The time has nearly come whereby myself, Jon Beswick of Adventure in Architecture, Charlie Oliver of JLL, Russel Brooks of RLB and Jon Maguire our professional adventurer cameraman embark for the Red State of Russia to climb and Summit Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus.
Before you ask why, we are doing this to raise valuable funds for our charity, Landaid for whom I am an Ambassador. LandAid tackles youth homelessness in the UK. They bring the property industry together to support charities delivering life changing services for young people who have experienced homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness in the future. We are also embracing this mad challenge through our desire for adventure channelled through the property industry.
I often get asked when discussing the expedition, “how’s the training going??” To which I reply “well, I think…”
I had acute appendicitis half way through my training and was in hospital for a week and on medical leave for a further two. That wasn’t ideal. That was six weeks ago and since then I’ve slowly had to rebuild my fitness and ramp up the training. I’ve walked (not quite 500) many a mile with a backpack full of bricks but mostly I’ve been attending The Altitude Centre in Bank. A fantastic facility that allows you to train at altitude without leaving London (or Manchester!) By the end of this week I will have completed a course of 6 POD sessions which consists of an hour each time in the POD simulating the oxygen levels available to you at different altitude levels. I am currently simulating 6000m which is great training but not too pleasant. I will also have had three HIIT classes at an altitude of 2,970m. These are brutal. 30 min sessions with depleted levels of oxygen and High Intensity Sprinting / Spinning really takes it out of you. I’ve really noticed an improvement in my recovery period each time which will apparently help me when I’m blowing out of my a*rse attempting to summit!
Last night we hosted a Pub Quiz fundraiser and managed to raise over £1,000 for LandAid via entry and an auction. To date Team Elbrus has raised over £2,500 and we hope those who’ve promised to donate once we complete the expedition stay true to their word! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Not only does it provide valuable funds to a fantastic cause it gives us that extra little boost to get up the mountain. We need all the help we can get!
Next time you’ll here from me is when I’m in Piatigorsk prior to heading to base camp at Mathansu Meadow (2,500m)…
We would welcome any donations to make our challenge worthwhile and have set up a fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elbrusclimb