On to the saddle and more training

Posted: July 16, 2012 by Ben Weber in Climbing, English, Equipment, Hiking, Mountaineering, Training
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Now that we are back from Bolivia, we have a good nine months or so before our next major training project: three or four weeks up in the Arctic Circle doing polar training with Northwinds – a Canadia firm specialised in organizing training for people about to go on expeditions to the North / South Poles.

Northwinds Arctic – consultancy, polar guides and trainers

During the training we will be working on aspects such as back country skiing; more about layering; tents in the arctic; dealing with factors such as frostbite and common injuries… navigation at the poles… (crossing 2000km of white wilderness where you want to go to the geographic north pole rather the magnetic north pole isn’t quite so easy…!)… communications… dealing with polar bears… kite skiing… and much more! It looks like it will be a lot of fun, but it will be hard work and essential. Our expedition is going to take us to environments which will be completely alien and hostile to us: environments where success is not guaranteed though only can be possible with thorough and complete preparation. So this training there will most likely not be our last!

In the next nine months or, however, we need to work more on our physical fitness and also with… considering we will be cycling the vast majority of the journey, through the Americas and through Asia… cycling…!

Surly Long Haul Trucker – minus the front and back baggage racks

Paulo has a massive amount of experience cycling – he is regularly cycling 200-300 kilometre rides, which is one of the reasons why it is great that he is on board with us. We, however, have limited, more casual experience. The Yungas Road was a great ride, though it was all down-hill and it was without any serious weight. With out project we will need hybrid expedition bikes – The Surly Long Haul Trucker looks to be a great bike for our purposes so we will most likely acquire ourselves these next year when we are in the United States. In the next week or two, we will get ourselves slightly less expensive bikes just for training and getting used to long rides here in São Paulo (and hopefully avoiding any accidents with the crazy drivers on the roads here… a challenge in its own right). Hopefully we will be riding the 300km journeys with Paulo quite soon…

All this as well as continuing our climbing, hiking, physical training (pulling heavy tires along beaches will be included in this as we get into shape for pulling heavy 60kg sleds across ice)… more mountaineering projects (we are planning for Aconcagua next year as well as returning to Bolivia)… wilderness survival and medical training…

Plenty to do…

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