this is pretty long , took 14 hours with water depot the previous day to collect enroute.
It is a recreation of a walk done by tom Crean in 1912 , he made a solo dash for help leaving his two comrades in a tent 33 miles away.
If you want to know how tom felt, this is the walk for you.
The walk starts off at the foot of the dublin mountain and continues for the first half partly by road, then connects onto the wicklow way bringing you up over Djouce at 25km...
Onwards to luggalla and roundwood and glendalough.
The objective is 56km..
I had the presence of mind to not carry 5 litres of water, i went out the day before and laid out bottles of water about every 7km.
I'd say 4 litres is enough.
Please bear in mind the challenge has a food factor of 177 grams of oats. and unlimited water.
I trained for four months prior using 10kgs and 18kgs back packs doing 10 and 8km walks. I really think this conditioning made it possible.
Light foot wear,
Two sticks that measure to your chin... i used holly tree for its spring. cetainly made a difference.
WAter water everywhere and drink drink drink.
i don't know why but i seemed to need to use the toilet every time i met a sign for the wicklow way. when i stopped drinking i felt ill, almost like heat stroke. then i drank more and continued.
This is a serious challenge, prepare for it with weight training. no doubt tom did the same
I wore innovate trailtalon 290 . and found every piece of grass to walk on that i could find.
This is a solo endurance challenge, do not expect help training, do not expect help on the day,.... but do it and change yourself forever
telephone coverage was good throughout.
I used the glympse app to keep people notified of my location..
Set off 5 or 6am and you will make it by 8pm to glendalough.
Take ample breaks
There are no shops or coffee stops anywhere on this route.
Tips and hints
Train ... bring music, drink water
Have someone meet you at the end
Don't expect to be able to move your legs or hips for a day or two
Getting thereyou can start behind the kiltipper woods old people's home in tallaght Dublin. or from the square shopping centre in tallaght or the old mill pub for the true 56km
Parkingthe old mill pub
Book recommendations for this region:
innovate trailtalon 290
5 litres of water
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