It was a stunning day out, the trail was beautiful and the views ever changing. From the valley the path wound up through Woodland, over streams and along forestry tracks before opening up onto a vast mountainside. Winding upwards, we were rewarding with views of the southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu before a final steep ascent leading to the top of Ben Lomond (1748m) with a panoramic view stretching for miles.
Holly Budge is a British adventurer, mountaineer and public speaker, having just returned from the roof of the world, successfully summiting Everest on May 22nd 2017.
She documented her expedition daily on social media, using her hashtag #everesteveryday, giving an intimate insight into the world of big mountain climbing and posted a photo directly from the summit.
If, like me, you're one of those people who can't sit still on holiday (or ever) then what you are about to read may appeal to your soul and even your bank account...
Equally, if you're a total newbie to the mountain world, it's likely to appeal as well...
As I sat at my desk in May, day dreaming about mountains - I know, nobody is surprised - I knew that this summer would be the summer I finally headed for the Alps to get some real alpine experience in.
Not only because I fell in love with them on a ski trip to Val d'Isere, but also because I knew that Chamonix was the mecca of the outdoor world and where better to hone my skills than surrounded by all the mountains I've dreamed of climbing...
It seems to be a regular occurrence that people are using 'like a girl' as a form of an insult, be it throwing, running or any other sport, come to think of it... and almost every day I see people taking offence, but why?
Why not use it to your advantage?
Make it a positive affirmation.
Why should being a girl stop us? :)
This week I have a slightly different Mountain Monday post and I'm choosing to focus on a few of those amazing ladies in our past who did it 'like a girl', and paved the way for all of us to continue playing in the mountains!
The DofE Challenge