Posted: 19/06/2006 at 22:13
Haven't posted for a few weeks due to being totally immersed in new job. But gather from the thread that you're mostly alive and well. Just back from the LAMM and am completely wasted so will try to catch up bit by bit.
Mol, fantastic report, awesome achievement, you're an inspiration.
micksta, hope today's been OK for you, there must be a lot of emotion to go through.
Lizzy, I'm behind, what have you had done?! Get well soon, can empathise with your boredom.
Hello and congrats to everyone else on all your training!
Nrg-b, you sound so motivated and passionate about pose, I'm sure you'll make a terrific coach. Good news on the tax rebate too!
Scobos, looking forward to hearing how you got on in Assynt this weekend. This was certainly one of the toughest events I've ever done, bearing in mind it's over 2 days. It's impossible to describe how it feels if you haven't done one like it and I couldn't have imagined how difficult the terrain would be; practically all cross country, over mountains, contouring boulder strewn hill sides, clambering over tussocks, climbing scree, up and down through boggy peat hags, it was an achievement to run at all let alone fast. I loved the navigating part, finding the best routes and locating controls were a real challenge and very satisfying. Camped by a sea loch Sat night and woken at 5 am by guy playing the bag pipes as is traditional! Felt pretty weary on the second day - we took 9 hrs to complete on Sat and over 8 yesterday in total. Official distance a mere 44 km for our class but believe me distance is a totally different thing in the Assynt! Apparently the ascent was 2400 m over 2 days which seems too little given how we endlessly seemed to have to climb yet another hill - will measure up when I get the map back. Had a bit of a navigational 'mare and probably wasted at least 45 mins looking for 1 control on Day 2; amazingly we still improved our position over the second day. Weather was mostly misty with poor visibility but cleared towards yesterday afternoon. Good compass practice!
Did I mention the toilets? One ditch dug out with separate areas for men and women - the waist high tarpaulin had blown down overnight yielding a great view of rows of people crouching with their pants down!!
Wished I hadn't been so tired to start as new job is v demanding but still happy with position - 98/136 finishers, s further 30 odd at least dnfd in our class. 7th female pair out of 15 starting- should have entered B class as there were no female pairs in that class!
Back's all scabby from pack rubbing but no major damage, just wrecked and feel like staying in bed for a week.