The Expedition

Posted by admin On June - 26 - 2010

Over the next 2 years, myself and my climbing partner Radek Dusatko intend to summit Mont Blanc (Largest mountain in Western Europe), Aconcagua (Largest mountain in South America) and of course Mount Everest (Largest mountain in the world!)

It is important to point out that this expedition and its training will be completely self-funded. We have made the decision that all costs will be covered personally by us. All monies received through sponsorship and donations will go directly to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

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Training – Day 1

On a dark wet September night 2009 I donned my back pack with 17kg in it and headed out for my first training hike.

Living in the country and surrounded by hills I didn’t have far to hike to hit some extremely demanding climbs. It worked out to be a 3 mile round trip taking approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Absolutely no question, this killed me.

I had no idea it was going to be so hard, bearing in mind the only mountain (hill) I had climbed (recently) was Bennachie, 27 years ago when I was 13 years old! How the hell will I ever climb to the top of Mount Everest?

I thought this through the duration of the hike and many more to follow. However, the injections and general unfair lifestyle that Darcey has to endure puts me into robo mode. It’s far easier to push through the pain barrier and to keep going when all I have to do is think of her situation.

So, now I’m carrying 40kg and climbing the side of the steepest hill I can find within easy driving distance from my home – 6 times up & 6 times down (obviously), 4 times a week and climbing sea cliffs once a week as well.

It still kills me, but onward and upward we go.

Our next big training bout before we head off to Mount Blanc is a 450 metre 11 pitch climb up the North East Buttress of Ben Nevis called the Long Climb.


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