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Chairboys on the climb

Nick Hollis shares experiences with the squad.

12 December 2019

Wanderers' latest development day session introduced the squad to endurance of a super-human nature thanks to a talk from British climber Nick Hollis on Tuesday afternoon.

Nick conquered Everest in May, and has completed all Seven Summits of the world, placing him amongst around just 500 people across the world who have climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents.

Based locally in Maidenhead, the climber visited the club's training ground to tell his stories of having to climb over dead bodies to achieve his goal, withstanding extreme temperatures, snow blindness, oxygen shortages and high winds en route to the summit.

Club captain Matt Bloomfield said afterwards: "Nick's story was one of total inspiration. He is an incredible individual who is able to push himself to his very limits by focusing on his goal.

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The level of detail that goes into his preparation for an expedition is down to the minutest of detail. As he explained to us that could be the difference between losing fingers or toes, your eye sight or even your life. When it’s that important the smallest of details are so vital, and literally the difference between life and death.

"We took so many lessons from the afternoon. I not only took lessons to use in my professional life, but also for our personal lives and how we are as people. Nick has accomplished something that so few people ever achieve, but he is one of the most humble people you could wish to meet. He has goals, is extremely driven and knows how to achieve those goals."

Wanderers would like to thank Nick for giving up his time to share his stories with the players.

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