Hiking, conquering and ultimately suriving the Inca Trail was an experience that will stay with me forever. Despite being in a complete dire state of fitness - mentally and physically, I managed to keep up with some fairly expert hikers. I didn't need to be attached to the emergency oxygen tank and I didn't cry when things got tough! I persevered, pushed myself to the absolute limit and had my photo with Machu Picchu in the background!!
I'm now one of those people who enjoys hiking and I look forward to planning the next adventure.
Since completing the Inca Trail, I've climbed further mountains in Antarctica, Egypt, Lebanon and have plans to scale Kilimanjaro and to make it to Everest's Basecamp.
Even though this was a truly challenging adventure, I do recommend that everyone gives it a go. I was in the worst physical shape but it helped to inspire me to get fitter and healthier, which is definitely not such a bad thing. I'm now one of those people who works out several times a week in the hope that I'll be a little more prepared for when I face my next mountain expedition! On the flipside, if I can survive as a totally unfit person then anyone can do this. No excuses!