Six weeks ago today I found myself in the trauma ward of one of the UK’s leading hospitals with what were described as serious injuries. The prospects for activating summits weren’t looking too good. I remember wondering who I could con - sorry, persuade - to revise my home antenna system for me so I could do some chasing.
That all seems a long time ago now. I still have “issues” which may or may not go with time but at least I’m out on the hills again. Here’s the moral of this story. We all know hill walking is good for you but they told me a part of the reason for my survival was my level of fitness. That’s a sobering thought ……
When I saw Viki and Rod had posted an alert for their activation of Bryn Arw and on a fine sunny morning to boot, Cleeve Hill just had to be done. Okay, so I was carrying less than half my usual load but for once, I was going to settle for a minimalist activation despite the difficulty of qualifying this summit on a H/H. Anyway, I did manage it and we made the hoped-for S2S as well. Marching back across the huge summit plateau of Cleeve Hill you’d think I’d just done a 10-pointer.
What next? Well, I’m a long way off being fit still but I’m getting there. The FT-857 and the full system is sitting in the shack here waiting and Bredon Hill is just up the road. That will be next. I am planning on getting back in the saddle this weekend – much to everyone’s horror as horse has the typical thoroughbred trait of jumping sideways at the drop of a hat. My balance was completely shot but it’s almost back to normal now. Honest.
Oh, and I’ve got a Physiotherapy session this afternoon.
See you on the hills soon.