During late 2016 I had been developing my training plan for my 1300km / 19 day run across NSW and the primary focus of that plan was to work on my mindset; to challenge my mental boundaries, to extend them and reshape them. This became the catalyst for seeking out and eventually participating in the Andes Challenge, Peru.
I could barely make the shape of the roof of our refuge below us. We had started our climb during the night and the circle of mountains around us still wore heavily its cloak of darkness. Its gracious, silent peaks bearing witness to our labour. Each step was a lung-burning triumph as the trail twisted its way up through the morena.