One of my most recent achievements was made during my trip to Nepal last November. I completed a ‘first ascent’ on the 6’103m-high Himalayan peak known as “Kangchung”, by successfully climbing a previously-unclimbed line. I also managed to summit two other 6’000m peaks during the trip. However the 5 weeks didn’t pass without a few struggles along the way, and I learnt a great many lessons during my time out there.
I’m very proud to have completed my International Mountain Leader award at the start of 2018. The consolidation period was really fun and I’ve had the chance to visit many amazing mountains over the last few years and guide on some of the World’s tallest ones, such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus. It felt really nice to get my PASS after a lot of dedicated time and practice.
However, I’m just as happy at the moment watching my climbing grade improve after only a short period of focused training and commitment. It feels nice to climb a hard route after putting the work in at the climbing wall a few weeks’ before!
Whilst based in North Wales for the year, I am currently focused on completing my Mountaineering Instructor Award and hopelessly trying to rattle through an ever-increasing list of UK-rock climbs. I want to go on and complete the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate in the future, and who know’s if I’ll aim higher after that!