So, our launches are over, and we’re back to ‘normality’, or as normal as it gets when you’re trying to climb Everest. Our first launch event was in Perth Tiso, which had a lovely informal feel with people wandering around the store all evening. Following some technical problems preventing the videos in our presentation playing that caused me to get just a little stressed, we got everything working and did our 15 minute presentation, which seemed to go well.
The presentation itself was adapted from a presentation I gave to some of my work colleagues a couple of weeks ago and, although much shorter, it seemed to be well received. The event at the Tiso on Rose St., Edinburgh a week later was similar. However, armed with knowledge gained from the Perth event, we took along a pack for people to try on, and secured a spot near the food and drink table on the top floor.
There were many more people at the Edinburgh store, unsurprisingly, and it was great to get to tell so many people about our expedition. At both events we were very pleased to talk to a lot of different people about the expedition, and were lucky to be met with enthusiasm and encouragement in return. So a big thank you to everyone who attended the events, and particularly to those who came and spoke to us. We certainly got more chat than the Helly Hanson or Petzl reps that we were stood near to!
Away from the events it has been a good couple of weeks on the hills and in the gym. The week prior to the Perth event, Rona had been suffering from some migraine which had restricted our activities, so it was great to get out and about again. We have been pretty lucky with the weather of late, managing to avoid large downpours and cloud for the majority of our trips. This included a longer-than-intended walk on two of the munros making up part of the Rannoch Wall, Beinn a’ Chreachain & Beinn Achaladair. It was first a notable walk due to the first snow being down on the summits, which is making us both look forward to full on winter conditions which are sure to be just around the corner. However, due to the now really quite short days, we found ourselves on top of Beinn Achaladair just before sunset. This allowed us to get some lovely pictures, but did result in a two hour walk down a boggy descent in the light of just our headtorches. Still, at least we were prepared!
We are still also making regular trips to Ben Vorlich (at Loch Earn), which has become something of a marker for our progress. Our record for a ‘heavy’ day is from lochside to summit in 2:20, including breaks, while for our ‘light’ days, that drops to about 2:15. The only slight difference surprised us, as the lighter days certainly feel quicker. But we’re clearly not pushing ourselves enough!
Finally, our search for sponsorship is also ongoing. We are still approaching companies, and also maximising our networks to try and find a ‘business ambassador’ (a term we’ve made up I think) who might be able to use their contacts to get us in the door at some companies. If you don’t already, please do like our FaceBook page, and follow us on twitter, it’s the little things that will help us secure sponsorship in the future. Hopefully our new tactic will prove more successful, and if persistence is key, we’ve certainly got lots of that!
Hope to see you on the hills soon!
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