Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Here's one of the nearest bit of up-and-down to the Bershire plain. The Isle of Purbeck.
Choose a day when the Army is not going to shoot you (find out when here). Start near Swanage. Head south to the coastal path. Then travel west until you drop with exhaustion. Sneek under a hedge or cliff for the night. Repeat in an easterly direction. You might want to do it in reverse so the early morning sun is behind you on the return.
The only logistical problem is to find water along the route. There's some toilets open during daytime at Kimmeridge and at Lulworth, I also took water from the river at Lulworth and filtered this for drinking and cooking.
This reminded me that day two is usually harder than day one. Best have a short cut available for the return in case it's not possible to complete the same distance.
You can see the profile above. Quite a few sharp upwards trajectories. Actually, cumlatively, probably something a little over half of the Upness appearing on the first day of my TGOC route plan. Nevertheless completely knackering.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Take one house brick. Clean off any loose debris. Cover in several layers of newspaper securing with tape to smooth out rough edges. Then wrap in a plastic bag to avoid sogginess in case of rain. Weigh this. The one above weighs 3.2 kilos.
The TGOC is challenging along several dimensions.
The first is the 14 or 15 kilos I will carry on my back to be self-sufficient for a few days in the hills.
To prepare for challenge 1: One bolder in the bottom of the pack with two bricks. A bottle of water and sandwiches on top makes around 14kg.
On a Sunday walk in the Oxfordshire countryside everyone thinks you're just carrying a spare jumper and waterproof. As long as you stand straight that is. Does 3 hours of this help? Difficult to say, but at least it is possible to be sociable with more normal people.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Last weekend clouds of mozzy-like insects on the Thames path in Berkshire bodes ill for a midge-free Scotland in May.