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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Daundering

David Hobbs fords River Esk near Slight Side
My old friend and mentor in all things walkery, Alan Sloman, has reminded me in his recent post that this weekend is the weekend of the annual pre Challenge Daunder. Eeek! Must get food, gas, er ... kit ... oh, and tell wife that I won't be around for shopping at the weekend ;-)

For anyone puzzled by the concept of a pre-walk walk, the general idea is to eliminate the complacency of the winter months, when we imagine great deeds in the following spring, oblivious to expanding waistlines and diminishing fitness. This delivers a cold dose of harsh reality as plump bodies pampered by Christmas excess and soft living are suddenly exposed to the rigours of walking with full backpacking kit - and up hills too! Plus it allows the discovery of lost kit and malfunctioning stoves etc before the Challenge, rather than on a windswept night in Knoydart with another two weeks walking to go.

Sometimes, as in the picture taken on a Lakeland daunder, it rains a bit - and sometimes it rains a lot! That river is usually easily fordable. But mostly we have had generally good weather and a thoroughly splendid time.

This photo gallery gives a flavour of the pre Challenge Daunder, back in the days when we could still get a bunch of reasonably priced sleeper tickets. These days we tend to drive up to the Lakes.

Essential training on all fronts (yes, there will be the odd libation).

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1 Comments:

Blogger Alan Sloman said...

"My old friend ..."

Oi - I heard that, you know.

April 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

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