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.
Life Changing Challenges
‘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.
The Aspinall Foundation
Who are we?
We are an animal conservation charity dedicated to protecting endangered animals around the world. We work in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in Kent, well known for their successful captive breeding programmes.
Life Changing Challenge events all abide by a 'Leave No Trace' outdoor ethic to promote conservation in the great outdoors.
We have asked a few of our friends to write guest blogs on the subject of 'Leave No Trace' to help educate people and prevent the potential impacts that these issues can have on our environment.
The first environmental guest blogger is from Easy Eco Tips who provide many useful tips for everyone to follow and can be found on Instragram @easyecotips ............
So you thought getting on the wall would be easy did you?? Oh no!
Slowly I pushed myself up there. It was hot, steep and completely open. We were on the top. I stood there wondering what on earth I had done, The Wall stretched as far as the eye could see; on and on it went, a solid grey mass, the size of a small road, with sometimes a smooth surface and sometimes the worst steps I have ever had the experience to climb or descend. I quickly learnt that the smooth bits were worse than the steps! When the wall went downhill, it was sometimes so steep that I had to walk sideways like a crab, walking up I was sometimes clinging to the barrier wall at the side.
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.
Hello. We’re the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and we’re taking over the Life Changing Challenges blog today. You may remember us as the ice bucket challenge charity. That event helped raise over £7 million towards our fight against MND.
The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to improving care and support for people affected by MND. We fund and promote research, campaign, and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND are addressed by society.
This blog started life after an amazing enjoyable trek with a great bunch of people, who started sharing their experiences on facebook posts. After reading their heartfelt words I wanted to share them with others who may be having personal doubts or worries about taking on a life changing challenge. Continue reading