Tell me about your activation failures where you’ve failed to even reach the summit!
On Tuesday I had a disastrous activation attempt of Ben Nevis where I failed to reach the summit due to a ongoing knee injury.
I made it about 3/4 of the way to the summit before my knee gave out & the pain became so great that I had to abandon the attempt.
It may sound a bit daft to attempt Ben Nevis with an ongoing knee problem but having fairly recently activated the 3 biggest summits in the Lake District over a period of 4 days, I genuinely believed that if I was well rested I would make it to the summit of Ben Nevis…I was wrong.
This trip was cursed from the start:-
Motorhome broke down & is currently in the garage having the gearbox overhauled.
Ended up taking the car with a tent & booking into a campsite instead. I haven’t slept in a tent since I was a teenager in the Scouts. It was very cramped & not my first choice of accommodation!
I got about 3/4 of the way up the mountain before an ongoing (& as yet undiagnosed) knee problem flared up, causing me to turn back. I didn’t make it to the summit.
I ended up limping back down the mountain relying heavily on my hiking stick. It was a very good impression of a giant, overgrown Yoda from Star Wars!
Got stuck in a massive traffic jam coming home. A 7-8 hour journey took well over 12 hours.
Despite my grim determination & best efforts, it just wasn’t to be!
I’m now feeling really defeated & frustrated. Make me feel better by telling me about your disasters which have prevented you from reaching the summit!!!
There’s a video on my YouTube channel which includes clips of the drive up & my somewhat comical attempt at erecting a tent if anyone wants to see it:-