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The Spine

Posted: 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.

The Spine

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:44

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

Rules on 'self supported'

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 19:37

No 1 probably involves someone picking you up and running you home=supported.

Number 4 fits best as it,s living off the land/local facilities.

Self supported is about solving problems without outside help from friends.

The Spine

Posted: 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

The Spine

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 22:27

I have included a bit on panic buys on the latest blog.



The Spine

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 17:14

Circlip if freezing in bag then upgrade your sleeping mat. Besides you will have more use for a good mat in the future . Thermalite liners are a good item which will also be use for hot summer camping.

The Spine

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 17:00

I think it would be a great idea is every support vehicle had a 20l water drum available for any passing Spiner to top up with . If we get a hard freeze dipping streams for water /ice can be an issue.

Yaktrax are fine . Microspikes are heavy and only good for thick ice . They can also rip holes in your other kit!

The Spine

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 21:48

 Just set out to enjoy it and not fight the race and you will be ok.

How to find a teammate

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 21:42

Join an orienteering club. They are full of like minded nutters. Many orienteers  do mountain marathons which also attract adventure race types.

 Orienteering requires more use of the brain than plain running and so is better suited to adventure race types. Most orienteers I know are prepared to give anything new a try.

 You will also pick up many of the skills you will need for Adventure Racing.

Foot preparation for ultra's / adventure racing

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 21:34

Burts bees wax hand cream on the feet every night 3 days before a long ultra.

 Same on day of race. 

 First Spine race was dry so used talk during the race . Medicated talk for the full Spine as immune system gets hammered leaving you v prone to athletes foot.

 Second Spine. wax only with Army Surplus waterproof socks and two pairs of merino blend socks under the waterproof socks.

 I always run ultras with a min of two pairs of socks.

 Blisters not a problem for me. But Spine Medic Team hate compeed type blister plasters. Compeeds weld them self  to your foot after 24 hrs and can cause secondary blisters around their edges. After 24 hrs removing them can tear what was healthy skin letting in infection.  

Spine medics use small patches of shaped mole skin held in place with Kinesio tape.

 So for short races perhaps compeed but long ultras no way.

 One other thing, 6 days of Spine racing leads to scary foot swelling compared with a 100 miler. you need at least one size up and add an extra insole at the start to take up the slack before the real swelling begins. And elevate feet as often as possible (sleep sessions with feet above head)

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