To Climb or not to Climb.

When I signed up for a June Blog challenge I thought maybe I should make it about things I might like to tackle in the future.

Climbing a mountain is one of the popular challenges people put on their list so I thought I’d start with that idea.

Then I fell foul of the temptation to go for the hardest and the highest. Mount Everest has to be the ultimate challenge in that category. It only took a few seconds to realize that with this choice my crowd phobia might come into play. A recent news article with a graphic photo showed a 300 strong queue to get to the summit.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/9300192/Dying-to-get-there-the-perils-of-adventure-travel-a-middle-aged-obsession.html

A picture like that is enough to rule it out even before I figure out the £50,000 expenses bill that the trip could cost.

So maybe I should go back to a mountain tackled in my youth.

Mount Longonot is a volcanic crater set inside the Rift Valley in Kenya.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Longonot.

I can still remember the deep gullies that carved their way up to the rim. The joy and surprising lack of fear as I got to peer into the depth of the steep sided inner valley has stayed with me ever since.

While searching for a picture to illustrate this beautiful Volcano I found reports or fears about a potential eruption. Perhaps someone is telling me mountain climbing is a step too far and I should be satisfied with the memories. But then again maybe the unexplained activity is due to the recent floods in the region. I think I will leave this on the list for the further deliberation.

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