Its been a busy time, that's my excuse!
the blog has been thoroughly ignored for too long so its about time I posted an update!
training had been going great all through december till the inevitable christmas slackening of routine and of course belts!,so now into the new year its time to shake of the dust and get started again!.
Today Alfie and i had a nice gentle reintroduction to walking, with a quick 8.4 mile walk which according to the gps took us 2.29 hours with full pack, dont think i'd have enjoyed another 20 miler today even tho the cold crisp weather has been superb!
if I can get myself fit enough to maintain that pace all day i'll be able to travel up to 30 miles per day if the need arises and if the energy is available. :)
kit wise ive been making a few alterations and increased my pack weight to over 11 kilos, the coleman rucksack that i was planning on using was already showing signs of wear and tear after about 70miles of traing walks, so that has been replaced with a 55 litre rucksack from Blacks (£29!!! great price) which is so far an excellent piece of kit.
clothing now includes some sturdy montane (TM) trousers and micro fleece jacket which will do away with the need for a fleece jumper and a jacket, and for those cold wet days I now have sealskin water proof gloves, my platypus has been replaced with an MSR Hydromedary hydration system which should be more sturdy.
The Charitable side of our walk has shifted lightly, originally I wanted to raise funds for the autistic kids at Alderwood LLA , but having consulted Alderwood any funds we raise would have greater benefit if donated to Alderwoods prefererd charity Hart House, who look after kids with learning difficulties in Gambia, if we raise £700 it will enable Hart House to run for an entire month! guess money goes further in Gambia!
please follow the link in the right hand column for more details.