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#405931 - 15/09/13 05:04 PM Spine 2014.
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This event in January is fast approaching.
My main intentions/hopes are:-
1. To be much fitter at the start than last time.
2. To reach Middleton in Teesdale (Halfway approx 134 miles) by
the 75 hour mark, as the cut off is 84 hours upon exiting.
3. To get through without major foot problems like last time.
4. To finish.

Ive recently added to my winter upper clothing layers. Although as last time, I can always rely on my Buffalo top in very cold conditions, I intend to being prepared for milder conditions too.
Ive also purchased a light rucksack.
I can't really see how I can the weight down more, without winging it, I know some do, however in my mind that's plain irresponsible.
Ive got several choices of waterproof jackets from very light to heavy weight, same with over-trousers.
I would prefer a fully enclosed Bivvy Bag to my Alpkit Hunka with its drawcord opening, but the ones Ive checked out are quite a bit heavier.
I also want to wear shoes this time to enable me to do more running especially during days 1 & 2. Of course the drawback is, more chance of foot problems as most contenders found out last time. It's all about getting the right, well fitting Shoes/Socks/Foot Management together. Maybe having a bigger size too in the drop bag for later on, allowing for foot expansion.
It's too late to wish one had chosen this or done that, once we are underway, so trying to get it right beforehand.
Oh, and one last thing - although I don't know what I can do about it, other than take tablets (that's also not allowed) - is to get some sleep!
Dave.

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#405932 - 15/09/13 06:30 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Slogger]
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I know that you must have read about waterproof Sealskinz socks but have you tried them. I found them excellent on my recent Offa's Dyke walk when my boots started to fall apart.
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#405934 - 15/09/13 09:47 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Slogger]
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Oh, and one last thing - although I don't know what I can do about it, other than take tablets (that's also not allowed) - is to get some sleep!


Try autogenics.

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#405938 - 16/09/13 07:19 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Harland]
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Originally Posted By: Harland
I know that you must have read about waterproof Sealskinz socks but have you tried them. I found them excellent on my recent Offa's Dyke walk when my boots started to fall apart.


Ive got three pairs. Learnt the hard way that their sizing is on the small side. I'm not sure whether I prefer them or Goretex socks. With Sealskins you have to accept the socks as they are, however with Goretex you can wear your preferred socks beneath.
Dave.

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#406046 - 18/10/13 05:28 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Slogger]
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Tested out my Sealskin socks as to their durability in keeping water out. Turned them inside out and filled with water. One pair only used once were fine no leaks. Another pair worn about five times leaked like a sieve, water sprinkling out everywhere along the sole and heel.
Then tried my Goretex socks which I have had about 15 years and worn many, many times. Just three minute squirts of water from the toe, heel and along the seam.
After drying them all out and having them the right way, as in, how we wear them, I did a second test. This time lightly filling them with tissue paper and immersing them in water for a few minutes. The leaky Sealskins, let water in and the tissue was very wet. The Goretex didn't let any water in and the tissue was dry.
By this test clearly the Goretex are more durable, which is what I thought.
I will now purchase some more Goretex socks rather than Seaskins. Their advantage also is, that you can choose whichever type of socks you like to wear beneath.
Dave.

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#406047 - 18/10/13 11:46 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Slogger]
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I've only ever had the sealskinz, but do think the membrane must be very thin. Thing is, neither breathe well enough to wear for longer periods IMO, which means frequent changes throughout the day.
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#406049 - 19/10/13 09:51 AM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: lightweightmick]
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Originally Posted By: lightweightmick
I've only ever had the sealskinz, but do think the membrane must be very thin. Thing is, neither breathe well enough to wear for longer periods IMO, which means frequent changes throughout the day.

Don't tell my wife I should change socks frequently throughout the day! When my boots started to let in water walking Offa's Dyke this year I must have worn them for 3/4 days. The outside were wet throughout but the insides were dry and I don't think that they smelled too bad but I didn't make many friends over the last few days. I must try the goretex socks mentioned, only being an occasional walker I didn't know about them as socks aren't the first thing I chat about when I meet someone!
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#406050 - 19/10/13 01:15 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Slogger]
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I loved my Saloman Quest boots, so comfy, but both pairs I've had ended up leaking and my last Pennine Way was horrible with soaking wet feet. Maybe these socks are the answer when going on long hikes with boots that may not stay watertight ?
(I ened up over the Cheviots witrh Tesco carrier bags on my feet inside the boots !!)

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#406051 - 19/10/13 02:03 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Les + Heidi]
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I tried that "once" but my feet kept slipping in the boots and then the bags burst. With the holes that they have to put in the nags nowadays I guess that it would be even worse. I think that I used Sainsburys bags - perhaps Tesco make them better!
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#406052 - 19/10/13 11:40 PM Re: Spine 2014. [Re: Harland]
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lol, re the holes in carrier nags.
My local offy still does bags without holes so I always seek a few out as they are ideal and it's this type that I refer to in the 1st coast to coast blog at the bunkhouse in Bromton-on-Swale. Again you can't wear 'em for too long though...
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