Thoughts and Frustrations…

So the past couple of weeks have certainly thrown up some challenges for me. In the big scheme of things they’re just little things really and I know friends and family who are right now going through some pretty tough times. I think by no means one persons challenges are harder or less important than the next, it is all relative and soon enough situations change, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.

I have spent many hours working on various projects recently and it has pushed me to my limits mentally. I am grateful to have the support and help of such good friends and the respect of my lecturers who pass on useful advice and give a lecture on something appropriate just when I need it to motivate me and give me fresh ideas. I have called on favours this week in order to make things happen which I’m sure will be paid back in pints soon enough.

Of course the question has been asked why are small things which seem to others so insignificant so important to me. Well I am not doing this expedition just to satisfy my own selfish wanting in life. I hope that in my own personal process of planning and going on this expedition that I can inspire at least one person to get out there and push it to limits. They may not think they have the confidence to go out and do it right now but one day I hope that person will look inside and decide – “this is my moment and I’m going to get out there and soak it up”. To inspire people they need to know my story; an average indoor climber planning and leading an expedition to climb big walls in East Greenland. It can be done!


Wet & Wild

A wee overnight camp in my new tent. Very excited to finally get out to use it even if only for the one night, in terms of testing a tent probably doesn’t get much better.

We arrived at our cosy campsite in Scotland’s central belt on Saturday morning then low and behold the heavens opened and they didn’t stop. With the ‘Wild Country Trisar 2’ you do need to put the inner up first then the outer, really the only draw back to this tent. There were trees nearby so put the inner up under shelter then, put the outer over it and was able to easily lift it to my spot due to the light weight of this tent. Pegged it down, sorted the guy lines and the job was done.

The rest of the afternoon involved some heavy rain, a spot of lunch courtesy of Mr Oswald and then you wouldn’t believe it but yet more rain. There was no let up except maybe an hour or so just before tea time. A couple of beers around the campfire always makes the day seem a whole lot better. When the smoke from damp wood got the better of us we retreated to our respective tents and I am pleased I was in my tent as the wind really did start to pick up later in the evening.

So the rain stopped and the wind blew… all night long until early morning when were greeted by glorious Sunday morn sunshine through the amber leaver of Autumn. The tent stood well and so it should, with it’s sturdy geodesic design there was no transfer of moisture between outer and inner. I would have to say remember when buying your tent that a two man is exactly that and no more. I found this the perfect size for me and my kit with room to change and have my bag and stuff in with me. Definitely my tent of choice for my nights away from home.