“A favourite of all fell walkers, Bowfell is a mountain that commands attention whenever it appears in view. And more than attention, respect and admiration, too; for it has that rare characteristic of displaying a graceful outline and a sturdy shapeliness on all sides. Bowfell’s top is a shattered pyramid, a great heap of stones and boulders and naked rock, a giant cairn in itself.”Alfred Wainwright
So for the first time I was taking part in the UK office products industry’s great fund raising activity, the Climb of Life.
Graeme Chapman MBE and his team of excellent supporters including Andrew and Susie Stacey and Frances and Jason Stephen together with a number of others organise a day hike in the Lake District each year in aid of cancer research. Over the 20 plus years the Climb has raised over £1.2 million for various causes, including over £100k last year. Amazing.
The Institute of Cancer Research is doing some brilliant work to try and improve our chances of survival and indeed of continuing to look for cures and ways of avoiding getting the disease in the first place.
If you’d like to sponsor my team and I then the link to our Just Giving page is here. We are hoping to raise £2,000 and are over half way there. Plus gift aid on top of course!
So in an attempt to get fitter I went to the gym. Followers of this blog will remember my arthroscopy a couple of years ago. Well that had settled my knee issue of a torn medial meniscus really well with absolutely no pain experienced this summer and trouble free walking. Stupidly I think I over did the training. This week the pain has returned. I’ve walked longer and longer each day to try and see it off. Maybe I’m overdoing it.
With Everest Base camp this time next year I’m hoping that I can get the knee back to normal.
Meanwhile tomorrow we have an amble or scramble or worse to Bowfell. For charity. Did I mention that?
The forecast for tomorrow looks like it has room for improvement, with snow forecast above 750 metres. We are going to 900. 902 to be exact. That extra 2 metres could make all the difference! So good gear is the order of the day. And a chance to try out my new rucksack – hooray! I’m looking forward to a lovely 5 hour train journey up to Windermere later and then a bus to the Ambleside Yoof Hostel. I’m sure they don’t call it “yoof”.
So an excellent adventure. In a great cause. And a chance to get to know some of my colleagues better in challenging conditions. And to test my knee. And to enjoy a pint of beer in the company of over 100 companions associated with our industry. What could be better!