I know its bad form to publish the same post on two blogs however in this case its for a very good cause, below is my latest post from the Arctic Challenge 2013 blog - please give it a read and take a look at our just giving page.
Nearly there....a progress update.
In just over a month we will be on our way
to Norway, so I thought an update was in order.
Speaking for myself training and
preparation is going well. I have most if not all of the kit I need, including
the elusive Bridgedale Summit knee high socks which are apparently the footwear
equivalent of rocking-horse shit, I'm sure other socks would suffice, however I
used the Bridgedales last time I was in Norway, they served me very well and I
had no problems with my feet. I finally tracked them down to Global Adventurer
in Forest Row.
The other bit of kit I was determined to
source was a Vapour Barrier Liner for my sleeping bag. Last time out I was
forced to use a bog-standard, orange plastic survival bag, which was absolutely
horrendous to sleep in. This time I've managed to source a Rab VBL from a nice
man on UK Climbing.
Training too, is going well. Since October
I've really knuckled under and have been in the gym a lot, so much so that one
of the comedians I work with has changed my phone number to the extension in
the gym. According to Runkeeper I've cycled, cross-trained, rowed and run
nearly 300kms and lifted a cumulative weight of over 66 tons. I have to say I'm
feeling pretty damn good and am certainly fitter than I was when I last
travelled in Norway.
Fran too, has been hard at it and puts my
mediocre training to shame, she has been posting her progress to our JustGiving page, why not take a look and donate while you're there.
Our fundraising efforts have been thrown
into sharp relief by the SusSAR team SSV (Search Support Vehicle) failing its
MOT last week. Although the problems have been fixed and its back on the road,
the failure shows that the team desperately need a new vehicle from which to
mount our searches and that the money we raise will be going to a very good