Paul’s Blog – Posted 10/01/16

Firstly a reminder that this coming weekend brings plenty to look forward to here in Northern Snowdonia, things kick off with Cerdded Conwy Walks & their series of ‘New Year Walks’. A variety of walks in & around the Conwy valley from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th. Sandwiched in between is Buc’s presentation ‘Stories from a Local Shepherd’ here at the Cafe on Saturday evening. So why not join an organized walk & then relax in the Cafe in good company listening to Buc’s experiences in farming in the Ogwen Valley. For more details of the walks & Buc’s presentation visit our Events page.

How are your plans for 2017 going? Mine are still shrouded in a bit of fog, why, probably in truth due to recent injuries that are hopefully just a blip. Things are looking up having put in back to back 16 & 10 miler’s this Saturday & Sunday but near the end of the 10 miler my right knee felt odd so basically before committing fully to my thought processes I am still looking for some restored confidence. The mind & body are having a bit of a tug of war! So what are the plans & thoughts, I’ll let you inside my head a little (not a pretty place):-

Plans: Walking in The Lakes end of January. Skiing, Ski Tour & possible winter ascent of The Monch end of February. Wrexham Marathon early March. Goldrush Trail in April. Welsh 1,000 metre race in June, Wales Trail Marathon mid-June.

Now for those thoughts: Paddy Buckley. 24 hours up & down Siabod for Reach Out for Nepal in June. A 7,000 metre peak in summer 2017 or 18. An 8,000 metre summit in 2018. Walking challenge with Dorina this Autumn & closer to home Ice Axe & Crampons this weekend. We can dream but can we do, only one way to find out. Now out for a run to listen to that knee, back, shoulder & inner voice. Happy thinking & doing.

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