People keep asking me what I am doing to train for this year’s Himalayan trip in September/October. Well, ‘training’ as such has never really been my thing so I suppose it’s fortunate that I like the kind of activity that makes me breathe heavily and is therefore presumably good ‘training’ for Himalayan activity.
Lately it’s been testing a GORE-TEX® shell in the wild and wet Duddon Fell race, sweating terribly in the Great Hucklow fell race and getting out as much as possible climbing on the Peak District crags in the evening.
Aside from that preparation continues apace with Indian bureaucracy testing even the most patient of Civil Servants. Currently we are at the point where the Indian Mountaineering Foundation is awaiting Government permission for us to visit an entirely open area of India for which we apparently all need something called an x-mountaineering visa. Needless to say the visa processing centre appears not to have heard of these visas.
All very curious but Indian bureaucracy usually works out in the end. I have taken to viewing it as an additional challenge to be savoured when successfully overcome. And behind it all the 6,000m peak of Shiva awaits in September. Excitement is building.
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