Monday, 8 August 2016

What to do after K2?

I am back in Scotland earlier than I thought I would be.  Now, there are lots of positives obviously associated with this but I am struggling to put into words how I feel about the entire K2 season being called off before it really got under way.

I feel as if I have a big wound that is still currently oozing and is refusing to heal.  I genuinely feel that time will be the best cure and perhaps now isn't the best time to try and force it closed.

I am certainly looking forward to reading Jakes Blog about the expedition (just on the off chance I don't know what happened) since everybody I have spoken to has mentioned how fantastic it is.

I will now focus on performing emergency first aid on all the house plants that Derek forgot we owned, that is in between the unpacking and (yes) repacking because in 48 hours we hit the road once again.

 After all, what's the point of having a life if you don't live it to the full?

Oh, as a footnote, can I just say a massive thank you to all the very very kind words of support that you guys gave :)

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Adventure Peaks K2 Expedition

The time has finally come to shut down Di Gilbert Mountaineering for the summer as I pull on my Adventure Peaks hat.

I get many reactions when I say that I am heading off to K2, and then even more funny looks when they discover that I am the Expedition Leader.  I haven't spent much time trawling the internet to learn out various facts and figures, that just doesn't float my boat. To me, I am heading off to a truly beautiful part of the world to have an amazing adventure.

My main point of contact to the rest of the world will now be through Neil at Adventure Peaks who will be doing his best to keep all family and friends updated about the teams progress.

To keep up to date, you need to follow the Adventure Peaks News Page.  

Monday, 6 June 2016

I love Scotland

Scotland never fails to disappoint me.  2 very special days in Glen Clova working with some awesome people for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland - an organisation who continues to do great work.

In 4 days time I will be departing the UK for a rather large adventure.  I really should be packing ( I have my spanky new Scarpa Phantom 8000ers out of their box now so at least it is a start?) but the lure of the hills is too strong.  For the next 2 days I will be topping up the Farmers tan before I do one more blog about the #badassmountain.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Escaping to the West

In fear of becoming Di Gilbert (tries to) Mountainbike, there is now photographic evidence that I am still a climber :)

I could write about the awesome days climbing in Glencoe or the awesome days climbing in Glen Nevis but no, I will share the joy of the bike.

The same way that every rock face doesn't necessarily mean that a climb is worthwhile, every single track on a map doesn't mean that it makes a good mountain bike.

We embarked on the 40k Ciaran Path with 1100m ascent. This was planned for the morning, followed by a swim and an evening crag.  Oh little did we know.

7 hours later having pushed our bikes for what seemed like 39.9 km, not a route that I would recommend.  On a positive note, the cycling to Luibeilt is very good and there is some excellent single track to be had throughout the route, but does that enjoyment outweigh the unrideable bog/mash/trenches/ditches for the remainder of the route is anybody's guess.  This is coming from somebody who actually doesn't even mind a hike-a-bike route but really .....

Needless to say that the evening swim and the evening crag failed to materialise.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Owl and the Pussycat

It wasn't quite The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea but it wasn't far off!

Sometimes you look at a map and just know that it is going to be a very, very, very long day on the hill.  That is, until somebody suggests that you knock the birds nest off the canoe and launch the Super Tanker.

What a complete giggle bagging some very remote Corbetts and a Munro (why not since she's there).

No midgies, only a few tiny ticks, dry waterproofs, a camp fire and great company.  What more does a girl need?

Friday, 13 May 2016

The joys of the Jura

It all starts with a tent really. 

For us, it was then an old Ford BT van with a DIY conversation.

Finally, you make it big and upgrade to a VW T5 Transporter.

And then you get old [that obviously only applies to Derek since I refuse to get any older] and learn about a brand new world of Motorhomes/Camping Cars.

Oh my goodness, no longer is their a requirement to have a pee outside and learn where the nearest public shower is and by far the most important thing, there is no longer a need to ration the toys to play with.

Since Derek is in training again for another swim/bike/run and Di is in training for a big peak there was no better place to head than the Jura Alps.  I cannot recommend this place highly enough, especially early season when the big mountains are still snow capped and trying to work out what season it is.

Discovering and sampling the yellow wine was obviously a low point, but it was very important to stay hydrated :)

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Summer is here

Oh yeh baby [in the best Austin Powers accent].

This means that my skis have been waxed, serviced and are now resting for the summer.  Ice axes have been sharpened and ice screws have been oiled (yup) and are now in storage.  Crampons and mountaineering axe will be activated soon so no rest for them.

The website has now been updated to summer mode, which actually seems quite futile since this year I will mainly be working for these guys.  In short kids, if you want to be awesome this summer you need to come early (pre 9th June) or late (September).  You can absolutely be awesome out with these dates and tell me all about it when I return to the UK :)

I am now going to be not so awesome as I splash around the water (yes, they are indeed a set of hand paddles), get my legs strong, and become a climbing ninja on a micro adventure.