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#1467 - 01/09/06 07:46 PM starting and training
booge Offline
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Registered: 01/09/06
Posts: 1
All the messages I've read on completiong the C2C make great reading. I am taking a mixed group on it next year. They range form quite fit and young to not so fit and getting older. I am looking for advice on how you prepare for this length of walk and whether I should go with an organised group or sort out the agenda using Sherpa or even camp.
All help appreciated.

#1468 - 01/09/06 09:25 PM Re: starting and training
sid Offline

Registered: 08/04/04
Posts: 59
Loc: tudhoe,co.durham,england
camping and not using sherpa is in my opinion for fit people who suffer no effects to sore feet .
i also think anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness can do the c2c , the first 2 days are the hardest then it gets easier every day.
i've done it twice , once camping and carrying all my gear and 2nd time a mixture of camping/b+b , using sherpa and carrying all my gear .
when i do it again i will defo. be using sherpa all the time and doing a mixture of camping/b+b.
the hardest thing about the c2c is sore and tired feet which is caused by the amount of weight you are carrying.

p.s i enjoyed it much more this year when i used sherpa.

cheers sid

#1469 - 02/09/06 02:01 AM Re: starting and training
landryrk Offline
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Registered: 17/11/05
Posts: 275
Loc: Austin, Texas
When we trained for our September 2004 C2C walk, we walked 5 or 6 miles most every day and did walks of 10 to 12 miles about once or twice a week. Someone on this message board suggested that you do two 16-mile walks, with the pack and shoes you will wear on the C2C, back-to-back to ensure basic readiness for the Lake District portion of the walk. We did the two 16-mile walks, one of them on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, USA.

Another thing to consider is the use of so-called trail runner shoes in lieu of the standard heavy hiking boots. Also, trekking poles are a must, in my opinion.

On our C2C walk, we purchased packed lunches from our B&B's. We found them to be quite pricy and they had too much food in them (but I liked the Kit Kat bars). So, for our 2006 Cotswolds Way walk in May/June, we simply made up two bacon sandwiches from our full english breakfasts and took some fruit for our lunches and we had plenty to eat.

For both our 2004 C2C and 2006 Cotswolds Way walks, we carried all of our gear and did not use Sherpavan. My pack weighed in at 20-25 pounds and my wife's pack came in at 15 pounds. Using Sherpavan would have saved us only about 10 pounds apiece, more of less. But we're thinking of using Sherpavan for Hadrian's Wall in 2007 or 2008.

Finally, instead of doing the C2C in one go in 14 days, try to schedule two rest days, one in Kirkby Stephens and one in Richmond.
The older we get, the better we were.

C2C September 2004
Cotswolds Way May-June 2006
Dingle Way August-September 2007
Hadrian's Wall September 2009
Essex Way April 2013

#1470 - 02/09/06 11:43 AM Re: starting and training
Philly Offline
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Registered: 22/10/05
Posts: 70
Loc: United Kingdom
My training consisted of initially walking to work - it is about three miles.

A couple of months before, I started walking in the long way to work - an early start and a 7 mile walk. A few times a week I would walk the 7 mile walk home again.

I then added to this about 2-3 weeks before by walking for 18-20 miles a couple of times.

I did no walking at all in the week before I started.

#1471 - 02/09/06 03:51 PM Re: starting and training
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2893
Loc: West Lancs.
If you dont have a history of doing long multi day walks then I would suggest for training you should go out every week early and walk all day finishing late. Its no good starting walking at 10.30 am and finishing 10 mile later 3pm. Better starting at 9am and doing a good walk finishing at 5pm. Even walking slow in the Lake district should get you 16 miles under your belt, unless you keep stopping, then distance quickly drops away. I always carry all my gear and my feet are never tired, my legs might be but not my feet - quality properly fitting boots and quality insoles together with a quality well fitted rucsac make ALL the difference.

#1472 - 02/09/06 04:07 PM Re: starting and training

I, agree with Slogger about good fitting boots. Also decent socks are a boon. When I done the CtC 15 years old, I used a training plan which consisted of walking, cycling and swimming. But I was back -packing and luggage company's were only coming into being. I did'nt suffer blisters, but my shoulders did ache a little bit, So it's not all about the feet suffering.


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