Mountaineer Sarah Hudson, 32, originally from Ferryhill, has recently surpassed a 70-summit milestone in her mountaineering career.
A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by trade, Sarah left the UK and moved to Munich to be closer to Bavaria, where her wife Katrin is from and where she could explore the mountainous terrain every weekend.
After an arduous battle with mental health, and with the support of her family and friends, Sarah sought professional help, using running as a mechanism to combat her health issues.
With a new-found love for hiking, paired with the improvement of her wellbeing, the door to many international opportunities opened such as climbing Kilimanjaro and skiing; achievements which she previously thought were impossible.
Now living in Munich, Sarah regularly engages in mountaineering activities across the globe – hiking, bouldering, ski touring and mountain biking – and alongside this, runs a blog called www.touchingthesummit.com.
The motto for the site is “to explore is to live”, and through her blog, Sarah demonstrates her strong passion for mountaineering, as well as aiming to provide people (especially those in the North-East) with inspiration to create their own adventures, and subsequently improve their wellbeing.
Dating back to her 2009 quest up Kilimanjaro, her blog covers everything from her travel itineraries and tips for travelling and climbing, to recipes, lifestyle hacks and the use of mountain sport in managing mental health issues.
When Sarah started exploring, she was a student and unemployed, yet all her adventures were self-funded; she understands that not all of us have access to mountains on our doorstep, so she wants to reinforce that exploring can be anything from getting out to a local green space to climbing Kilimanjaro.
She also believes that if anyone dreams big, there are ways to achieve those dreams and she is happy to speak to people about how to do this.
Sarah’s parents still live in Ferryhill, and her aunt, uncle and cousins in Chilton, meaning she returns to visit the local area regularly. To find out more, visit her blog or follow Sarah on her social media handles, including Facebook, Instagram, (@touchingthesummit) Twitter and Pinterest (@touchingsummit) for inspiration.