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#1 run4vision

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:11 PM

New to this forum - I signed up for the Marathon des Sables 2008 with my buddy from Brisbane. Wondering if there is another cool runner in Sydney who is planning this pilgrimage to the desert next year? Check out our website for more info about our fundraising project. Visit My Website

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:23 PM

Hi run4vision,

I also have a spot for 2008. I'll be raising money as well, still in the process of setting up my web page.

Cheers
Becky...

Edited by Becky O, 21 June 2007 - 07:41 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:52 PM

I am SO, SO, Jealous. And so proud of you fools :p :p

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:17 PM

My flights are booked...

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:25 PM

I'm in...again.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 04:34 PM

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My flights are booked...

Do you mind me asking who you've booked your flights with?

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 04:59 PM

View PostBecky O, on Jun 3 2007, 04:34 PM, said:

Do you mind me asking who you've booked your flights with?
Qantas / BA - I had a heap of frequent flyer points that get me to Marrakesh and back, and so a little bus ride from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate does the trick nicely.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:13 PM

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Qantas / BA - I had a heap of frequent flyer points that get me to Marrakesh and back, and so a little bus ride from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate does the trick nicely.

Damn, only have enough to get to Melbourne and back!!

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 10:07 AM

View PostBecky O, on Jun 3 2007, 05:13 PM, said:

Damn, only have enough to get to Melbourne and back!!

becky, I think we can manage 7 days in row in MEL with 40+ degrees if You fly in february :p

and there will not be enough water to drink thanks to local missmanagement

Edited by Rudolf, 04 June 2007 - 10:09 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2007 - 09:08 PM

Looks like I'll be in Sydney next Monday (11/6) - anyone want to catch up for a short run? Or is there an interesting event on that day?

- Andrew

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 12:06 PM

View PostAndrewC, on Jun 4 2007, 05:08 AM, said:

Looks like I'll be in Sydney next Monday (11/6) - anyone want to catch up for a short run? Or is there an interesting event on that day?

- Andrew

If you can make it a day earlier there will be a fun trail starting at Heathcote in the Royal National Park

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 12:30 PM

View PostBecky O, on Jun 3 2007, 12:23 PM, said:

Hi run4vision,

I also have a spot for 2008. I'll be raising money as well, still in the process of setting up my web page.

My email address is becky.oliver@yahoo.com.au if you want to contact me.

Cheers
Becky...

Go Becky!!!

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 08:27 PM

Andrew - give me a call. Like to catch up for a run and maybe breakfast afterwards?
Markus

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Looks like I'll be in Sydney next Monday (11/6) - anyone want to catch up for a short run? Or is there an interesting event on that day?

- Andrew


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Posted 07 June 2007 - 08:18 AM

Great stuff - just checked Jay's Website and 2008 MdS is now fully booked!
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Hi run4vision,

I also have a spot for 2008. I'll be raising money as well, still in the process of setting up my web page.

My email address is becky.oliver@yahoo.com.au if you want to contact me.

Cheers
Becky...


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Posted 10 June 2007 - 06:50 PM

View Postrun4vision, on Jun 7 2007, 08:18 AM, said:

Great stuff - just checked Jay's Website and 2008 MdS is now fully booked!
:p
Hi Guys,  Skin and Bone here (aka Keith).  I have just managed to get "validated" throiugh the CoolRunning system and can join in.

It was great to read all about you going to Morroco for end of March next year for the MdS.  I will be with you to.

The purpose of this message is just to let you know that some one else has been registered from Australia through Jay's system.  I live in Brisbane and welcome the opportunity to talk to you all via email and this message board and in person for any one in Brisvagus or any one running in the Gold Coast Marathon event on July 1.

I am also interested in hearing about flights and schedules as I have yet to start this process.

Cheers and looking forward to meeting you all.

