It was meant to be a training weekend, the first time we had all been away together as a TEAM.
Firstly, a massive THANK YOU to Tim King who sat down with me a while ago and decided what would be best for us and he did not disappoint.
The first day was high winds and the climb up to Kinder Scout, one of the highest peaks in the Peak District.
We found it hard going but it was great to be actually out in similar terrain and gradients as it will be on Mount Kilimanjaro. The going was pretty slow, Rosh particularly found it tough as he is a bit behind with the training as he has been dealing with all the administration for us.
We all had to dig very deep to complete the climb and then descend down the legendary Jacobs Ladder, it was a real test and a constant pounding to the joints.
Brian injured his ankle quite badly on the way down but we completed it – although not all unscathed.
We had a regroup and team meeting the next morning and Tim and I revealed Day 2 of the challenge, a 10-mile hike over some real gnarly terrain. The weather did not disappoint with gale-force winds and torrential rain. We decided as a team that it was best to rest Rosh for the second day as he really was feeling the effects of Kinder Scout.
Rosh knows he now has to concentrate on training hard now and hopefully will be ready for Snowden in 5 weeks.
The second day was even tougher. Brian had necked a few pain killers and was raring to go so the 4 of us set off with Tim showing us the way. We managed to complete the second day against all Mother Nature could throw at us. Climbing Mam Tor and completing the Great North Ridge in the process.
I am so PROUD and pleased how far the team has come.
We are all behind Rosh and know he will give it his all to be there with us at Snowden. He is the key man in the team and we all want him there with us.
Special thanks also to James Appleton of Be Military Fit who was far more than the photographer on the day.