The long Easter Weekend saw me take my boys, Chris and Alex, up to Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales. It was our first ever visit together, although I’d been there just the month before on a bit of a recce with Andy K.
An interview with Jack Strange by The Walking Dad
WD: Jack, you’re famous for being an author, but not many people know you’re very keen on walking.
Just a few days now before I head off up to Scotland and the start of my National 3 Peaks (N3P) walking challenge.
As some of you know, I’ve done the N3P Challenge before and just about survived, minus a never to be regained part of my sanity and thankfully some regained toe-nails (albeit toe-nails that a witch would be proud of). But I did get the T-Shirt…
There will be a few blogs, no doubt, to follow as our adventures progress. Accompanying me on the trip will be:
Tony ‘The Machine’ Harris: Tasked with getting us around the three hills alive. He’s done the N3P Challenge a few times now, including one time just a fortnight ago (nutter!)
Simon Christopherson: Another ex-colleague who I’ve done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with a few times and tasked with some of the driving. N3P Virgin!
Adam Thwaites: Simon’s pal and again someone I’ve done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with before. N3P Virgin.
Matt Lad!: The One and Only. Legend! He’s done the Yorky 3 Peaks three times now, but is a N3P Virgin.
Adam’s Car: Some big corporate Merc. Hopefully the size of a small warehouse.
The Weather: Without getting too technical the forecast is… TOTAL DOGSH!T
I hope I’m ready I’ve done some big 15-20m walks over the last month or so, plus the Yorkshire 3 Peaks a fortnight ago… and a tonne of gym work.
So I’m fitter than four years ago, but still four years older – and now closer to the BIG ‘FiveO..MG!’
I’ve got much better (and lighter) kit and will remember, definitely remember, to EAT and DRINK loads. I’ve started to ‘carb up’ this week and am drinking like a fish – water that is (for once). No caffeine or alcohol this week – despite the England Football Team’s attempt to send me spiraling into the nearest bottle!
Fri 11am: Leave home for Adam’s.
Fri Noon: Leave Adam’s (with Adam, Sie and Matt)
Fri 1-2pm: Pick up Tony
Fri 7pm: Stop in Glencoe for some scran and watch Wales get battered by the Belgians.
Fri 10-11pm: Ben Nevis Hostel for a teeny-weeny bit of shut-eye.
Sat 3am: Up and at him… Ben Nevis that is. The Mountain Trail. In the Dark!
Sat 9am: Travel to The Lakes
Sat 1pm: Up and down Scafell Pike. From Wastwater.
Sat 5pm: Travel to Snowdonia
Sat 10pm: 5 hours to get up and down Snowdon. The Miner’s Track. In the Dark – F*ck!!!
Sun 3am: Hopefully back at the car. In one piece!
Wish Me Luck. And watch this space.