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The Spine

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 14:10
Yes definately feeling close now. Did an overnight trial in the peak district with pack weighing in at 9kg. Would like to reduce but think that will be it. Fingers crossed.

The Spine

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 21:39
Hi all. I have now tried some sealskinz socks and confirm they are damp proof, improvement on normal but still had wet feet.

Does anyone know if the omm 1 bag is suitable for this run (would use a liner and bivvy bag with it anyway).


The Spine

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 13:37
Be good to hear the results from the latest shoe/boot trials.

I am sticking with a cheap but light tent, done a lot of camping and I think a good night sleep will improve your time better than most kit upgrades. I agree, I don't think a bivvi alone with give you enough mental comfort to sleep well.

The Spine

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:23
Interesting about footwear, I was ready to buy some speedcross 3. I have been training in some la sportiva trainers that have good grip (only slipped twice over last few weeks and that was on wood bridges). They do suffer from lack of cushioning on rocky downhills and have no waterproof abilities. I bought them a year or so a go wanting the best grip I could find but only because I had broke my leg previously slipping on a grassy bank. Hmmmm what to choose....

The Spine

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 21:14
Ok, tried a memory map a2800. Better again from the etrex but flawed a little. Cannot change the battery but give great os mapping.

Been for a circular run over black hill today in the rain. Raised a question though, can you actually do the spine with anything close to dry feet?

I crossed the moors and expected wet, but even once back on the pennine way some parts were 6" deep in water. if most are planning Solomon trail shoes, what options are being used for dry feet?

The Spine

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 15:30

Wow, got an idea of what the event is about.  Took my step son and went to walk across Bleaklow last night.  Pitch black, no light not even a star to glow.  Thick fog and visibility down to about 3 metres.  Made nav very interesting but just about managable with map, compass and GPS but very difficult. On pennine way could cover reasonable pace, once paths were vague, slowed right down., really right down. We went across the moor and by midnight decided enough and pitched the tents.  Can't imagine how eiry this will be alone and tired during the race.  Coming back we could check the route this morning and some very difficult sections were just difficult because we couldn't see the right path a mere metre away.

Rat race coast to coast 2014

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:21

How did everyone do?


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:19

depends if they can cure my Achilles tendon, ankle pain from a severe break in 2010 and a little heart problem I deal with.

The Spine

Posted: 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)







The Spine

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:15

Thanks that's quite interesting.  I currently run in la sportivva so may stick with what I know.  Like the look of the crossover version as a balance between trainer and boot/gaiter.

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