On the penultimate day of this year's Travel Highlights Competition, it is fantastic to be able to feature another newcomer to our travel writing contests, Hannah Standen,
Hannah is an Australian writer currently based in London, England. As an adventure seeker and explorer at heart, she spends any chance she can travelling the world.
It’s hard to tell if it the drops of water running down my face are sweat or rain.
It is pelting down, my boots squelch in the mud.
Counting to ten as I put one foot in front of the other. Repeat.
My body aches, I peer up the mountain, searching for the peak.
Thick fog surrounds me, I put my head back down.
One, two, three.
I am deep in concentration so do not hear him at first. ‘Not long now’ he repeats flashing a cheeky smile.
He powers past as I begrudgingly sigh, ‘Only 29 days to go.’