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Friday, October 26, 2007

How to write a (proper) TR ?

In May this year I walked the TGO Challenge as a firsttimer.
For those who don't know what the Challenge is all about : it's a non-competitive selfsupported
walk from the westcoast of Scotland to the eastcoast. I completed the journey in 13 days.
The real task seemed to be writing a triprecord afterwards. I've just published my TR, more than 4 months after completing the Challenge. I didn't make notes during the Challenge, the only thing put on paper was who I met where and when and that was a bit lacking at the end because of the rising numbers of Challengers met. I only need to look at a map to know where I've been and what has happened. I tend to write in English but I noticed I'm at a loss of words sometimes. I don't just want to write a "left at, right at" story. I think it's helpfull for readers to be able to follow you on your journey but you also want your readers to 'taste' the circumstances you've encountered. I want my story to be a guide and a good read at the same time. Some people are gifted whith that talent, I'm not. I have to work hard and my Oxford Thesaurus gets consulted often. I've read TR's with a lot of flora and fauna described in it but I'm no good at all at English names for those little flying, crawling and growing thingies. Even in Dutch I can't keep them apart.
Human contact can be interesting, especially with experienced hillwalkers, but that's mostly about walks in the past, not the present. I like to read and write about the landscape and the effort made to conquer (or failed to conquer) that landscape. Perhaps next time I'll take some sort of memorecorder with me. With a camera I can record what my eyes see and with a 'soundrecorder' I can record my thoughts and feelings.
The only thing I'll still need is time to put it on 'paper'.


Blogger Steve Smith said...

I find taking a handheld computer and writing up each evening improves my writing. Also I now use the movie feature on my digital camera as a means to take voice notes during the day. This means one can capture those little gems for writing up later.

October 27, 2007 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

I share the same problems, Theo, and English is my native language!

My brother in law did the Challenge with me in 2004. He just had a waterproof notebook and pencil, and jotted down his thoughts at the odd break and the end of each day. He wrote a great TR capturing lots of moments that I had forgotten, and of course he wrote down exactly how he felt at the moment - before the passing of time dulled the pain!

My old friend and mentor Alan has PDA and folding keyboard etc, Steve can record audio on his camera etc. etc.

Me? Next time I will take a simple waterproof book and pencil (very light and no batteries required!).

Toodle pip


October 31, 2007 at 8:05 PM  

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