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A mythical adventure to Mount Olympus
Karin Blak
Karin Blak is training for her trek to Mount Olympus
Last updated: 02 April 2004 0925 BST
line Karin Blak is undertaking the challenge of a lifetime by trekking to the summit of Mount Olympus is Greece.

And it's all in aid of charity!
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Mount Olympus, is the mythical home of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

It is the highest mountain peak in Greece, it reaches 9,570 feet (2,917 meters) above sea level.

Mount Olympus is part of the broader Olympus mountain mass near the Thermaic Gulf on the Aegean Sea.

On the border of Macedonia and Thessaly, Olympus touches both northern and southern Greece.

Mount Olympus is sometimes called Upper Olympus, to be distinguished from Lower Olympus, a connecting peak to the south that is 5,210 feet (1,588 meters) high.

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Karin Blak, from Chipping Campden, is trekking to the summit of Mount Olympus in June, all in aid of the charity Scope.

But what has possessed her to make such an arduous journey?

According to Karin, "I think I must be barking mad, but I wanted to raise some money for Scope, as itís a charity that doesnít really get a mention.

quote You never really hear about them (Scope) and they do a really good job in the community for people with cerebral palsy. Both people with cerebral palsy and their helpers. quote
Karin Blak

"You never really hear about them and they do a really good job in the community for people with cerebral palsy. Both people with cerebral palsy and their helpers.

Karin has never done any serious trekking before but is determined to make it to the summit of Mount Olympus.

"I will be trekking for eight or nine hours a day and the first two and a half days will be all uphill. I've only just begun the training and it is a very tough regime.

Training

"The training is all about building up stamina and I have to walk six hours a day to get the body used to moving. I also have to build up the muscles and the stamina in my legs which I'm doing at the gym."

In June the temperature in Greece can reach 25°C, not an ideal climate for trekking, but Karin is well aware of the difficulties that lay ahead.

"The trek is not going to be comfortable because of the steep hills and because of the amount of equipment we have to carry with us.

quote The trek is not going to be comfortable because of the steep hills and because of the amount of equipment we have to carry with us. quote
Karin Blak

"In the beginning it will be heavy on the back, in shorts and T-shirts but we have to carry thermal clothing, waterproofs, hat, gloves and scarves, for protection at the higher levels. There may even be snow at the top."

Mount Olympus is 3000 meters high and Karin will be starting a few 100 metres from the bottom, as itís near impossible to start from sea level.

"The first day we will be climbing 1000 metres and the second day 900 metres. The third day will be the last couple of hundred metres."

Fundraising

To help raise even more money for Scope Karin has organised a holistic therapy day on March 14 at Chipping Campden Town Hall.

She said, "Over 15 Holistic therapists will be at the event, including acupuncture, astrology, aromatherapy, clairvoyants, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, reflexology and reiki Ė all kinds of alternative therapies.

"I know a lot of people who would like to try one of these holistic therapies but they donít know enough about them, so this day will give them an opportunity to try a taster session."

If you would like to make a donation or can offer Karin any trekking equipment please contact Karin on 01386 701497

Holistic Therapy Day
Venue Chipping Campden Town Hall
Date Sundy March 14
Time 11am - 4pm
Cost £2 on the door

Article by Nat Hall

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