Skin and Bone

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 05:24 AM

Excellent news!  Great to see more Aussies joining us to Morocco!  :p
Keith, get in touch with my buddy Josh in Brisbane - contact details on our website http://www.run4vision.com/contact.php
Josh is running the Gold Coast Marathon.
I don't have time and money to join you guys but will be up there later in the year for the Glasshouse Mountains 100 km in September!
Keep in touch - Happy running
Markus

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Hi Guys,  Skin and Bone here (aka Keith).  I have just managed to get "validated" throiugh the CoolRunning system and can join in.

It was great to read all about you going to Morroco for end of March next year for the MdS.  I will be with you to.

The purpose of this message is just to let you know that some one else has been registered from Australia through Jay's system.  I live in Brisbane and welcome the opportunity to talk to you all via email and this message board and in person for any one in Brisvagus or any one running in the Gold Coast Marathon event on July 1.

I am also interested in hearing about flights and schedules as I have yet to start this process.

Cheers and looking forward to meeting you all.

Skin and Bone


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Posted 13 June 2007 - 07:42 PM

Roll call:

Markus (run4vision)
Josh (via run4vision)
Becky (Becky O)
Andrew (AndrewC)
Stephen (Action)
Keith (Skin & Bone)

Nearly an Aussie tent full!

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 10:34 PM

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Roll call:

Markus (run4vision)
Josh (via run4vision)
Becky (Running Angel)
Andrew (AndrewC)
Stephen (Action)
Keith (Skin & Bone)

Nearly an Aussie tent full!

Running Angel is not heading over, just me. She will be my Sydney training support.

My boss told me today that he saw an article in the Manly Daily (?) on the weekend about two brothers that are doing it next year and they have been heading out to the dunes at Palmie so I definitely think we will get a full Aussie tent!  :p

When will everyone be starting their race specific training such as sand dunes and backpack?

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 05:49 AM

View PostBecky O, on Jun 13 2007, 10:34 PM, said:

Running Angel is not heading over, just me. She will be my Sydney training support.

My boss told me today that he saw an article in the Manly Daily (?) on the weekend about two brothers that are doing it next year and they have been heading out to the dunes at Palmie so I definitely think we will get a full Aussie tent!  :p

When will everyone be starting their race specific training such as sand dunes and backpack?
Sorry, late night typo! fixed.

I have started pack running, and will be doing chunks of TrailWalker with it as well.  Still thinking over gaiter options.

Mountain Designs are having a 25% off sales for members today to Sunday... will probably get a new light sleeping bag.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:28 AM

View PostBecky O, on Jun 13 2007, 10:34 PM, said:

Running Angel is not heading over, just me. She will be my Sydney training support.

My boss told me today that he saw an article in the Manly Daily (?) on the weekend about two brothers that are doing it next year and they have been heading out to the dunes at Palmie so I definitely think we will get a full Aussie tent!  :p

When will everyone be starting their race specific training such as sand dunes and backpack?

You guys are keen - sand dunes and backpack.....just watched the 21st MdS DVD and I believe me there will be enough time to run with a backpack in the sand next March....just kidding.... some of those guys' back looked pretty bad so......I am planning a training camp weekend later this year north of Newcastle (Stockton Sand Dunes) since going to the USA is a bit to hard on the budget....let me know if  keen to join in - happy to organise for all.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:40 AM

G'day

I've only discovered this site last week. I've also registed with Jay Batchen. Have been running with an 8kg weight vest for past 4 months up to about 25K. It changes your stride length & running gait. I started getting blisters as the pressure points on my feet were in different places than am used to, but feet have toughened up now. Will be upgrading to a back pack soon as the stiching has come undone on the weight pockets through overuse & I lost a 0.5kg weight on a trail somewhere!

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:04 PM

Roll call update:

Markus (run4vision)
Josh (via run4vision)
Becky (Becky O)
Andrew (AndrewC)
Stephen (Action)
Keith (Skin & Bone)
?? (Grazer)

... with the 2 Manly dudes that is a Aussie tent full!

