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Piedra Clavada - Cueva de las Manos - Valle Lunar

posted on 2019-10-19 23:24:42 in Patagonia Preparation

Chile Chico. Is a small town on the southern shore of the Lago Genereal Carrera and is just 6km west of the border with Argentina. It is a very quiet town and serves as a good stop to visit if going to Argentina or wanting to visit The Valle Lunar. It is the main apple growing region in Chile And as we left town the morning the Apple trees were covered in blossom. While it is a nice little stop-over place relying on public transport to get out  - at least in the direction we want to go, is a n...

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Capillas de Mármol - Marble Caves

posted on 2019-10-17 13:06:20 in Patagonia Preparation

Rest day, we’ll sort of. Rest doesn’t mean sit around twiddling our thumbs, in this case it meant traveling down to Puerto Rio Tranqillo and then taking a boat ride to visit the Capillas de Mármol, the Marble Caves. These caves are claimed to be one of the most isolated natural treasures of the world, the Marble Caves are a series of sculpted caves on the shoreline of the Lago General Carrera in the heart of Patagonia. The Cathedral, the Chapel and the Cave are the three main formations ...

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My final week before the off

posted on 2019-09-27 18:41:15 in Patagonia Preparation

27th September  My last week in Australia has passed very quickly as I try to get some last minute training squeezed into a busy work schedule. Plenty of action in the pool with 3 good swims including a good loosen on Monday after the Sunday’s long pack walk. Something I have recommended myself to do frequently but am sure I will not get that opportunity much in Patagonia unless it is in a freezing lake or river! Tuesday I did a good step climb, extending my usual route by 50% and this was...

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Lysterfield Park

posted on 2019-09-22 23:28:07 in Patagonia Preparation

22nd September starting details 8:50, 10c, 20kg location Lysterfield Park I was staggered by the amount of cars already in car park when I arrived and sure 90% having bicycle carriers attached. I initially thought I would need to have my wits about me today out on the tracks but as it turned out I hardly saw many cyclists. One group I did see were resting after a fast downhill run, I took a break from walking to chat with them as they were intrigued as to why I was carrying such a large pack....

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The first pack is complete

posted on 2019-09-20 17:11:04 in Patagonia Preparation

20th September First packing completed and good news it all fits in the pack! Next to go for a hike to make sure it is comfortable and balanced on my back then double check I have everything I need. Following that I will try and trim some weight. Currently weighs just over 20kg. I need it to weigh under 20!...

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13 Days to go!

posted on 2019-09-18 16:04:00 in Patagonia Preparation

18th September Less than Two weeks out and final planning and re-checking our route is now under way for the trip. Checking the plan and making sure everything is still ok and will fit in is extremely important to the smooth running of the trip. It is also good to be able to revise and familiarise myself again with some of the plans and places that were looked at early on. Helps with keeping the anxiety levels down and building the excitemen. Making up for last week I have so far had Two g...

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The Daily Countdown begins

posted on 2019-09-15 10:30:35 in Patagonia Preparation

15th September. Not such a good week for walking with the best day for training being Wednesday. A beautiful warm sunny morning took me back into the Wilson Botanic Park for my “Step” route. This is where I have a circuit that incorporates climbing the main steps then climbing the lookout tower 3 times then repeating as many times as I have time for. A good way to get some hill walking practice without traveling to the mountains. After the intensity of the step circuit I find a walk around t...

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A walk before breakfast

posted on 2019-09-05 14:53:23 in Patagonia Preparation

5th September What a fabulous morning! Clear skies and a pleasant temperature. I planned on taking a stroll around the block before breakfast and ended up with 5.5km under my belt. Not much to write about today from walking the streets but still I amaze myself at the pictures I find even though I have walked the streets many times over the past few months. Thomas started writing his blog yesterday setting out the record regarding how and why the trip came about, I certainly don’t need an...

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Spring walk Wilson Botanic Park

posted on 2019-09-04 13:11:08 in Patagonia Preparation

4th September 2019. Exercise is a strange thing, for years I have barely done any exercise and just accepted myself getting heavier and slower. Now, 18 months after I started swimming again and more recently with the increased walking, I feel guilty if I am not doing a regular swim or walk. After only 3 days out of the pool it felt great to get back in the water and bash out a solid 1500m swim then up to the Wilson Botanic Park for some step walking (26flights) and a quick fire 3km walk. It h...

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Albert Park, Melbourne

posted on 2019-08-30 23:34:24 in Patagonia Preparation

30th August Albert Park, Melbourne Vic States SC Championships. The morning race session went very well with most swims being Best Times and the team earning 3 top 10 places and 12 finalists for the evening session. The pool environment was very hot and stuffy and I was pleased when the final race was completed. As usual I had a swimmer in the last event so had to stay until the bitter end. Leaving the building as quick as possible It was a great feeling and a true “Breath of fresh air” a...

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