Having read about the adventures of many mountaineers I set my sights on the summit of Mont Blanc. In July 2010 I put all my training to the test and summited the mountain via the Tres Monts Route. It was a huge eye opener, seeing how I performed at high altitude, managing risk and fatigue and experiencing the breathtaking views the Alps have to offer.

Leaving the hut at 3am, climbing in the dark above 4000m, watching the sun rise from above the clouds and standing on the summit of Mont Blanc, sparked my passion for the mountains and gave me the foundation I needed to develop my skills and confidence as an alpinist.