Skógafoss – Iceland
Every now and again I find myself thinking, is there such a thing
as a real adventure anymore. Life is everyday more and more interconnected and we have access to vast amounts of information. Even now I am sitting in Keflavík International Airport – Iceland, typing this on my iPad. Over the last 7 days I have traveled nearly 1700km and circumnavigated Iceland. I have seen amazing waterfalls, sailed off the North coast in the Arctic Ocean, horse ridden through the interior, been to glacial lagoons and trekked mountains to hidden geo-thermal pools. This trip was born from curiosity, as many are. In theory and from experience it is the unknown that makes for an adventure but on this occasion I had completed detailed research, seen photos of my destinations and read reviews from other travellers. In short what I was expecting to see was exactly what I found on arrival. As humans we rely heavily on our senses to process the information of the world around us. Looking at photos or reading reviews can never compare to the experience of standing there in person. The feel of spray on your face, the noise of water crashing to the ground, the smell of damp and earth. If this is the case what we seek is not the knowledge of a place but a feeling of it under our feet. Is this what we call adventure? The need or pull to answer that curiosity deep inside. The image in our heads of what it might be like and a desire to discover what the reality is. This country is truly amazing and I can genuinely say it has been a real adventure. I come home feeling inspired, I want to talk about it and share the experience, to convince others to undertake their own adventure. Each journey is personal to the individual undertaking it and we all travel for different reasons. In is way there is no real way to say what an adventure is, as it is unique to personal perspective but as long as we have a curiosity to experience the world not just google it, adventure will live on.
Unjustifiable Risk?: The Story of British Climbing by Simon Thompson-Publisher: Cicerone Press
I’m sure everyone who has ever been out in the mountains, be it for a school trip, something personal or as a hobby/work has asked themselves this at some point. Why am I here, why am I doing this (and for those wife’s & girlfriends out there) why did I agree to this.
This question comes for any number of reasons, fear, exhaustion, lack of interest and anything else at that particular moment makes you question your sanity.
For a long time I have held a passion of working within/around the outdoor industry in some form or another. I spent years applying for jobs, searching and never getting anywhere. Most turned me down without comment choosing not to reply. Every now and again I would see the perfect job, one that suited me to the letter (or so I thought). I would spend hours researching the company, preparing my application…….dreaming of what it would be like to work there and how grateful I would be. The inevitable always seem to happen with the eventual email arriving thanking me for my time but letting me know that my application had been unsuccessful.
Well….. all good intentions seem exciting at first then as usual we get caught up in the the normalities of life and things get pushed aside. I started this blog with the idea of keeping an on-line journal of my travels but as you can likely see the information is a bit lacking. Its frustrating as the last 18 months have seen seen some of the most enjoyable trips I have undertaken. Hopefully this will be a fresh start and I will actual put the work into keeping up to date!
Final summit push on the Bishorn
Team photo after a successful summit of the Breithorn
Return to civilization from the Monte Rose Hutte
Sport climbing at Fluealp ( Matterhorn in the back ground)
Well what a trip this was…….all I can say is fantastic!
2 weeks in the Alps, based outside of Zematt in the hamlet of Tasch/Randa, great company, unbelievably good weather and a tick list of summits. The drive out was pretty uneventful until we reached lake Geneva at which point the mountain visits opened up to give us a taste of what was to come.
Camp set up the first target was the Monte Rosa massif (in retrospect not a great option for a first assent). A typical alpine start leaving the hutte at 2am, what followed was a 13hr round trip form hutte to summit and back again with a high point of 4515m. All I can say was knackered!!!
Next up was a short stroll up the Breithhorn, a pleasant day out and nice to stretch the legs after the epic of the previous days. The view form the summit ridge down to the Monte Rosa glacier highlighting all our toils from the days previous.
The summit days themselves where interspersed with days in the sun at base camp, the odd trip to one of the many local sport climbing venues or enjoying the local via ferreta routes. I can honestly say time away with friends whatever you do is some of the most memorable and relaxing times possible.
I appreciate this is a very summarized trip report so I will endeavour to update fully in the near future…………
Well here we go, the start of another adventure, all be it a slightly different on-line one. Bare with me as this is work in progress and its going to take me some time to get my head around the system and things looking the way I want them but I promise to keep updating new posts along the way.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step”