Derek Mahon is a Senior Qualified Financial Planner with Tara Financial Partners in Dublin and The Panel sponsored mountaineer and endurance athlete. Derek came to us a number of years ago when he had a vision to climb the 7 Summits / 7 Continents to highlight mental health and the importance of support to those suffering with mental illness. Derek partners with GROW – World Community Mental Health Movement on this and we are only to delighted to support the great work that they do.
Having already “summited” Mount Everest, Mount Blanc, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro Derek now has his sight on summiting Aconcagua in Argentina this coming January 2018. This blog section will follow his training and his journey to the top.
Good luck Derek!
Happy Monday to you,
The last few weeks have been anxious and tense. I’ve been busy training and preparing for my next climb which was originally scheduled for December, then January and possibly February. I was conscious that with plans still not finalised, not to over train. But knowing from other climbing buddies of mine, January is the best time to climb Aconcagua. With that opinion and advice in mind I stepped up my training a month ago to two sessions daily with either a rest day on Sunday or Monday. Mondays are always good and always reminds me of the Boomtown Rats #1 single ‘’Tell me Why I don’t like Mondays’’ … I love Mondays and always have, but it’s sometimes a relief not to have to get up and pound the roadways, enthuse over another solo spin session, push weights, count those press-ups I do on a basketball, and push myself beyond that 3rd minute plank! But all is worth it as my fitness levels push higher and higher (pardon the pun) and resting heart rate edges lower. Last reading was 42 BPM with the General Average by age 61-77 BPM!
But the wait is over. Aconcagua is on for a January 21st start! All 6,962 meters of it !! Very excited!!
Aconcagua standing at 6,962 meters is the second highest mountain after Mount Everest in the 7Summits series, as above. It has like all of these ‘’big’’ mountain risks, demands, altitude, weather unpredictability, deaths and success. So this is another big big mountain and challenge, and one to be properly respected and prepared for, as I meticulously do for all my mountain challenges.
Having climbed the summit of Mount Everest in May 2014 I know what the demands are, the sacrifices to be made, the calculated risks to be taken, the mental strength required to keeping focused, determined and strong but of course the sober truth that ‘’The summit is optional – Staying alive is mandatory’’.
Over the coming weeks prior to my departure for Aconcagua I will share with you my previous climbs and photos and videos of such, my training program, and some insights, views, disciplines and life rules that drive me.
Till then, take care, stay safe and keep your dreams alive!