We’ve had our test results back from the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) and our new training programmes from physio Laura.

These are designed to improve our overall fitness levels for the Mount Aconcagua expedition in January and to minimize the risk of injury by strengthening the core, back and major muscles. 

I need to work on my core strength. I now have 3 core circuits a week to do as well as fitness sessions, so I’ve joined a local gym and am doing 4 to 5 sessions a week. I’ll steadily increase the intensity and time up until Christmas before dropping off for a week’s rest. Then it’s straight onto the mountain. 


Over the next few weeks I’ll be juggling work, family and the gym along with other commitments. This is the hardest thing, but it’s working out so far.

The final test for me, before the mountain, starts on Friday when I meet up with the rest of the team and spend 3 days in Yorkshire. We’ll be really getting to know each other and our strengths and weaknesses during the 3 hard days of walking.

I expect this will be a cracking weekend’s work topped off with a few beers as the excitement builds for the January expedition to Aconcagua.

By Terry Byrne