VLOG 06 – Let’s Climb Mont Blanc With a Heart Disease and a Fear of Heights

VLOG 06 – Let’s Climb Mont Blanc With a Heart Disease and a Fear of Heights


So I’m gonna climb the Mont Blanc with a
heart disease and a fear of heights. Let’s go. *Music* So to fill some more information about all
this in here. Been driving now about five hours from Belgium. Chamonix, where the Mont Blanc is, which is in France is 8 hours and 30 minutes driving from…. Belgium. So I got about three more hours and thirty minutes to drive. I think it’s now about one o’clock a.m. Will probably drive a little bit more.
Don’t feel like to extremely tired and might go and sleep like… I think at two
or three. One thing that I just wanna say already here is… How much your life sucks, or how awesome your life is… really is all determined about how much fear controls your life. *Music* I’m here in Chamonix between the
mountains. And the Mont Blanc is over there. Somewhere… over there… In that direction. Some big ass mountains. *Laughs* I have to say, I am… a little bit nervous, a little bit scared. Despite the training that I’ve done and the… mental preparations that I’ve done. Could go a lot of things wrong. I don’t know how this all will go. I don’t know if I will make it to the top. And not because I don’t want to but because the weather,… right. The weather is a big factor. If
there’s too much wind, too much storm going on… Then they will not take us up.
Also never know if I will fall or break something these are just all things that
you have to see on the moment itself. *Loud wind* So today is the day where my program
starts. I have arrived here like two days before it. … … … and… uhm. It’s from the 22 to 28. It’s a… mountaineering program so it’s like three days that we get prepared and
learn some mountaineering skills. And then it’s three days where we will do
the attempt to climb the Mont Blanc It’s kind of to give you the highest
amount of chance in succeeding it because you have the preparation and
everything and then you also get used to the altitude in those three days before
before you go and climb the Mont Blanc. And today is the day when everything is
starting. So… 22, I have to meet them at 6 p.m. for an introduction evening and
with an evening meal as well and with the team and the guides that I am going
with to the Mont Blanc. But well it’s I think now about nine or ten. I think it’s
more about ten. I’m just gonna go into Chamonix. Look a little bit around drink
a coffee, do a little bit of working before I am meeting them. And I do needs
rain pants so I’m also gonna buy them. *Music* *Sound of heavy rain* I think when I’m climbing the Mont Blanc
there’s gonna be a whole mix of good weather, rain, and a lot of wind. And very
cloudy I think too. Alright, it is six o’clock
almost in ten minutes. I’m heading now back to the castle to meet everyone. Yes… *Growd talking* So I just came back met up with everyone
got our introduction, had a nice evening meal. A very cool group. Tomorrow I am going to Italy. Two hour drive and then we’re climbing our first mountain and…
there’s, yeah… I’m curious because there’s a big part that is very openly exposed
to heights. There were some other people who did it where I was talking to today and it’s a very narrow area where you have to walk on and when you look
next to you it’s just straight down… So… yeah it’s something that I am… a little
bit nervous about but I know I can put myself into the state of just doing it
and not thinking too much it’s just about concentrating on the movements and
getting out of your head and into your body that’s really the thing. And I’ve…
had a lot of… I’ve put myself in a lot of places where I had to do that so I know
I’m able to do that but it’s still… a nervous thing to look to or to look
forward to. *Music* Had a great dinner. Was pretty amazing
with like a three-course dinner… with everything on it. And tomorrow we are hiking up for five
four more hours to the top over there which is gonna be a lot more technical and a
lot more interesting where we will need to use our crampons our ice axe. We’ll be
going into the snow, in the glaciers and the mountain is called El Caprico or
something… I’m gonna put it up here because I have no idea. I’m bad with names. But we have to stand up at 5 a.m. walk up for 5 hours and… uhh…
Yeah it’s gonna be an interesting day Let’s get some sleep. *Chatter and Laughing* So it’s 4:30 a.m.
and we’re off to summit the mountain… at 5 a.m. So in half an hour
everyone should be outside ready with their headlights on to go to the top.
Didn’t sleep much… someone snored a lot… a lot. I slept like 2 hours so
it’s gonna be a rough day, 8 hours of walking. *Chatter and Laughing* *Sound of footsteps* *Music* All right we’re almost getting close to
the glacier. *Music* *Music fading* *Severe sound of wind* *Music* I just came back. We… did not reach it. We were 200 meters from the top but the weather conditions were just terrible…
terrible. *Music* So, here in my car. As you can see I guess. Tomorrow is… THE day. That… We are going go and climb the Mont Blanc. So… Have to stand up at 7:45. Got breakfast at 8:00 and then at 9:00 we’re gonna go up. It’s a
two-hour hike to the hut, and then from there… it’s a 12-hour hike… up and then
down. So that’s gonna be a long day a tough day… And… it’s one of those things
that a lot of people… It’s hard it’s very hard… to describe to someone who has
never done this any kind of intense hikes. Like this,… like El Paradiso was… it
was 4,000 meters… which was…. I mean I’ve trained a lot for this and I didn’t felt
tired but you could you know my whole body was suffering in a lot of ways
though. And with the Mont Blanc it will be just 10
times worse in so many ways but I’m… I am ready, I’m ready the only thing that can
stop me is the weather that’s the only thing that will stop me. *Music* *Chattering of people* *Music* There is the top! *Music* Okay. 10 seconds rest. *Heavy breathing* Doing great. *Music* Well done my friends. *Music* So yesterday made it to the top of the
Mont Blanc. Probably one of the most brutal and toughest days of my life. But also
one of the… and one of the scariest. Because there were some parts that were
so exposed to heights it was just insane… Were just one step and you… you will be
gone. But, it was also one of the most… incredible experiences. Because I challenged myself on so many levels. Mentally, physically,… It was,… it was amazing. But tough, very tough. I trained
five months for this. And with five months you know, I don’t mean like
running once a week, I meant like seven days a week I trained… for this and uhh… yeah… it was still incredibly tough. Because you know 12 hours, having slept two hours then. and almost no food, no water,… and you just keep moving, all the time. It’s… a hard thing. It’s a very hard thing. But uhh, yeah it’s just a very mental
thing. The thing is just you got to keep moving all the time. It’s pretty incredible that
it’s already over. That yesterday I was on the top and then now I’m going down
back to Chamonix. It’s so fast. It’s a 2 hour hike downstairs,
and then the first thing I’m gonna do is take a shower. Because I need one, really badly. And then some proper food,… and some clean clothes for sure.
And yeah then this trip is already over which is just… so fast. Was an incredible
trip. For anyone who is willing to go on a true challenge. This is pretty one that
I could recommend. Mont Blanc, you were a true challenge. I’m looking forward to the next challenge here. *Music*