Faster and lighter

In celebration of Phillippe Gatta’s recent epic run along the Great Himalaya Trail, this month we are challenging you to go faster and lighter.

Most of us are probably not up to running a 1,200km ultra marathon through the Himalayas – even if you did have a month off work. But all of us have our own adventurous pursuits (you wouldn’t be on the Berghaus website if you didn’t, right?), be it Munro bagging or evening strolls, weekend bike rides or a long cycle commute, fell running or treadmill pounding, river swimming or lane crawling, wall climbing or crag scrambling.

You may be relieved to hear that there this month’s Everyday Adventure need not require any big changes to your pastime. More of the same please! I just want you to put a little more effort in. Travel a little lighter, work a little harder, go a little faster.

Some people will need no more encouragement than that. The gauntlet of words will act like a red rag to a bull and their competitive spirit will already be racing. Good luck to you lot and I look forward to hearing how you get on in a month’s time.

Others, however, may be hesitant:

“It’s not a competition”

“That’s not what it’s about”

…but there are different ways to push yourself. It may be sweating and grunting as you struggle to beat a PB in the gym but it may just as well be adding an extra hour or two to your day’s walk or ride.

Some ideas…

●     Beat your PB: do your regular route to work, your local crag or evening work out as normal but aim to improve on your personal best. Don’t time yourself? Start now and see if you can beat it by the end of the month.

●     Going camping? Have a ruthless sort through of your kit and see how many things you can get away without. Take a cooler sleeping bag and sleep in your fleece. Leave the stove at home and eat sandwiches for dinner. Use a bivi bag instead of a tent (lightest bivi I’ve seen is 200g and a cheap orange survival bag doesn’t weigh much more).

●     Going for a walk? Use trail shoes or trainers instead of hiking boots and pick your route accordingly. Take the smallest bag you can find. Or maybe you don’t even need a bag, just fill your pockets. Perhaps instead of walking you could try running instead. It needn’t be fast or long if you’re not used to it but you can cover a lot more ground with a lot less kit when travelling with a little speed.

●     Hitting the gym? Even if you’ve not got the time or inclination to head for the hills then why not use this article as an excuse to push yourself on the static rower or cross trainer or in the pool. Set yourself a target, beat it and let us know how you get on.

This article was written by Tim Moss (Berghaus Everyday Adventurer November 2013)


 

Tim and Laura Moss lived and worked in London for several years, slotting adventure into their otherwise mundane existence at weekends and during holidays. Always open to a challenge, they have run the length of every London Underground line, cycled from Cornwall to Edinburgh and attempted to swim the length of the Thames.

 

The lure of full-time adventuring finally proved too much and they left the UK on their bicycles in August 2013, aiming to pedal to Australia. You can follow their progress, and find details of their previous adventures, at http://www.thenextchallenge.org.

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