Standing on the rooftop of Alps: How I summited Mont Blanc.

Standing on the rooftop of Alps: How I summited Mont Blanc.

We were under fire. 

 

The three of us in the advance group hunched as tightly as we could into the rock, as a boulder the size of a large suitcase came hurtling down the mountain and missed us by a few feet, passing through the exact spot where I had stood only seconds earlier. It felt like a scene from the film Final Destination, how close we’d just come.

What I learned when I challenged a world record

What I learned when I challenged a world record

But at my lowest point, I learn that the human spirit can endure more than you’d think. After the initial feelings of foolishness and self-admonishment subside I find myself slowly renewing my determination. After all, I’d trained through injury before and got out the other side okay. Tearing my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in 2009; I took a risk to go through 15 and a half months of Royal Marines Commando training less than 5 months afterwards. With a highly unstable leg, there was a huge risk that it could be exacerbated, or at worse, really hammered to the point of needing permanent walking aides.