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New page> Training weekend 4 (the good, the wet, the ugly)


Dartmoor National Park - bang smack in the middle of lovely Devon is my training ground for my expedition.

>A bit about me

> Second Training Day on Exmoor

> Training weekend II

> Training Weekend III-day1

>Training Weekend III-day2

> further Training Regime

> Everest-Base-Camp VT meeting 2007

Route> Haytor (10km hike across the moor)
weight of backpack > 8.5 kg (uffff)
weather > brilliant sunshine but frosty

.... up at the crack of dawn - packed back-pack with heavy items and drove up to the moor to start first official training day. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeekk!!!

There was still a layer of glittery frost on the heathers and grasses and the little ponds and puddles were frozen over... and... there was NOBODY around... just some wild Dartmoor Ponies, lovely fuzzy animals munching zen-like, with no care in the world the fertile marsh-grass.

Tackling the first "hill" I call ...


... the giants tootsies ... look at the picture and you know why (mind that giant has 6 toes)... well makes sense really if you are huge to have an extra one so you don't fall over right... !!!! :)

With the backpack I found walking uphill easier than downhill strangely enough... I shall find out tomorrow just how bad my fairly untrained muscles will act up to this rather long and sweat-producing trek.


Dartmoor Wild Ponies >

On the brink of extinction - this lovely wild pony species needs to be saved

Dartmoor Pony Society

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Magical place all 4 seasons
  • Cons:MIND THE MARSH - it's a MOOR after all!!!
  • In a nutshell:One of my top favourite places in the UK
  • Last visit to Dartmoor National Park: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 26, 2006
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  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Datmoor has been on wish list for a long time. Too bad, it's so difficult to get around without a car. Thank you for the virtual tour.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49 AM

    Hi dear Iris,Do u know that Easyjet do make a contrib to carbon offsetting-i always take the opp to tick yes&they fly to Marrakech!take socks,hats, gloves,toothbrushes,unwanted tshirts etc4 kids/people around Atlas villages(use as tips for donkey man etc)

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2006 at 9:30 AM

    Good description for a nice area. Seams a hicking paradise! Weldone Iris. Jean-Pierre

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2006 at 6:28 AM

    I would love to visit the area, especially Hameldom, Haytor, Grimspound!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2006 at 8:42 AM

    Hi to you too - hope you're well. Any news on the job front? Sarah x

  • mavl's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 11:33 AM

    haha! good one! i see your language lessons are not limited to former soviet republics. guten dag fraulein!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2006 at 3:01 AM

    Fabulous photos ...brings back memories of my trip through the Dartmoor in 1997...but I must admit that it was by bus ;-)

  • Nov 22, 2006 at 2:18 PM

    Oh my gosh! I've seen a couple of documentaries about the big cats reported to have been sighted on Dartmoor! Be careful out there hun!! you never know what's watching you in the fog!!! :((

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2006 at 12:50 AM

    Training can be hard work - but it's always far more enjoyable in pleasant surroundings like these. The bronze age ruins are a fascinating bonus!

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2006 at 4:10 PM

    Great photos. Looks a lot like here but more....moorish? I tell all my Texan friends that size matters. Great adventure ahead, eh? Everest, wow.


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