My life definitely has running at its core. But it is not the be-all-and-end-all. I also really love doing other endurance-type stuff when I get the chance (which sadly is never often enough). I love hiking, fast-packing, climbing, cross-country skiing… anything that involves strenuous exercise really! But as much as I love doing stuff myself, there is a limit to the amount of adventure available in north London… unless you count taking the night bus to Wood Green on a Saturday night as adventurous.
So I find myself living vicariously through people who have done amazing things. Recently I have been following the adventures of Ben Saunders on his Scott Expedition, which is an amazing undertaking that everyone should check out. And I really enjoyed following Philippe and Anna Gatta on their epic run along the Great Himalayan Trail.
So when I heard about a talk at the Berghaus store by adventurer Nick Parks, I jumped at the chance to go. Hosted by the wonderful people at Mountain Tracks (who have taken Mrs. F. and me mountain climbing and ice climbing in the past, which were both absolutely fantastic experiences) this should be another great evening of inspiration and motivation. Berghaus and Mountain Tracks say this about the evening:
In November 2012 British Mountain Guide and Berghaus-sponsored Athlete Nick Parks sailed across the Southern Ocean to ski and climb peaks on the Antarctic Peninsula. Come and listen to his story of adventure in this staggeringly beautiful part of the world at one of two slideshows in Berghaus stores in London and Bristol.
There are two opportunities to hear Nick speak: 21 November in the Berghaus Store in Bristol and 28 November in the Berghaus Store in Covent Garden. And best of all, it is free!
I understand that there are still tickets left for the London event (I don’t know about Bristol, but a quick email will mean that you know). All you have to do is click this link to request a ticket: http://bit.ly/1aPbf5O
If you are coming to the London event, give me a shout either in the comments below or on twitter (@simon_freeman) and we can gawp at beautiful Berghaus kit together! And if you go to the Bristol event, please come back and let me know what you thought of it.
On that note, I am off on a north London adventure… scaling the heights of Hampstead Heath perhaps – wish me luck!