This Sunday, I start an adventure that for the first time in a few years scares the hell out of me!
The organisation brochure describes it as;
“The World’s Hardest Endurance-Trail. 330km and 24,000-metre positive altitude difference discovering all the Aosta Valley region around the spectacular ‘Alta Via Trails’ 1 and 2. It in an authentic journey at the feet of the 4 giants of Alps, the Europe’s tallest peaks: Mont Blanc (4,810m), Gran Paradiso (4,061m), Monte Rosa Massif (4,634m) and the Matterhorn (4,478m).”
Reading it all sounded interesting, picturesque, and even potentially fun!
You also had 150 hours to complete the whole thing. That’s over 6 days. A little like a 250km multi-stage desert run. Except! I have done several of those, they are not too bad.
BUT, minor detail, this is not a multi-stage race. Torres des Geants is a single stage, start to finish all of the 330km with its 24,000m of climbing and descending!
Ever since I have discovered that it is a single-stage event, I have been trying to come to terms with what this meant. I don’t do well without sleep, let alone 5 nights with very little!
But here we are, this Sunday September 7th at 10am local time in Courmayeur, we will set off on this wonderful adventure to enjoy the beauty of the day and the peace of the night.
I don’t know if this race is within my reach but I promise you I will do my best and in the words of Goethe, I will;
“Enjoy when I can, endure when I must”
and try and get further than I had ever done before.
To make this adventure worthwhile beyond my personal masochism, I invite you to donate to one of two (or both) organisations that work to make this World a better place to live in.
Shift.ms is a user led social network for people with Multiple Sclerosis (known as MSers), particularly the recently diagnosed.
Shift.ms is a digital first charity, set up in 2009 by George Pepper and Freddie Yauner. George has a background in marketing, whilst Freddie is a designer and artist. George was diagnosed with MS aged 22.
Diagnosis of MS is most common in young adults; a time of decisions about relationships, family and career. We believe it’s crucial to have the right support at this time. http://www.shift.ms provides a safe space where MSers can support each other.
Aim: Shift.ms aims to support adjustment to MS from diagnosis onwards.
Outcomes: To accomplish its aim, Shift.ms is focused on achieving the following outcomes:
- Reduced isolation and increased social support for MSers
- MSers acknowledging and actively managing their condition
- A self-sustaining community, run by its members
Approach: Shift.ms creates a positive, enabling community for MSers which empowers them to acknowledge their MS, rethink how to achieve their ambitions and get on with their lives.
To donate: https://www.justgiving.com/Devrim-TDG
KuzeyDoga Society was established in 2008 as a result of the studies that the president of our NGO,
Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu had started within the Kars-Igdir Biodiversity Project since 2003. The name “KuzeyDoga” is a modified version of the Turkish word “kuzeydoğu” which means “northeast” that refers “northeast part of Turkey” where we work and the nature (doga) which we work with.
The vision of KuzeyDoga Society is to prevent extinctions and consequent collapses of critical ecosystem processes while making sure that human communities benefit from conservation as much as the wildlife they help conserve.
In a short period of time like in 3 years our society has had great successes. We have Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar Site designated as Turkey’s 13, eastern Anatolia’s first RAMSAR site, we received the Whitley Gold Award which is known as environmental Nobel Prize of UK, have Lake Kuyucuk designated as European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) site of Turkey in 2009. Besides we have Turkey’s first artificial island constructed at Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar site to create a safe haven for birds and started the Turkey’s first vulture restaurant in Igdir.
More on Kuzey Doğa and Çağan:
Turkey conservation work:
To donate: http://www.gofundme.com/Anatolianwildlife
And to follow my suffering:
Bib number: 1054
Geo tracking: http://www.100x100trail.com/crowd-timing/geo-tracking
Event website: http://www.tordesgeants.it/en
Live streaming: http://www.tordesgeants.it/en/news/streaming-tor-live