Wednesday, 26 April 2006

So the thing with the walking the Ridgeway

Neph and I are going to be walking the Ridgeway, 85 miles, over the 20th and 21st of May, we will be carrying everything that we need to live for the two days. The only thing that we will be collecting along the way will be water, only there are not that many places to get water on the way so we will be carrying a lot of that. After that I’m going to be getting into serious training, the ultimate aim is to walk the Ridgeway in 85 in 24 hours one weekend in Jully. In case I don’t make it and find myself needing to sleep I will be carrying everything that I need to live for 48 hours. I’m not sure on the date for this yet; I imagine it will happen in July.

Why? Why do this stupid thing? Partly because it is there, partly in training for Operation Eric and partly because the aim is to raise £8000 for the Woodland Trust, unfortunately after nearly 11 months in the woods not quite half that amount has been raised.
Stay tuned for the latest news as it breaks on the idiocy that is my life.

7 comments:

elspeth said...

Hugh, I've been thinking (steady on missus) since you are out in the woods anyway how about contacting these guys...

http://www.mighty-oak.co.uk/

I read about them yesterday. I am planning to go camping in the trees of the Oregon forests for my summer hols and I thought tree climbing may be up your alley...as it were.
May also be good skills for your next task?

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

Sounds good, I think Mike is bringing some climbing ropes down from Edinburgh some time. We used to play bare foot free climbing in Greece.

Mdx said...

40+ miles a day, that's some steady trekking!

SameOld said...

DM take your wellies! I did section of the Ridgeway with a mate in Feb. We started early when it was still below freezing; beautiful. Then as the temperature rose so the ice melted and it turned into The Somme. By the end it felt like we had gigantic plates of mud attached to our boots. Even my dog looked shagged out, she gave me that "I've had enough of this" look. 2 days sounds ambitious! Good luck though (you mad man)

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

Hi guys.

Ah the Ridgeway Mud, I really hope it doesn't rain as it is mostly chalk which is very slippery. Trying to walk it can be a nightmare, one step forward and two back.

I have just realised I missed something out (will edit accordingly). The ultimate aim is to walk the ridgeway in 24 hours. 85 miles in 24 hours, that's the plan.

Mdx said...

Mad

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

but it is good training for, erm. Um. It's good training for when I need to go to the shop.... and I need to walk... and the shop is like 42.5 miles away and I need to get there and back in 24 hours to watch a tv show.

I don't have a tv though.