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At school I achieved all levels of D of E, became D of E leader for younger pupils and completed the 35 and 55 mile Ten Tors competitions in 2006 and 2009 on Dartmoor. At university I was president of the D of E society for two years, and enjoyed many weekend and holiday trips with CUHWC, a club which also enabled me to try occasional scrambles and climbs, activities I found fun and exciting. This led to two highly enjoyable Alps trips in 2010 and 2011, beginning, as so many do, with the ISM Student Alpine Week. I love to experience new environments and cultures, and thoroughly enjoyed an 8 week travelling / volunteering / trekking trip to India and Nepal in 2010 and a 6 week research / travelling trip to Tanzania in 2011, during which I also climbed Kilimanjaro. Having completed my geography degree, studying topics including AIDS, terrorism, shamanism and glacier physics, I am now working for a charity in London and am looking to pursue a career in international development.
The expedition has left me with many memories I will never forget, and the excitement, exhilaration and overall enjoyment will take some beating in the future (not that this will stop me trying). Climbing out of the steep backwall of a glacier with the sun rising up over the horizon behind and casting long shadows ahead, before traversing along a snowy ridge surrounded by panoramic views across seemingly endless dry plains and glacier-clad peaks, and finally ascending a rocky summit to a virgin 4,000m peak, has to be one of the best ways to spend the hours between 5am and 8am in the morning. Knowing that all this was made possible by a team effort stretching back many months, with little support from travel agencies and alike but lots from my friends, made the whole experience all the more rewarding and one which I would recommend to anyone considering such an expedition.