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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Another Challenge Song

Those who have participated in the TGO Challenge for a number of years may have noticed some new, keen enthusiasts breathing new life into the event. Andy Howell's "The Challenge Song" is excellent, jolly stuff, but I feel that this new wave of Challengers deserves a special anthem of their very own ...

... and so ....

....to the tune of Modern Major General by Gilbert and Sullivan ...

.... I give you ....

The Modern Lightweight Challenger

    I am the very model of a modern lightweight Challenger
    I've information all set out on spreadsheet and on calendar,
    I know the weights of fabrics, and I quote the facts historical
    From silnylon to Cuben sheet, in order categorical;
    I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
    I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
    About magnetic deviation I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
    Using sine and cosine and the square of the hypotenuse.

    I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;
    I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
    In short, I’m at the cutting edge, and you sir are a passenger
    I am the very model of a modern Lightweight Challenger.

    I know our Gaelic history, and the Bruce’s and the Stewart plots;
    I fill in complex route sheets (I've a pretty taste for paradox)
    I quote in bold italics all the crimes of the traditionalists,
    In conics I can calculate hyperbolae of half dome tents.
    I can tell a Vettriano from Landseer,  Mc Coll and Maitheson,
    I know all the Braveheart script - as spoken by Australians,
    Then I can hum a piper’s tune, louder than a sonic boom,
    And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Brigadoon.

    Then I can write equipment lists in Excel and in Apple forms,
    And tell you every detail of Arc’teryx’s  styling norms,
    In short, I’m at the cutting edge, and you sir are a passenger
    I am the very model of a modern Lightweight Challenger.

    In fact, when I know what is meant by "Naismith’s Rule " and "contouring",
    When I can tell at sight a Pacer Pole from Javelin,
    When such affairs as scrambles and glissading I'm more wary at,
    And when I know to leave the bar when a ned says “Whit yer starin’at?”

    When I have traversed grouse moors, dodging Purdeys’ gunnery,
    When I know more of walking than a novice in a nunnery –
    In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy
    You'll say a better Challenger has never walked from sea to sea.

    For all my outdoor knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury,
    Owes nothing to experience - I was barely born this century;
    But still, I’m at the cutting edge, and you sir are a passenger
    I am the very model of a modern Lightweight Challenger.

P.S. if you don't know the tune, listen to it HERE 

Just a bit of pre-chally fun ;-)


Blogger John J said...

Tremendous.... although I can't imagine who you might be referring to!

BTW did I tell you about my new ultra-light quilt?


May 4, 2017 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

That should sing well in the Bree Louise, Sir.
You should recite it atop a table with a pint balanced on your head, hoisting an unfortunate's cuben pack into the air and out, into the street.

May 4, 2017 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

JJ, as you have guessed, I just LOVE being told about ultra-lightweight kit ;-)

May 5, 2017 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Al, I guess we could each take a verse at Stan & Bill's ?

May 5, 2017 at 8:45 PM  

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