freak to be honest and I hate when something happens that I cannot control.

    Anyway…

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  • Travels with a Trekker - My first time

    It all started in a pub – like these things often do. Sitting with a group of work colleagues, we talked about doing something adventurous together, like a trekking challenge, like going on the Great Wall of China.

    After scouting around on the internet we came up with, what seemed to be, the best option.  An all-in trip to the Wall, walking for 6 days and a visit to Beijing at the end.

    So that’s how I found myself sitting at the airport, stomach churning, no idea what was ahead and no idea how I would fare.  

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