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Tamara Lunger on her first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat and body confidence

"You need to feel free and happy in what you are doing and listen to your body."

Q: What is your current goal Tamara?mat_3733

A: “My goal for this year was to achieve the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat so I was training for that. But actually I am constantly in training for my next objective, event if I don’t know what it is yet. I really enjoy the process!”

Q: How does training help you?

A: “I think it is about having the confidence in your body that it is strong enough and can do the hard work when it really matters. Of course you need to be fast in certain moments of your expeditions, or carry a lot of weight, sometimes spending 12 hours in a row on the mountain and therefore you need to adapt your body to that challenge. At the same time, for me it is also important to train my mental strength. Daily meditation helps me to feel good with where I am and what I do.”

Q: How often do you train?

“I train every day, sometimes even twice. But it depends on how much time I have, the weather and also the feeling I have about what would be good for my body today.”

mat_4171Q: What else do you do in addition to training?

A: “I try to sleep well and eat healthy, meditate every day and keep in mind that I’m very privileged to have this kind of “work”. It never feels like a chore or something I have to do, so I’m very lucky. All the years of injury has taught me a lot. It is not always the quantity, but more often the quality of training. You need to feel free and happy in what you are doing and listen to your body.

Q: Can you give us your three top training tips?

A: “First be comfortable, and then be pretty! Never forget your water! If you want to reach a goal, you can do it if you REALLY want it!”

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About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.