Hi I’m Anna, I am 28 years old and currently living in Fort William. I grew up in Inverness then spent four years in Aberdeen doing a mathematics degree (and working full time at the climbing wall!) before spent five years in Dundee doing a medical degree. Im now coming to the end of my two years as a junior doctor, for which I was fortunate enough to get a place on the rural-track programme working in Inverness and Fort William….and here we are!
“I think pride comes from putting a lot of effort into something and seeing those results pay off”
I was very pleased to do a fast Cuillin traverse in 6h35m last year which I believe is the unofficial female record, although I would like to do it again faster. I was also proud of one particular ice climbing world cup in 2014 where I trained hard within my last year of university and managed to come 11th which is not brilliant but I was proud because I had put a lot of dedication into training (traveling hundreds of miles every weekend) and this was my best result so far. I think pride comes from putting a lot of effort into something and seeing those results pay off. On that note, I am extremely proud to have persisted through these two years working as a junior doctor…I have found this incredibly challenging.
“I always had this fire in my belly!”
When I was 12, I joined an indoor kids club at the Inverness Leisure Centre and immediately loved it! For the first few years I climbed exclusively indoors and on the youth competition series. I was lucky to be part of a very enthusiastic group of kids at the time, we were all great friends and we were fortunate to have great coaching input from Ruaridh Mackenzie and Scott Muir, both well established climbers. I spent all my free time down at that wall and loved it. However, I always had this feeling of wanting something more. I remember often feeling frustrated that I didn’t have the means to get out into the mountains and always had this fire in my belly!
When I went to university in Aberdeen, I got a job at the climbing wall. I met loads of like minded people and was rapidly introduced to the great outdoors!
“…moving quickly along ridges high in the snowy mountains with breathtaking views.”
“Mountaineering is also a brilliant reason to travel around the world and immediately feel a sense of belonging in a far away place…”
“…took us 3 days and involved sleeping on tiny ledges”
Big question! My initial plan was to train very hard and try to do a couple of good competition seasons – I’ve literally been excited about this idea for years, but tragically I’ve injured my shoulder and haven’t been able to climb properly for several months. So, I am currently re-adjusting my dreams! I can see myself transitioning to hill running! I’m going to go to the Alps for July and August to try and do more 4000 metre peaks, tick some classic ridges and get super fit. I’m a bit limited because I can’t carry a heavy rucksack due to the shoulder. So it takes generous partners or very technically easy routes that need minimal gear! I’d also like to do a fast munro-round, and a faster Cuillin traverse. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do. I feel a bit scared and very excited! At some point I will settle and do my GP training, which will be another three years of full time work, but I feel a bit burnt out and need a break first!
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