Huge thank you to Mashreq Bank who are now a category sponsor for our Vinson and Everest trips! We’re so grateful, it wouldn’t happen without you.
Very exciting news – Everest and Lhotse are now booked with Alpine Ascents for March 31st to May 31st 2012!! It’ll be the last of the Seven Summits, and will be my attempt at the world record to become the first female to summit two 8000m peaks in under 24 hours. So exciting! After seeing so many pictures and hearing so many accounts of the famous Everest climb and its notorious ice fall etc. I can’t wait to get there and experience it all first hand.
From what I’ve heard our climb will probably be lead again by Garrett Madison, the lead guide on our Vinson climb, so it’ll be brilliant that we’ll have already climbed with him – it’s always nice to get to know those you’re going to trust your lives with!
I’m back in Dubai after almost 5 months away in the UK; the weather’s beautiful and it feels like a holiday. I know it won’t last long, but I’m enjoying it while it does! It is strange though, going from cold, autumn weather with all the golden colours to the warm summer weather here. And the disappearance of Christmas decorations everywhere too – very odd.
On a different note, I’ve just completed my first triathlon! It wasn’t too bad, but I’m very bruised now, and have found out that I have a great weakness in cycling… It just doesn’t seem to go as well as the others. So, that’s my next challenge I guess then, improving my skills at riding a bike. Back to the gym tomorrow, despite being very fit at the moment I know I still have a long way to go before Everest. But all is looking good for now, and I’ll keep you posted on any more news.