Category: Training

December 28, 2005

Brecon Beacons 8 Peaks Challenge

As final preparation for the Kilimanjaro climb I went climbing in Brecon Beacons (South Wales) with a friend Chris Williams. We climbed 8 peaks and covered a distance of 15 miles in a time period of 8 hours. Conditions were pretty bleak, the temperature never went above zero celsius and on the peaks the temperatures were in the region of -5 without windchill. Whenever we climbed a peak our water froze whilst reaching the summit.

The pic below shows me on top of Fan y Byg at 2,358ft.

Richard Byrom on top of Fan Y Byg

The peaks we climbed were:

  • Corn Du x 2
  • Pen y Fan x 3
  • Cribyn x 2
  • Fan y Byg

As shown in the graph below, total ascent distance worked out at 2km and considering that on the the Rongai route for Kilimanjaro we will be ascending 4km over the entire climb we effectively climbed 50% of Kilimanjaro in one day.

Brecon Beacons 8 Peaks Elevation Profile

You can download more pics of the climb here as well as a Google Earth KML for the route we took.

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December 19, 2005

Walk from St. Margaret’s Bay to Dover - great uphills!

Yesterday I went on a walk from St. Margaret’s Bay to Dover along the White Cliffs of Dover.

I used a route provided by WalkingWorld which is described as follows:

St Margaret’s Bay - South Foreland Lighthouse - Fox Hill Down

A moderate circular walk from St Margaret’s Bay, taking in the fantastic views of the English Channel along the clifftops and on past the South Foreland Lighthouse (NT) and up to the viewpoint at Fox Hill Down, overlooking the busy ferry terminal at Dover.

Distance 5.59 miles
Duration 180 mins
Height gain 107m

I spent about 2.5 hours walking but didn’t follow the planned route too closely as I found some nice uphill and downhill stretches and decided to go up and down these. The altitude graph provided by my Suunto X6 watch gives you an indication of the number of times I went up and downhill.

Suunto Altitude Graph for Dover Climb

Here’s a pic of one of the uphill stretches:

A nice uphill on the Dover Cliffs

More pics of the walk can be found here and you can download the related Google KML showing the route and waypoints here.

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December 19, 2005

Walking World - recommended site for Kilimanjaro fitness training

If you’re living in the UK and looking to get fit I highly recommend you consider signing up to the Walking World site.

Their site intro aptly summarises what they provide you with:

Welcome to Britain’s largest online walking guide. This is the place where over 180 local contributors share their favourite routes with you. There are more than 3,000 to choose from. Every walk comes with an easy-to-follow photographic guide and an Ordnance Survey map. You print them out yourself on A4 paper, so you never need carry a bulky guidebook again. You also get digital mapping files for easy export to your GPS.

We’ve used their site to provide us with walking routes for our Kilimanjaro fitness training. The walks we went on, most of which were in Kent, are:

In particular I found their GPS files provided for each walk to be quite useful since they downloaded quite easily to my GPS and provided us with waypoints and a route for each walk.

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