Tried the Walking poles at the weekend. Good bit of kit and certainly took the strain off the old joints, although my feet didn't fair well during the training tab. I gave my Lowa mountain boots away to a choggie, so the only goretex boots I have are G10 pro boots. Pretty much chewed my feet up and I'm tempted just to do this thing in my desert Lowas as those boots are well broken in and great for tabbing in provided its dry!! Is there any merit in wearing thinner socks inside thicker socks to reduce friction thus reducing the chances of blisters? I've never done this before, but I've come across mixed reviews. To try and keep blisters down, I'm planning on changing my socks regularly and keeping them powdered up.
Sitting at home with stiff legs and tender feet. The last 20 miles was tough. Pretty much head down and stared at the ground. Would I do it again? Yes, but would invest in a decent pair of hiking boots!
A year on. Registered for the yomp 2014 having trained per the Bwian Megathread standard therefore making it harder than it should be. Did a 34 miler last weekend with 2 walking poles for the first time and did not get on with them; have been training with one to assist the old joints on descents which seems to help. At this late stage has anyone any tips on whether ditching the second pole is a good idea?
Looking back at the first page of the thread, I found in the end one stick alone was better for me - a necessity on the descents. Observing two-stick users it seems they adopt a rhythm to make use of them that I don't have.
Just done it.
Tough going, beautiful scenery, spoiled by rain and mist.
Just under 22 1/2 hours in 202nd place out of the 365 who completed the full 54 miles.
Felt a certain sense of accomplishment at the end.