Day 789

Gran Paradiso


After I climbed Snowdon over a year ago I realised that what made the weekend so special wasn’t getting to the top but the people who came and joined me.

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On the first night in Chamonix we sat down and I asked everyone to introduce themselves and then tell everyone the real deeper reason for them committing to this challenge. Something that most people don’t really think of until asked.

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For a few people they just love an adventure but for many it was because they were in a transition or period in their lives where they felt that they needed to do something, shake things up or discover something about themselves. Some of the stories that came out around that circle were truly moving and then to watch people open up and bond over the following few days just highlighted why I feel so passionately about these trips.

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Achieving something as a group is a powerful thing but doing it in the mountains caries a different quality all of its own. Mother Nature decided we weren’t going to summit on Saturday but we walk away heads held high with over 5.5k metres climbed and 30k raised for charity.

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The real value isn’t found at a destination, it’s found everywhere, every single day in the people around you. People bring value to people. Your relationships are the most important thing that you have so look after the old ones and be open to new. The laughs, the tears, the successes, the failures, it all means a lot more when you do it together. ✌️

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Having said all that I’m definitely going back out to climb that bugger….🏔

Grand Paradiso

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