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18/09/2014 at 15:04

Hi - just realised I started this thread back in 2011! The first few pages make interesting reading 

Good luck to everyone taking this on this year. Do not underestimate it! Just get out in them hills as much as you can!

Still undecided as to what I'm doing in Jan 2015??!!


18/09/2014 at 15:40

Rich1: It's funny because you called it the challenger, when it looks like it was called the "open" in the first  year, and it is now called the Challenger!! Did you get to name it?

18/09/2014 at 15:41

Who knows - seems a long time ago!


18/09/2014 at 16:09

From memory, there were 2 separate classes the 1st yr with differing time limits and differing access to drop bags, plus the Challenger - I think I was just getting muddled in that post 


18/09/2014 at 16:19

Rich1: it was a long time ago

Very excited n nervous looking forward to the Challenger in January.

18/09/2014 at 23:10

hopefully a late start to training wont hurt, had a Achilles injury from July but have ran Helvellyn and Blencathra over the last week.  Tried out the new Osprey Talon 33 and that went well.  Not waterproof I expect so will be using dry bags.  powered walked up with a pole and ran flats and downs.

Andy - Gps.  I have tried this on a budget.  Used a Etrex venture HC, found it was only good for Geocaching so resold it only a few days later.  Showed towns and main roads only.

This week I used an Etrex 20.  good gadget for a budget.  Showed position fairly accurate when matched to a paper map and showed paths.  Could be better with OS maps downloaded perhaps.  Would do a job but not the best.

The Garmin etrex 30 looks the best value with better options and mapping.  Not tried it yet but does come up on this thread a few times.  Cab get from £90 to £140 on Ebay.  I think Ill end up with that unless I can save more.  It does seam you get what you pay for with these things.  Plenty out there better such as Oragon 600 etc but at a cost and watch for paying additional for maps.  (I am old Skool with paper maps though)







Yesterday at 19:15

I got the gpsmap 64s didn't really get on with it for a while then it clicked about changing the default screen to show off course and load routes onto it and now in that  format I love it. 

Just fantastic for a quick check I am pretty I was right going left back there.... A quick glance just to see if it says I'm roughly on course or going further away, it's useful for quick checking like that.

Paid the last of my Challenger entry fee today, that's it, no turning back, barring shit happening I'll be standing on the start line shivering, not sure if it will be from cold or nerves  

Edited: 19/09/2014 at 19:15
Today at 02:17

60 hours to do 108 miles? I thought it was supposed to be a challenge?

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