Kate Middleton comes from a very athletic family, with both her parents and siblings, James and Pippa Middleton, having undertaken various challenges over the years. Shortly before Kate became a royal, she and father Michael Middleton took on a tough climb.
In a March blog post for an athletic shoe company, Hoka One One, Kate’s sister Pippa spoke about her fitness regime and several athletic goals she’s completed, including summiting Mont Blanc with brother James in 2008.’
“One day, my dream would be to participate in a sporting challenge or epic adventure with my own children, like I was lucky enough to experience as a child,” she wrote.
Continuing on to reveal: “My parents inspired my love for walking in the mountains and both joined me and my brother to the first hut when we climbed Mont Blanc (my father summited it with my sister a few years before).
“It would give me great comfort for my children to find the joy, rewards and experience the journeys I have enjoyed through running, sport and fitness.”
For context Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe, rising 4,808.7m above sea level. Guided hikes to the summit typically can take between two and seven days, depending on many factors such as route, weather and itinerary.
It isn’t known exactly when Kate ad Michael completed the climb, but it must have been before her marriage to Prince William in 2011 if it was before Pippa and James in 2008.
Of course, hiking and mountain climbing aren’t the only winter sports on Kate’s list. She’s also a keen skier. So much so that her romance with William was confirmed when she was pictured in the Swiss ski resort of Klosters with the Prince in 2004.
Like Pippa Kate also sees sport in her kids’ future. In 2016, the Cambridges took their eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, on their first skiing holiday to Courchevel in the French Alps.