It’s been far too long since I’ve sat down and written an article on this site. I have been busy, though, it was perhaps more so due to the fact I was undecided in the direction I was heading.
I’ve been slowly working through the 7 Summits, in amongst other big events in life. I now only really have 3 left. It’s time to get down to brass tacks. Am I going to climb Everest in the near future or not?
The answer, I’ve found, is a resounding yes.
My aim is to climb Mt Everest in 2019 or 2020. At the stage, the latter is looking more likely.
When I started the 7 Summits Project, back in 2014, I had never really climbed a mountain before. I’d never seen snow. This wasn’t a challenge I took on because of a love for climbing. It was only incidental that I developed that love along the way. I undertook this challenge because I wanted to find my limits, to reach my potential as an individual, both physically and mentally.
I’ve lost sight of that along the way and because of that, I’ve perhaps not given my all to some challenges I’ve set myself. Even ones I have successfully completed, I haven’t felt fully satisfied. Deep down, I’ve always had the feeling that I could do better. That I didn’t dedicate myself 100% and because of that, I never reached my limits. I never truly tested myself.
It was Socrates who said “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” This is my aim.
The goal isn’t necessarily Everest itself. It’s everything leading up to Everest. The pain and suffering I’ll put myself through in the lead-up to the climb. It’s the journey to reach my physical potential- a metaphorical Everest, represented by the literal version.
From today will begin the 100% dedicated journey to find my limits and to push beyond them. To find out what I’m truly capable of. This is the journey I want to document. I’ll commit to a weekly post on my training, my thoughts and my progress towards this goal.
I hope you’ll join me.