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:52 PM

And there's at least another 3 that I know....

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:57 PM

Hi all.

I'm in for 2008 as well!   :p  Is there room for one more in that Aussie tent??

The name's Paul and I'm Sydney based. I have a website up and running at www.geocities.com/sandrunningdood (link below) and have been lucky enough to stumble onto this thread.

Looking forward to swapping ideas and catching up for runs with those who would like to. My contact details are on the website.

I love run4visions idea of a training weekend up north later in the year. Count me in!!!

Visit My Website

Cheers,
Paul

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:17 PM

I'm also in for 2008, so add me to the list.  

I've done this before in 2002 see here.

Great to see so many Aussies having a go.

Regards
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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:48 PM

Now that John has gone public I need to revise my post above - I know at least 2 more Australians have registered... This year's record of 9 Australian participants looks certain to fall next March.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 08:12 PM

gee, it is getting positively crowded!  

Who is doing TW in Sydney this year?  


Roll call update:

Markus (run4vision)
Josh (via run4vision)
Becky (Becky O)
Andrew (AndrewC)
Stephen (Action)
Keith (Skin & Bone)
Graeme (Grazer)
Paul (Poldive)
John (John Lindsay)

+ 4?

Total so far: 13  :p

Two tents, here we come - amost our own charter flight  :p

Anyway, ignore this thread for a few days - the Western States 100 miler is on here!!!

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 11:13 PM

Graeme (Grazer)!

From The Sunset Coast, west of the Nullarbor.

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 07:26 PM

View PostAction, on Jun 3 2007, 04:59 PM, said:

Qantas / BA - I had a heap of frequent flyer points that get me to Marrakesh and back, and so a little bus ride from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate does the trick nicely.
Hi Action,

I have a bunch of frequent flier points to get rid of.  Can you let me know whihc flieghts you are booked on - may be I can join you.

Cheers,

Skin and Bone. :p

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 09:16 PM

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Hi Action,

I have a bunch of frequent flier points to get rid of.  Can you let me know whihc flieghts you are booked on - may be I can join you.

Cheers,

Skin and Bone. :p
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Planning a bus ride from Marrakesh to Ourazazate & back, with some time in Marrakesh for sightseeing and acclimatisation.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:13 PM

Anyone knows where I could find a shop in Sydney selling Salomon or Raidlight backpacks? The usual shops downtown don't sell the above brands. Cheers

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:57 AM

View Postrun4vision, on Jul 1 2007, 09:13 PM, said:

Anyone knows where I could find a shop in Sydney selling Salomon or Raidlight backpacks? The usual shops downtown don't sell the above brands. Cheers

Run4vision,

I am in Paris until Wednesday evening. And I will be back in Sydney next Tuesday. If you tell me exactly the model of bag you want, I can purchase it for you and bring it back to Sydney for you (at no extra cost than the Retail price of course). If interested, I am going into the stores that stock them to buy myself some stuff, so I can give you some pricing tomorrow.

You can PM me.

EDIT: I know that Raidlight is not distributed in Australia. Except if you shop online
And there is a store on Spring st in Bondi Junction that stocks some Salomon stuff.

Edited by Will, 03 July 2007 - 02:00 AM.


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Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:30 AM

I used the Sac Ahansel in 2006..

Here is a link to the UK site.  Or the French site..

http://www.buncup.co..._list.jsp?id=12,

Also get a hose that fits the 8mm and 9mm 1.5L bottles. They are made in israel and are available from Snowgum in Melb for about $20..  What other tips?

take a scalpel blade not a knife.
Don't bother with a light, get a hair band and put it around one of those single LED micro lights then sleep with it on so that you can go out in the night for a crap
Don't pack food for the last day, plan to eat it all by the second last day
Unpack all your food from the original packaging aand repack into ziplocs

Use injinji socks.  Walk around for months in bare feet.  Oh bugger it.  Here's the whole list..

