The Spine

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an
12/12/2014 at 23:48

Short answer: As of this year's race, the rules forbid sleeping at B&Bs. The first 2 checkpoints are crowded and noisy, so sleeping well there is hard, and the second stage is too long for most people to do in a single push.

Long answer: read Ian's excellent blog!

 

an
13/12/2014 at 07:20

Mr I

CP 1 to CP2 is 65 long dark hilly HARD miles well over 24 hrs. You can,t do this race on a 24 hour clock cycle and make the cut offs so you have to make your own CP,s

14/12/2014 at 02:38
ian bowles 2 wrote (see)

Mr I

CP 1 to CP2 is 65 long dark hilly HARD miles well over 24 hrs. You can,t do this race on a 24 hour clock cycle and make the cut offs so you have to make your own CP,s

Well apparently I have more faith in Booktrunk than you

 

14/12/2014 at 09:56

Oyyyy don't get me involved with your willy waving Mr I.

i'm slow as shit and going to be tail end Charlie on the Challenger!! Also have a snuggly warm sleeping bag (well would be snuggly warm in the summer.... On the spine might be not quite so toasty warm. 

15/12/2014 at 10:44

Willy waving above 200m in the pennines in january can lead to a particularly nasty form of FROSTBIGHT!

15/12/2014 at 11:24

are you allowed to use Greg's hut for sleeping, or the other bothy's on the route (lamb hill)?

15/12/2014 at 15:09

The answer is Gregs Hut  yes . Don,t know about lamb hill(if it is open). Gregs Hut can be noisy and crowded. Usually several Medics ,  John Bamber and a rescue team.. Everyone arriving at the hut tends to blow off steam with the relief of having survived  Cross Fell., So not a very calm place to rest. The good news is that it is seriously warm as John has made it a tradition to lug a large bag of coal to the hut for use during the event.

Glowing stove ,hot noodles and good company make it a difficult place to leave.

Edited: 15/12/2014 at 15:48

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