I am off to the Alps again this year to try and achieve some of my goals, Last year was a good year for me in my climbing adventures, one of my highlights of the year was to climb the Matterhorn in a weekend (See earlier Blog). This was one of my childhood dreams that I reached out and made possible. This year I have a number of routes I want to attempt, I will attempt the Mittilegi ridge on the Eiger. Although I am happy to attempt this route I still feel that I want to try the North face, Even know I have read and Know about all the Deaths and how dangerous the face is I still find myself being drawn toward an attempt on it.
Other routes I plan to attempt this summer are the Frendo spur on the North face of the Auguille de Midi, the Kuffner ridge on Mont Maudit. These are both graded at D and should be pretty straight forward, Depending on how these go and how good I feel I have another route I wish to attempt, I am not sure If I have the experience or capable of this route but How do I know unless I attempt It. I read a book not so long ago by a truly inspiring gentleman, His name is Andrew Kirkpatric, At first I couldn't decide whether he was mad, crazy or just had a death wish but After time I come to realise that he was just reaching out and taking a chance to achieve his dreams and goals in life. I now know that Experience is a wonderful thing but You can be the best climber in the world and still die just as easy. I know that I am capable of climbing these routes But I need to make sure I am doing it for the right reasons and I make the right decisions along the trip. My Friend is pretty keen to attempt this route as well so only time will tell.
The Walker Spur
Despite my injury I am going to train every day to ensure I am ready for this trip, my leg will be out of plaster in three weeks and I will be back stronger and better than before. If you are still reading this I hope it makes sense, but when you are normally a very active person and you find yourself being sentenced to the couch for three weeks you tend to think about allot of things in your life and where you want it to go.