Andrew K in Wimbledon Common Keeping a sharp eye out for Wombles. However, they’re much more sensible than people, and were probably on holidat in the south of Spain. So, womble-less we preserved, round and round the muddy trails, with 3 telephone books and a heavy bag of flour, to compensate for the lacks of hills. Also useful should we encounter any cake-baking emergencies en-route.
Limehouse Basin The 11.5km mark into our long canal:Thames walk.
Plaf & Jasmijn The eruption of an Icelandic volcano prevented Olaf from returning home to Helsinki after our Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, so we took him hiking around London.
Sonwdonia Kirsch’s training ground – even more serious than Yorkshire.
Yorkshire lain’s training ground – a bit more serious than Wimbledon Common.
After the 20 km jike Andrew K and Jasmijn celebrate surviving their day.
Andrew K scales Cairn Gorm mountain… trying not to be outdone by Kirsch.
Andrew K walks on water… on An lochan Uain. It’s important to gain familiarity with all types of terrain.
Cairn Gorm skier The smart wat to get around.
Hoar frost in Snowdonia
Hoar frost on Cairn Gorm summit.
Iain, Kirsch and John decided to check out Crib Goch for themselves.
Jasmijn on An Lochan Uain trail.
Jasmijn on Cairn Gorm summit.
Kirsch’s fearsome mountain hound, Pinkles, can just be seen in the distance.
Loch an Eilein Note the ruined castle on the island – the normally impenetrable water defence overcome by ice thick enough to support an army.
Lucky enough to live in the area, Kirsch regularly trains in these mountains.
Nuuksio near Helsinki Olaf embarks on a fast 25 km hike.
The cairngorms, Scotland.
The Lochans horse I tried to take a short cut through this paddock and was chased out by this horse, which seemed keen to eat me. I thought these critters were vegan! Andrew K
View from summit of Cairn Gorm Note the hikers on the edge of the rim. We planned to go there the next day, but were prevented by high winds and poor visibility.
We deliberately chose challenging terrain.
For cross-training, some of us went sea-kayaking in Brighton. For more realistic training we chose nasty, stormy weather.
Wales can get very wet, so Andrew K decided to get some additional acclimatisation to water.