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#58037 - 02/09/10 10:08 PM 5 Day Attempt is on!
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2893
Loc: West Lancs.
Well the B7B is booked for Monday and Tuesday nights (6th & 7th Sept) in St. Bees. (West Coast B&B)
My wife is going with me and the plan is to walk a bit of the coast path on Monday afternoon, and probably catch a bus to Whitehaven on Tuesday for a look around. Wont be walking a lot, the idea is to have an easy day as I have a big carpet fitting job on, all weekend, and my knees will require some recovery before setting off.
I will leave my wife in bed on Wednesday morning and set off at 4am. I have a packed lunch arranged instead of breakfast.
The long range weather forecast gives some rain later next week, but on the whole doesn't look too bad (fingers crossed).
I will be backpacking as light as pos with a wild camping pack of 13lbs inc sac and food, but not water.
Idea is to get as close to Grisedale Tarn as pos first day and Orton on the second.
If things go bad early on and I am behind schedule by Shap, I will abandon and walk home from there if I can.

#58040 - 02/09/10 11:29 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 31/01/06
Posts: 234
Loc: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Good luck with the attempt Dave.
Walking my own walk

#58043 - 03/09/10 07:29 AM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: MarkF]
HB Offline
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Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 224
Loc: Norfolk, UK
Good luck Dave, I don't envy you this challenge, but I do admire anyone who attempts such a crossing. Looking forward to hearing that you made it.

#58044 - 03/09/10 01:05 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 18/11/04
Posts: 1695
Loc: North Derbyshire UK
Yay! Good luck Dave - hope all goes well for you - I'll be most interested to hear how you get on and look fwd to reading your account. I'm thinking days will be tight now were losing the summer light. A bit of light rain will be good - it's been v hot here in Derbyshire these last couple of days.
Again good luck mate - I'll be there in spirit at least,
very good wishes
St Bees or Bust!
A Walk in the Park...s

#58048 - 03/09/10 03:23 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: lightweightmick]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Thanks to all for the encouragement.
I will try and do the same as Mick did and report my progress on Twitter.
You will find me there as 'dav657'.
Worryingly the sac is getting heavier after deciding I need something warmer for these cooler evenings, and I had forgotten to include socks! However I carried 30lbs daily doing the PW, so at worst I will only be just over half that, but walking an average 8 miles a day more.
Trust me to pick up a good paying Carpet fitting job just before I go, my legs are really feeling it lugging all that and underlay etc up to the first floor. Hoping 2 days off beforehand will be enough.

#58063 - 05/09/10 10:37 AM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 16/02/04
Posts: 1033
Loc: UK
Good luck Dave.You certainly are a glutton for punishment!

#58068 - 05/09/10 05:47 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: tonyk]
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2893
Loc: West Lancs.
Thanks all for the encouragement, i will need it.
Nice to see you back Tonyk.
Ive done the final sac packing, decided not to take a sleep mat instead use the short insulation pad that forms part of my new OMM 35 litre sac. Just weighed it at 16.25 lbs, not inc water, but absolutely everything else. I think I can cope with that, if I find it too heavy I can abandon gear and pick up later.
Wearing North face hedgehog shoes, come rain or shine. Just got to check the weather forecast now, so next time I am on here, it will be to report success or failure.
Progress on [email protected]

#58070 - 05/09/10 06:13 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: Slogger]
Philly Offline
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Registered: 22/10/05
Posts: 70
Loc: United Kingdom
What tent do you use or is it just a Bivi?

#58076 - 05/09/10 08:38 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 26/09/09
Posts: 738
Loc: Earth. Usually,but not exclusi...
Good Luck Dave.
Remember to go back for Mrs Slogger when you have done.
Next one.
June 5th 2016.
The Fifth anniversary of C2C1
Yup Mad as hatters.

#58087 - 06/09/10 08:26 PM Re: 5 Day Attempt is on! [Re: ]
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Registered: 30/07/09
Posts: 1925
Loc: Yorkshire
I trust, that if you are up and about early, you will have a celebratory drink (of spring water) at 05:06:07 on 08/09/10. I certainly will!

(I got told off for getting up to have on on 01:02:03 on 04/05/06)

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