One of the many things I want to do in 2016 is climb the UK and Ireland’s four tallest peaks: Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Carrauntoohil and Ben Nevis. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to climb Ben Nevis but as I drove past the mass of sharp grey rock earlier this year, it became clear that I’d need to be mountain fit to take on the challenge. As there aren’t many mountains to build up stamina near London, the idea came to try to see a bit of the country while climbing.
I can now share that we have a date for our first climb. As part of Elaine’s Christmas, I’ve booked two nights in the shadow of Carrauntoohil and got to see her face light up about it last night. Before that, we will try to climb Scafell Pike and Snowdon so that we do them in height order.
Am I worried about being strong and symptom-less enough to do this? Yeah, of course, but I have months to get fit enough. The thought of looking out from Ireland’s tallest peak, hopefully, is more than enough motivation.