“Most physically demanding thing I've done, but the sense of achievement is amazing”
I'm 46 years old and of average fitness. I found the first day's walk up to the Pendant Hut very tiring with the unending steps. When we got level with the Laban Rata guesthouse and had those 3 or 4 flights of wooden stairs to do to get to our own hut, I was at the limits of my stamina. However, recovery was speedy and I was able to come back up them much quicker in the pouring rain after dinner. I honestly don't believe I slept at all between bed at 6.45pm and getting up at 1.30 a.m., and I had my doubts about my capability of reaching the summit. Yes, it was hard, but everyone found it hard to a lesser or greater degree, and, although the rest of my family (including my amazing 10 and 12-year old kids) could go at a faster pace, I was in better shape than some, and reached the summit by sunrise through determination. My hands were painfully cold as the ropes that you use to haul yourself up (easier than walking!) were wet and my gloves got soaked. The wind was bitterly cold and I didn't even have the energy to wipe the condensation off my glasses, but I am still on a massive high, even 10 days later, from knowing that we all, as a family, made it to the top!
We did the Walk the Torq circuit of the via ferrata on the way down, which added interest to that early part of the descent. None of us is scared of heights so it was well within our capabilities and was very enjoyable - using your brain as well as those weary legs. The views back up those sheer granite rock faces were spectacular too.
By the time we got to the bottom of the mountain, 4 hours later, I never wanted to see another step in my life. I felt like my knees would never recover - yet, strangely, I was absolutely fine from the next day onwards: a little stiffness but nothing major at all.
If I'd tried to get a bit fitter for this climb, I'd have found it easier, but it does prove that it's do-able if you maintain a reasonably active life.
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