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Tribesports User of the Week: Justin B

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Posted by Justin B under Climbing, Caving, Ultrarunning on 29 May 2013 at 11:00 PM

Justin B profileWhat has been your toughest Tribesports Challenge and which are you most proud of?

The longer term Challenges such as the 200 crunches a day for 14 days have to be some of the toughest Challenges I’ve done, they get really hard towards the end.

The hardest though have to be the standing on one leg with your eyes closed, still can’t even do that for 20 seconds. The Challenge I’m most proud of would be any of the wall squat Challenges I’ve completed, those things kill me.

As one of our most active mountaineers, what would you say you like most; climbing, hiking or caving?

Caving is great fun, the feeling of adventure and exploring new hidden parts of the earth is fantastic.

Go potholing or caving

But winter mountaineering has to be my favourite, the challenge of climbing the steep icy slopes, the awe inspiring vistas and the cool climbing gear you get to use. But it’s the feeling of accomplishment and self-fulfilment you get after you climb a route that really makes me like mountaineering.

Climbing in the winter

Which mountain would you most like to conquer?

I think I would quite like to climb the Eiger one day, it’s is such a majestic and beautiful looking mountain steeped in so much mountaineering history. Though I imagine I would climb it from the easier side rather than the notoriously hard and technical North Face.

Your fundraising for the Haemophilia Society is awesome, how's your training going for the ultra?

Well up until recently my training was going fairly well, despite a few minor injuries and other niggles. Getting in loads of distance in every week and seeing great improvement in my endurance. However I recently relocated to London at short notice to start a new job, which has had a devastating impact on my training. I have only had the time to fit in a few short runs in the last month and the September start date for the Causeway Coast Ultra is looming. I am hoping that when things get a bit more settled I can adapt my training around my work and be ready in time. I’ve never tried a race quite so ambitious before so I’m keeping a positive attitude and pushing myself to get it done. If anyone has any suggestions of interesting places to run in London, or nearby trails I would love to hear from you!

Other than your ultra, what's your big goal for 2013?

Apart from the ultra, I would quite like to learn how to paraglide at some point this year and maybe complete a beginners pilot licence. The idea being that this is an ideal sport to combine with mountain climbing if the conditions are right. Running/climbing/walking up a mountain and then flying off the top, what could be better?

Where is your favourite place to hike?

The Cairngorms National Park in Scotland would have to be my favourite. I have spent many fantastic days hiking across the mountains and valleys that make up the park. The Isle of Skye is another fantastic place to hike, great variety of terrain and fantastic scenery. From the jagged peaks of the Cullin Mountains which make up Britain’s finest mountaineering route through to wide open moorland and even some great caves to explore.

Cairngorms National Park

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

There are so many that I can’t remember them all, but users who encourage me or make me smile a lot would be, Rick P, Tony G, Nick B and my friends Bryan F, Angus W and of course my mum Margaret T and my sister Lucinda T.

What's your favourite quote?

"There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games" - Ernest Hemmingway

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