As each month goes by we will add the height achieved that month to the chart. This chart shows the ‘Height Required’ line to follow assuming we manage to achieve 2171 metres per month. Each month the ‘Height Gained’ will be lengthened to represent our current position.
Height Required = 8684 m Height Gained = 11,104 m
April has been an unusual month for me as I did not manage to get through to South Wales at all. Instead I spent all my walking time in the South Downs National Park. However, I have not been wasting my time, I have completed 50 miles of walking and a grand total of 2641 metres of climb. This takes me to 11,104 metres for the year to date, 2420 metres (or 1 month) ahead of schedule. So where is this in terms of the Alternate Three Peaks Challenge. Well I have now climbed Kangchenjunga and am about a third of the way up K2.
So what of next month? Well I now have just 9 weeks (from the beginning of May) before the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge. As a result I will be ‘ramping-up’ the training and pushing for between 20-30 miles per weekend coupled with weight stepping and spin training during the week.
March has been a busy month with two trips through to South Wales and the remaining walks have been within the South Downs National Park. Overall this month I have climbed a total of 2938 metres which has been fantastic. This puts me 1950 metres ahead of schedule but more importantly I am only 123 metres below the summit of Kangchenjunga. So the first of the three peaks is almost in the bag and I am only a quarter of the way into the challenge.
My plan for February is to achieve 2378 metres with the possibility of extending this to 3147 metres. Well as the final walk of February 2017 has been completed I can reveal that the height for this month is 3367 metres giving a total to date of 5525 metres. This is great news as I have caught up the shortfall from last month and I am now 1183 metres ahead of schedule.
January was a good start to the year with a total height gain of 2158 metres. Whilst this is 13 metres short of the ideal it is not too far off the line to be of any concern – famous last words!!!!