“Anything of importance in a man’s life must take place beneath the open sky” ~ excerpt from the book ‘Game of Thrones’
My body may be back in the UK, but my heart and soul are still at the incredible places that we encountered during our travels, flying free like majestic eagles under the open skies and immense beauty.
It has been both a mental and physical challenge to get back into ‘normal’ life after the incredible 7 months of travelling that I’ve just had. It’s not easy to adjust from being outside 10 or more hours a day, 7 days a week, to being reduced to such limited sky time, especially having come back to winter! It’s meant a change from being out and about every day – either hitting the crags from morning till sundown, or heading off on a long hike surrounded by magical scenery, or walking our socks off to see all the sites a city has to offer, or even sometimes just chilling on a beach or lying on the grass in a park and reading my book – to sitting in an office 8-10 hours a day, and really feeling the limits on time for sport and outdoor activities.
Spending the day under the open skies is what drew me to climbing way back when, and has kept me climbing for over a decade, and will keep me climbing for many more years I can guarantee you 🙂 I can’t imagine life without these wide open spaces where my soul is free to soar and I feel alive with energy and vitality. I’ve also found that the people I meet and friends I make through climbing (mostly) share this same appreciation for the great outdoors, whether it’s to climb or hike or just soak up the goodness, and this is another big reason why climbing has become such an integral part of my life.
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