Walking With The Wounded’s Dan Majid is our very own roving reporter, and he is currently in France’s Portes Du Soleil in training for the Everest 2012 Expedition. Over the course of the training programme, he will be blogging for us. Here is his first report from the Alps.
Portes Du Soleil Training Day 1 and 2, by Dan Majid
After meeting at Gatwick and being herded into cattle class we arrived in Switzerland. A short transfer brought us to our home in Morzine for the next 9 days. First impressions of the place, well its got a log burner and a hot tub and a champagne reception so its pretty good by my standards. The reason we are here is to get the body into condition for our big climb next month. The altitude won’t be the same but walking up hill in snowy conditions and carrying a decent amount of kit will be useful for us.
If the first day’s, ‘warm up session’ is anything to go by then its going to be a tough week! Matt, our local guide took us up to 1950m but the conditions under foot varied from pisted ski touring tracks to off piste trecking in walking boots in snow up to your …….. waist area. This meant going up was slow when the snow was soft but we got to our objective in time for lunch, then mostly fell back down the hill in deep snow. Karl got a 9.3 for his face plant into the snow and Wisey won the human tractor award for his efforts in ploughing his way through the deep snow. Francis won the style award for his ridiculous tango hat.
7 hours out on the mountain: a good start to the week.