MDS LIST

MANDATORY GEAR
x Backpack
x Sleeping bag
x Torch
x spare battery
x 10 Safety pins
x Compass
x Lighter
x Scalpel
x Topical Disinfectant (5 alcohol pads)
x Anti-venom pump
x Whistle
x Signaling mirror
x Survival Sheet ripped in half

CLOTHING - WEAR
x Running top
x Running shorts
x Socks - Injini
x Cap w/ flap
x Montrail shoes
x Orthotics
x Gaiters Home made
x Watch
x Sunglasses

CLOTHING - CARRY
x 1 Long top (didn't take)
x Buff for sand storms
x Wind Jacket
x Long Tights (Didn't take)
x Thongs
x Socks  x 2
x Gloves
x Aussie Boxer shorts (threw away on day 2)

GENERAL
x Zip-lock bags
x Spoon (qantas spoon is best)
Money 1000 MAD & EUR100
x Writing pad 10 sheets & pencil
x Rubber bands
x MP3 Player (didn't take)
x spare battery for MP3
x 2 x 750ml bottles (Didn't take just used hose and the 1.5l bottles
x 1 x 600ml bottle
x Sewing kit (very important)
x Book to read (threw away on day 2)
x Passport (leave in bag at biv 1)
x air tickets, itinerary, etc ditto
x Credit card
x Sleeping bag liner (joke, forget it)
x KwikGrip (important for gaiter repair)
Spare shoe lace

MEDICAL
x Salt Tabs
x Anti Constipation
x Anti Diarrhea
x Anti Inflams
x Paracetamol
x antacid
x Ibuprofen
x Vitamins
x Caffiene
x Temazepam
x Sudafed
x Fishermans friends

TOILETRIES
x Body Glide (slice in ziploc)
x Chewing Gum
x Wet-wipes anti bact
x Q tips
x lip balm
x Sunblock
x Eye drops
x Razor
x Ear plugs
x Tissues

FEET
x Replicare
x Micropore
x Bandaids
x Compeed / Blistergard
x Lancets
x Strapping tape

TAKE FOR PRE RACE
Calorie list
General list of things
Medical reports
How to email etc
Extra food, then ditch
Extra clothes then ditch

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:40 AM

Merci, cher ami. :p
I don't even know which one I like to go for and was hoping to try the different bags on first. Will check out the Spring Street shop at BJ for Salomon bag, thanks for that.
Looks like it will be on-line shopping at the end anyway.  :p  Enjoy your stay in Paris and happy running
Markus

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Run4vision,

I am in Paris until Wednesday evening. And I will be back in Sydney next Tuesday. If you tell me exactly the model of bag you want, I can purchase it for you and bring it back to Sydney for you (at no extra cost than the Retail price of course). If interested, I am going into the stores that stock them to buy myself some stuff, so I can give you some pricing tomorrow.

You can PM me.

EDIT: I know that Raidlight is not distributed in Australia. Except if you shop online
And there is a store on Spring st in Bondi Junction that stocks some Salomon stuff.


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Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:54 AM

Thanks for all the info, great!  :p I had a look at the Sac Ahnsal - didn't it feel to wide on your back when running? Re food - if repacked in zipbags how can they check the necessary calories (14000) at race start? Thank again for the whole list and tips.
Happy running
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View PostVirtual, on Jul 3 2007, 03:30 AM, said:

I used the Sac Ahansel in 2006..

Here is a link to the UK site.  Or the French site..

http://www.buncup.co..._list.jsp?id=12,

Also get a hose that fits the 8mm and 9mm 1.5L bottles. They are made in israel and are available from Snowgum in Melb for about $20..  What other tips?

take a scalpel blade not a knife.
Don't bother with a light, get a hair band and put it around one of those single LED micro lights then sleep with it on so that you can go out in the night for a crap
Don't pack food for the last day, plan to eat it all by the second last day
Unpack all your food from the original packaging aand repack into ziplocs

Use injinji socks.  Walk around for months in bare feet.  Oh bugger it.  Here's the whole list..

