(Hmm. Apparently there’s more to this hill climbing thing than the bottle indicates…)
The Inca Trail isn’t a Sunday stroll, not by a long shot. It’s a challenging trek, made even more so by the altitude. One of the important parts of the group’s training, therefore, is to get some time in on the hills doing some longer walks – 5/6 hours minimum, and a couple of days in a row if at all possible. This kind of training also gives us an opportunity to get to know each other a little better before the trek.
So: last Saturday, a small group of Inca Trail Trek 2012 trekkers got together and climbed Schiehallion! It was a beautiful day, and the steep path and steps gave us a good day to test out how we were doing fitness wise. Suffice to say that Nanas is going to leave us all in the dust, and I’m a complete convert to walking poles!
The good weather gave way to mist once we reached the boulder field at the summit, but just as we thought that we might be denied a good backdrop for the compulsory photo-with-banner, the sun burned through and gave us a perfect twenty minutes of view so we could eat our sandwiches.
It’s less than 2 weeks to go now – so we all need to take care not to break any limbs, and pack the last few things…