Tracy Kingsnorth: Elbrus – training begins

March 10, 2017

Elbrus – training begins


I would imagine that most people have never heard of Mount Elbrus and most would not think of it as the answer when asked what the highest mountain in Europe is at a pub quiz (most would answer Mont Blanc in France) but contrary to popular belief it is!


The ‘Elbrus’ seed was planted for me back in 2011 after trekking to Everest Base Camp where I met several people who were completing the fabled ‘seven summits’. This is reaching the highest point in each continent and includes Kilimanjaro (Africa), Elbrus (Europe), Everest (Asia), Mount Vinson (Antarctica), Denali (North America), Aconcagua (South America) and Puncak Jaya (Australasia) and after speaking to them, these mountains were under my skin.


Now after climbing Kilimanjaro back in 2013 and finding that more than a little ‘ahem’ challenging (at one point my guide tied me to his backpack and literally pulled me up the mountain on summit night), I’m not saying that I am ever going to be able to achieve reaching the summit of any of these other mountains but I thought I would give Elbrus a little try.


Some Elbrus fun facts

Elevation:                      5,642

Country:                        Russia

Mountain range:             Caucasus Mountains

First Ascent:                22 July 1829


So the training begins…again. With 6 months to go, I better consider actually doing something now that is going to get me to the summit other than running up and down my stairs at home every other night 10 times. Better make that 50 and do it every night!! So, that’s what I’ve started doing along with lifting ridiculously heavy weights for a person as small as me and adding in long distance hikes for 5 – 6 hours on a Sunday and 3 hours on a Saturday.


My training Partner and I are off to Wales in March for a long weekend of 8 hour sessions walking uphill for three days consecutively and then four days in the peak district in April for much of the same. Stories to follow………


After a particularly long hike a few weekends ago (with a killer hangover to boot), I was feeling pretty exhausted and disheartened with feelings of how I will ever make it to the top after huffing and puffing my way up what felt like a large mountain but was actually a little hill in comparison to Elbrus, I needed some inspiration. So I thought, I’d read some of the latest wishes that were granted on the Rays of Sunshine website to keep me motivated. One particular story involving a little girl called Nadia suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a rare cancer of the white blood cells which has resulted in her needing Chemotherapy partially hit home. Read her story here


If you would like to support Children like Nadia, please do donate to my Just Giving page.


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