Challenges 1 & 2 – Nailed!

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Paul and I have just returned from a Ski trip to Italy over the Christmas break. A fantastic week in the Dolomites, staying in Madonna di Campiglio and learning to Alpine ski and Cross-Country Ski. I had two fantastic teachers, Andrea on the slopes and Carmela on the flat…five half-day lessons for each type of skiing and by day three I did a blue alpine run!! Chuffed! Photos and video footage to follow shortly, courtesy of the trusty GoPro. And a classic one of me falling on my butt on the cross-country tracks!!

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Time to prepare

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The expedition information arrived for Elbrus and I clearly need time in the mountains to learn how to use crampons and ice axes. I have booked myself on to a trip over the February half term to do exactly that – six days in Scotland, learning from the experts. In the meantime, I need to recover my walking fitness and get some new boots – mine won’t take crampons as I walk in trainers…I climbed Everest Base Camp in trainers!

Purchases

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The Slackline is on the way…a Maverick Pro…if you are going to learn, you might as well learn on the best kit around. I need all the help I can get!

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