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X London East to West Challenge
A 30 mile challenge walk across London from East to West. This walk should prove to be an real insight into London and challenge all at the same time. We will be taking in some of the most impressive and popular landmarks of the city as well as seeing some of the lesser known but equally interesting parts of this fantastic capital city.
Starting from the wide open expanse of Blackheath, we shall begin our day's challenge. We shall drop down to the river, and then take a journey through history, and learn about our world famous capital as we trek.
Our route will take us through the old docklands, across Tower Bridge, via the City, and The Monument, the Southbank, and then onwards via the west end, The Houses of Parliament, and finally out towards leafy west London, and its riverside parks, its rowing clubs and maybe even time to stop in one of those myriad of riverside taverns. In total we expect the trek to be around twenty eight miles, and for those serious challengers who rise to the undertaking, and complete the event, this should take around ten or eleven hours.
NB there will be ‘check-out’ points at 18 & 23 miles.
Meet for challenge briefing - 08:30 - beside Blackheath Church.
Depart on trek - 09:00
Mid-morning break - approx 11am (Tower Bridge)
Lunchtime checkpoint - approx 1pm. (Around Battersea Park)
Mid afternoon checkpoint - approx 3pm (Putney / Hammersmith area)
please note - that challengers must reach this point by a pre-set time - (or their challenge will complete here).
End of the challenge - expected - by 18:30 - where we shall convene in a riverside tavern to discuss the day's events, and celebrate!
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Pre event briefing
Experienced leader and first aider
Excluded From Trip
Lunch. Transport to and from the event.
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Hill Walking Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
At this time of year the weather could go either way from warm temperatures to cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.We may well experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.
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