MDS LIST

MANDATORY GEAR
x Backpack
x Sleeping bag
x Torch
x spare battery
x 10 Safety pins
x Compass
x Lighter
x Scalpel
x Topical Disinfectant (5 alcohol pads)
x Anti-venom pump
x Whistle
x Signaling mirror
x Survival Sheet ripped in half

CLOTHING - WEAR
x Running top
x Running shorts
x Socks - Injini
x Cap w/ flap
x Montrail shoes
x Orthotics
x Gaiters Home made
x Watch
x Sunglasses

CLOTHING - CARRY
x 1 Long top (didn't take)
x Buff for sand storms
x Wind Jacket
x Long Tights (Didn't take)
x Thongs
x Socks  x 2
x Gloves
x Aussie Boxer shorts (threw away on day 2)

GENERAL
x Zip-lock bags
x Spoon (qantas spoon is best)
Money 1000 MAD & EUR100
x Writing pad 10 sheets & pencil
x Rubber bands
x MP3 Player (didn't take)
x spare battery for MP3
x 2 x 750ml bottles (Didn't take just used hose and the 1.5l bottles
x 1 x 600ml bottle
x Sewing kit (very important)
x Book to read (threw away on day 2)
x Passport (leave in bag at biv 1)
x air tickets, itinerary, etc ditto
x Credit card
x Sleeping bag liner (joke, forget it)
x KwikGrip (important for gaiter repair)
Spare shoe lace

MEDICAL
x Salt Tabs
x Anti Constipation
x Anti Diarrhea
x Anti Inflams
x Paracetamol
x antacid
x Ibuprofen
x Vitamins
x Caffiene
x Temazepam
x Sudafed
x Fishermans friends

TOILETRIES
x Body Glide (slice in ziploc)
x Chewing Gum
x Wet-wipes anti bact
x Q tips
x lip balm
x Sunblock
x Eye drops
x Razor
x Ear plugs
x Tissues

FEET
x Replicare
x Micropore
x Bandaids
x Compeed / Blistergard
x Lancets
x Strapping tape

TAKE FOR PRE RACE
Calorie list
General list of things
Medical reports
How to email etc
Extra food, then ditch
Extra clothes then ditch


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Posted 03 July 2007 - 11:51 AM

I got one of these... New Balance MdS

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 12:48 PM

View PostVirtual, on Jul 3 2007, 03:30 AM, said:

x Buff for sand storms
x Sudafed
x Body Glide (slice in ziploc)
x Wet-wipes anti bact
x Replicare
x Micropore
x Bandaids
x Compeed / Blistergard
x Lancets
x Strapping tape

The Buff - gee it saved me at Western States - I shudder to think how I would've breathed at all without one.  Nice to see the performance enhancer listed :p For those who don't want to slice Body Glide, sportshield is available as wipes in a foil packet (can be reused) on http://www.seemerun.com.au . Anti-bac wipes, and some awesome anti-bac lotion, were saviours after WS, for treating the feet.  Gotta be jealous of you types who can use tape etc on your feet (or anywhere) - half that list causes more skin removal than blisters!

I am so excited for everyone who is going!

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:04 PM

View Postrun4vision, on Jul 2 2007, 05:40 AM, said:

Merci, cher ami. :p
I don't even know which one I like to go for and was hoping to try the different bags on first. Will check out the Spring Street shop at BJ for Salomon bag, thanks for that.
Looks like it will be on-line shopping at the end anyway.  :p  Enjoy your stay in Paris and happy running
Markus

No worries!

The raidlight MDS bag is currently on promotion at 69 instead of 119 (while stock last). check here:
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 02:55 PM

Before you trade your headlamp for a fairy light,  consider this:  next year the long stage will run into a completely moonless night, so it's going to get dark...  

