I love hiking and I (sometimes) love challenging hikes. Since 2014 I am hiking more ambitious, which means I try to get out more regular, I keep track of my hikes and try to do more difficult routes. This means either more challenging in terms of length, altitude gain, techical requirements or - higher summits!
I am a very careful person, who loves to be perfectly prepared. This is why, when I decided to get to the next level, I wanted to be well-prepared.
My next level will be a summit of more than 3000m height and on my Instagram-Account, as well as here, I will take you with me on my journey to the top! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram! #vickygoes3000 #summerof3000
CHOOSING THE SUMMIT
The most important thing about getting to the top is knowing where to go. Of course the choice of the mountain has to be done carefully. As I am not a climber, but a hiker, I was looking for mountains which would be "hikeable". I read a lot of blogs and checked some books and finally made my decision:
With the help of this (german-speaking) travelguide* I picked my favourite mountain, the Bella Tola in the Swiss Alps. This peak is considered as one of the easier hikeable summits in Switzerland - because I want to start it easy :)
PICKING A DATE
Going to the mountains is not about picking a date and then just going up. Weather can be unpredictable in the mountains and therefore I haven't decided for an exact date so far. But I would love to be on top around my 27th birthday - so around Middle of August 2017.
This is the hardest part. It's easy to decide "I will do it", choose the summit and pick a date. But actually doing it can be a hard thing. I am not always a perfectly disciplined person, but I am trying to get fitter for this adventure.
I (try to) work out every day for a few minutes. Normally it's something about 20 minutes working on my muscles and doing planks etc. If you want, I will explain my daily workout in another post. This workout is very important for me, as I need to focus a lot on my right ankle. Since I had an accident several years ago, it is a lot weaker than the left one. But I know, with hard work, I can still walk where I want to go.
Additionally, I am running a few times per week. I have detected I like running last year in October when I started to train for my first public run. Since then I did two running competitions (short distances) and I am planning to do my first 10km-Trail-Run on the 24th of June. Of course, I could run without joining competitions, but it keeps me motivated to have short-term goals.
The last step is to do a lot of hikes before August 2017. I try to include especially long hikes in a higher altitude with a few more difficult sections (like fixed cables, ladders etc.).
I will keep you updated about my training results, the gear I am using and of course the moment when I finally made to the top!