Month: March 2020

DOUBLE 7 SUMMITS CHALLENGE – TRAINING REPORT

Training continues for our mammoth Double Seven Summits Challenge scheduled to take place during the first weekend in May.

My brother, John, and I plan to complete a trek of the 7 highest peaks in the Mourne Mountain range, camp overnight, then undertake the hike once again. This huge task will take in 14 peaks, cover approximately 36 miles and involve around 24 hours trekking. Undoubtedly this will challenge us physically, mentally and emotionally but it is all in aid of the essential and incredible work of Air Ambulance NI.

Check out these pictures from our most recent 5-summit hike together. We set off at 6.30am and trekked until 3.00pm in a bid to build our stamina and increase our distance capacity. We were met with icy conditions and a full-on blizzard for the final hour and a half of our walk – tough going at times but certainly one way to find out what we’re made of and build our resilience!

If you’d like to support us in our challenge and donate to the invaluable work of Air Ambulance NI you can do so at our JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelly-hargie-07

THANK YOU!

Kelly & John

WILD WOMEN EVENTS – 4 ‘F’s YOU DON’T NEED TO COME TO WILD WOMEN EVENTS

1. Fitness – you DO NOT need to be uber fit to join my adventures! There are options to choose from to suit your fitness level and my tailored trails are designed to inspire you not wipe you out!


2. Friends – Friends are good no doubt about that, but, you do not need to bring a friend along unless you really want to. The ethos at Wild Women Events is welcoming, warm and inclusive. You will feel super at ease on your own or with a chum and will certainly leave with new friendships!


3. Fair weather – While sunny day hikes are glorious and make for beautiful views and leisurely wandering…it can also get pretty uncomfortable when it’s too warm and also means carrying loads of water (which gets heavy!). Winter walks are some of my favourites because the light is gorgeous and the hills are less crowded. Win win


4. Flair – you definitely don’t need to be an artist or have any artistic flare to join the Wild Women Creatives events. These are fun and light-hearted days to inspire and relax. There’s seriously no pressure to create a masterpiece! And anyhow, have you seen what’s hanging in some museums these days…? Art is very subjective!

Visit the Wild Women Events Shop for details of upcoming events and tickets

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WILD WOMEN WELLBEING – CAVEHILL – MIDWEEK CHALLENGE – 10 JUNE 2020

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I am so pleased to share that Wild Women Events are no longer only a weekend affair. Now on offer are short, midweek wanders which includes this exciting Wild Women Wellbeing – Cavehill – Midweek Challenge on Wednesday 10th June. Come and enjoy a chilled-out but challenging hike of Cavehill in Belfast with me. You will be rewarded with the best view in town which stretches all the way to the Mourne Mountains on a clear day! Then enjoy a cuppa and some treats afterwards for all your efforts.

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Fear not if you have to drop and collect children from school; we will meet at 10am and be completed be 2pm – leaving you time to go fetch your little people with a renewed vigour and bounce in your step!

Tickets for Wild Women Wellbeing – Cavehill – Midweek Challenge are on sale here.

Check out the Wild Women Events Shop for other Midweek Wanders which will begin on 29th April.

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TALES FROM THE TRAIL – COMFORT ZONES

 

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A snow-covered Slemish Mountain

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘comfort zones’ over the past few days. A couple of years ago following some major hurts & some health issues I had created for myself a very cosy little comfort zone. It was a place where I kept quiet, laid low, didn’t speak up when I should have, didn’t rock the boat, kept myself to myself, trusted few, played small…it worked alright for a while…& then it didn’t. Because in that place of ‘hiding’ & ‘being a nice girl’ I wasn’t living true to myself. I’m not big & bold & confident, but I’m also not shy & timid & lacking in ideas or passion or creativity. I had been burned & shaken, my self-worth trampled on & I was a little scared of ‘getting it wrong’ or being misunderstood or just plain weird. I guess it’s true that time is a patient & wonderful healer, but also, while in that no-woman’s-land of uncertainty, a little part of me, call it what you will: intuition, my inner mother, my wild woman, that still, small voice that we all recognise, held on so tight for me. Slowly, with gracious gentle nudges she softly urged me towards the boundaries I’d built around myself as a wall of protection but which were no longer serving me & suggested that I could again reach towards the light, it was ok for me to know joy. My comfort zone kept me safe for a while when I needed space to heal & 100% stepping outside those parameters was scary biscuits, but never, ever do I regret saying yes to the things that light me up from within. If you’re watching my Wild Women events from afar, I get that, I’ve done that so many times with things. If you like the look of it and fancy dipping your toes in, but have self-doubts, afraid you’re not enough, won’t fit in, I get it. I feel like I live in a perpetual state of stretchiness these days, but I would not trade that feeling for my comfort zone in a million years. Try saying yes to something that scares you a little bit but looks so attractive & appealing, step into your power, be brave and courageous. I’ll even hold your hand if you like!

Sporting my cosy Trek NI beanie on Slemish Mountain
Check out the Wild Women Events Shop to find a date & event that suits you!