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#63465 - 25/11/11 11:11 AM PW Records -Unsupported?
Alan F Offline
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Registered: 09/02/10
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Loc: Reading
Whilst we all may know the fastest record time for the PW stands at 2 days 17 hours 20 minutes,does anyone have any ideas what an unsupported,fully self-sufficient record time might be,as in camping/bivvying the whole route with no outside support assistance?
I guess it must be around the 5 or 6 day mark.
Having done it northbound three times (1975,1978,2010),I'm just considering trying a sub-8 day trip southbound for summer 2012,as this would probably be about my limit!
Any ideas?
Thanks
Alan F

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#63472 - 25/11/11 06:26 PM Re: PW Records -Unsupported? [Re: Alan F]
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Hi Alan,
There is no official information on these things, on any LDP routes, although I know that some people have done the PW in 7 days, but whether supported or not I am not sure.
By fully self sufficient do you mean carrying all your food from day too and not using any shops, cafes or pubs, and what about water?
I intend doing it North to South too sometime possibly in 2012, it's just a matter of which to do, out of several that I have in mind.
Dave.

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#63473 - 25/11/11 06:27 PM Re: PW Records -Unsupported? [Re: Slogger]
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Should read: "carrying all your food from DAY ONE too"

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#63474 - 25/11/11 07:29 PM Re: PW Records -Unsupported? [Re: Slogger]
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I guess I meant in terms of accommodation,viz camping/bivvying the whole route without using hostels,B&B,etc,but sourcing all food and drink from along the route (doing a selection of pubs would still be a must).
Carrying water from the start would be a task-have to tow some form of tanker!

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#63476 - 25/11/11 09:51 PM Re: PW Records -Unsupported? [Re: Alan F]
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I think Geoff Bell did the entire route in 4 days 21 hours with full kit in the mid eighties.His last day was something in the region of seventy miles.Good luck!

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#63478 - 26/11/11 09:03 AM Re: PW Records -Unsupported? [Re: tonyk]
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Alan,
Re: Water, I meant were you planning to source it from streams with the aid of a filtration system, or simply knock on doors and ask. However you have answered that,
Dave.

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#64092 - 12/02/12 03:22 PM Re: PW Records -Unsupported? [Re: Alan F]
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Tch, I'd only just put the reports away again when I came on this thread...

Geoff himself sent me his accounts some 5 yrs ago - the kit list and food on Dave's C2C thread are from his 1st successful attempt, an account of which was in the Rucksack Club journal 1978 - 5 d 16 hrs and 14 mins.
(Daily mileages: 57.5/39.5/42/39.5/39.5/51)

His later time in 1981 or (poss.86?) was 4 d 20 hr 49 min
(daily mileages: 57.5/50.5/44.5/47.5/70) - this extract from Dark Peak News

Interestingly, he doesn't feel his 1st attempt was totally self-sufficient because after a battering on Cross Fell he stayed the night in Garrigill church instead of his home-made tent!

The 'unsupported' qualification is to carry all food/shelter to cover the entire trip and be totally self-reliant.
To my knowledge Geoff's record still stands...
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