"You don't ever conquer a mountain. You are permitted to stand on it ..." - John Muir
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Throwback to that one time I tried to convince @nicholas_dlamini (behind my right shoulder) to become a trail runner. He told me “I want to be a professional cyclist & ride in the Tour de France.” I am stoked you are chasing your dreams bru. I am so proud of what you have achieved but most importantly that your are still the same humble & caring Nic I met back in 2011. Nicholas is currently wearing the King of the Mountain jersey at the Tour Down Under, his debut World Tour.
Ryno and I will be attempting to set a FKT on the Great Himalaya Trail in early March. This is by far the biggest challenge of my life
The Great Himalaya Trail attempt is a single long distance trek from the west end of Nepal across to the East end, covering a staggering 1406km, with 68 500m of ascent and 70 000m of descent, a distance that takes roughly 5 months to walk. There are currently more people who have walked on the moon than those who have completed this entire trail! “I am really excited, but also a bit nervous to be attempting to run the Great Himalaya Trail with Ryno in a few weeks’ time,” says Ryan. “This is going to be, by far, the greatest challenge of my life. I have never covered a distance (in one go) this far on my own two feet. There are so many unknowns we are going to have to deal with along the way, but that I guess is what intrigues me most about the challenge. This distance is so great and the mountains are so big that I have not quite gotten my head around the project yet. The plan will be to take it day by day and adjust our strategy accordingly!” The current FKT was set by fellow South African Andrew Porter in 2016, who completed the challenge in 28days 13hrs 56min.
The Great Himalaya Trail is not a single trail but rather a combination of various trails in either the upper (GHT High Route) or middle (GHT Cultural route) districts of Nepal stretching from the west to the east (or vice versa) end of the country. Ryan and Ryno will traverse the route combining the High GHT and Cultural GHT to challenge the current recognised FKT, whilst self-navigating the best possible route to link up the 12 required check-points as set by Andrew. “I am extremely excited and humbled by the opportunity to share the Himalayas with Ryan in such a cool adventure,” says Ryno. “Researching a project of this scale, I am nervously aware that we simply cannot prepare for everything and that we will have to rely on the foundation of our friendship built from previous “epics” to find solutions on-the-go and carry each other through! I am really looking forward to it & we will take it day by day – looking after each other!” All details in my bio.
New year new goals. My two major goals for 2018 are: 1. To run the Great Himalayan Trail with @ryno_griesel. Ryno & I hope to better the current fastest known time of 28 days along the 1400km trail, across Nepal. We plan to start on the 1st of March 2. My second goal for the year is to have a good run at Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. I have not had much luck there so here’s to 2018 being a good one on Mont Blanc!
What are your 2018 dreams & goals?