The problems on the way up seem much larger when one doesn't have the form!! , Contemplating various routes up Mt Sibbald with Ashley over Easter.
Getting Back into it.
With the summer season winding down on the Heaphy track it was time to start getting back into some more serious training again , especially in view of a proposed mission in China during July. High time it proved, as strolling through the Heaphy several times apparently left me over weight and out of shape. Going alone on the familiar Mt Chittenden was Ok but heading up the more serious Mount Sibbald with most of last years regulars was certainly a gut busting experience. The effect of gravity trying to go up a mountain with others whilst being out of shape turned it all into a rather daunting day. Pulling up at the rear of the group constantly accentuate's the higher one gets until the summit is out of reach , at least for me as most others in our large party of 8 made it up in not the easiest of conditions.
That was a big incentive to start training again now that the guiding is over although not until I had been with family on a quick trip around the South Island during the school holidays this last week of April.