Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Getting Ready

I will be accompanied on the walk by my partner Tim, who will help to carry the gear and organise communications and camping.  My friend Vicky Maxwell is helping to publicise the project and will run 'walk HQ' whilst we are on the path.

We have been training, mostly on Dartmoor, over the last few months to prepare for the daily average of 12 miles and 2000 feet of ascent and descent that we need to achieve.

A training weekend in late March:
Camping on Dartmoor. Tried out the new tent and sleeping bags. The night sky was amazing. Don't always believe what labels say, our bags were supposed to be good to -2ºC, it was around 0ºC and we were freezing, we both had to sleep with duvet jackets and hats on!

We huffed and puffed from Combestone Tor to Yar Tor and back via Dartmeet with fully loaded rucksacks in beautiful sunny weather, a good first trip out with all of the gear. 

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