Thursday, 23 December 2010

Five Dream Climbs

I suppose every climber or mountaineer out there must have a list of climbs they want to attempt and summit. For different sorts of climbers and different people these aims will be different in size, difficulty or fame but there will always be a desire for more. I thought i'd come up with a list of mountains and climbs i'd like to do some day - they aren't all realistic as of this moment but through hard work and over time i may one day be able to attempt them.

Mt Everest. Courtesy of Wikipedia 
  • Mt. Everest is an obvious addition to the list; lots of people want to climb it, everyone knows about it - it's the highest there is and despite bad press and the supposed 'ease' of it i will always want to climb it. This would go hand in hand with the rest of the Seven Summits as being an aim. 1 down, 6 to go!
  • The North Face of the Eiger is the climb on everyones lips in Europe; it seems to be a right of passage for an alpine climber and a proving ground. It's difficult, it's dangerous and it's famous - what more would a climber want?
  • Ama Dablam; having trekked in the Himalayas this past Summer i was lucky enough to get close up views of this beautiful mountain. It's another technically difficult summit but the beauty of it and its surroundings are incredible.
  • Aconcagua; I haven't been to South America yet and this would be a perfect excuse to go! The worlds highest trekking peak and the highest mountain outside of Asia. A good place to get to around 7,000m and test your altitude capabilities as well as being in a beautiful continent, the home of the Amazon rainforest.
  • The Old Man of Hoy (the sea stack in the picture below). Merely to look back to the days of Joe Brown and Bonington etc etc. They were incredible climbing pioneers and great British men! A beautiful climb in beautiful, secluded surroundings!
The Old Man of Hoy in the Orkney Isles of Scotland. Courtesy of Wikipedia 

These are a few mountains/routes i'd love to climb, I'm not sure I ever will but we can only hope! I think it's very important to set goals whether they are big or small; something specific to aim for allows achieving it to be direct and concentrated. Other more simple aims for the near future include Mt Elbrus and Island and Mera Peak in the Himalayas as a starting point.

What do people think of my dream five? Good or bad? Agree or disagree? Maybe one day i'll be able to tick some of them off! What are your dream five climbs? Set your aims and go out and achieve them!

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