I may not eat as many carrots as perhaps I should, but even if I did, I doubt I'd have wanted to be out there this year (with a full moon, as it was also in 2006) without a pretty good torch, as the terrain was full of treachery and deceit and things that make you go 'oh bugger!' 'ouch' and 'what the heck was that?'.  

Everyone has a lightstick on their pack and occasional course markers are also illuminated - but you shouldn't count on always being within eyeshot of anything or of being able to guess what lies between you and the light on the hill.  If you're happy hiking in the dark, or you're a cat, then go light; otherwise just light up.  There's only about 50gms in it.

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 04:33 PM

Flights booked!    :p  Emirates via Dubai & Casablanca! No cold & wet stop-over in London.  :p
Will spend a few days in Marrakech and then take the bus to Ouazazarte.

Anyway - just bought a couple of pairs of new Asics and was wondering if anyone knows someone collecting 'old' running shoes in Australia?
Last time I did the Comrades I took my old shoes all to South Africa and when living in Vietnam I donated my old shoes to the guys who almost beat me barefoot in a local race! The locals loved  great looking shoes even so I have done 800km in them? I heard that Jay is collecting prior the MdS  in the USA but I am not particulary keen to carry a full bag of old shoes to Morroco if I can avoid it. Cheers and happy running

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 08:58 PM

View Postrun4vision, on Jul 7 2007, 04:33 PM, said:

Flights booked!    :p  Emirates via Dubai & Casablanca! No cold & wet stop-over in London.  :p
Will spend a few days in Marrakech and then take the bus to Ouazazarte.

Anyway - just bought a couple of pairs of new Asics and was wondering if anyone knows someone collecting 'old' running shoes in Australia?
Last time I did the Comrades I took my old shoes all to South Africa and when living in Vietnam I donated my old shoes to the guys who almost beat me barefoot in a local race! The locals loved  great looking shoes even so I have done 800km in them? I heard that Jay is collecting prior the MdS  in the USA but I am not particulary keen to carry a full bag of old shoes to Morroco if I can avoid it. Cheers and happy running
Both of you? Regardless, see you in Marrakesh and then we can bus it to Ouarzazate (don't you love typing in those names?) :D

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 06:41 PM

Just paid the first part of the MdS fee and since the US$ is soooo cheap I have some extra cash to spend  ;) . Anyone tested or ran with the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS yet? Or are there any other, better option? Cheers

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:19 PM

View Postrun4vision, on Jul 25 2007, 06:41 PM, said:

Just paid the first part of the MdS fee and since the US$ is soooo cheap I have some extra cash to spend  ;) . Anyone tested or ran with the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS yet? Or are there any other, better option? Cheers
Yep, paid up.  Ended up snail mailing to maximise exchange rate and minimise charges.

I am a long time Garmin 305 user (addict  ;) ) and don't know of anything else even close.  However, unless you are into heart rates, the 205 is exactly the same as the 305 minus the HR (but it is slower because it is blue whereas the 305 is red  ;) ).  

Major consideration - battery life is the issue.  I have regularly got 10 hours out of the 305, and would expect better from a 205 due to no HR, but there is a distinct lack of power points in the Sahara to recharge.  I have estimated at least 30 hours running time needed so have been experimenting with solar rechargers and external battery packs.  

I think I have it sorted, including for the long day where I will have to recharge on the run.  So, a little more testing and then happy to pass on the process.  I plan to use the 305 for Trailwalker in a few weeks, so that will be 18 hours or so straight - a good test.

35 weeks 4 days to go...

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 09:55 AM

Time sort of got away from me and I missed the opportunity to snail mail mine. Wasnt expecting such a high fee to pay by credit card. Oh well, its paid now, I think I might have enough frequent flyer points to fly there after paying all these fees and paying for equipment ;)

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 02:07 PM

View PostBecky O, on Jul 27 2007, 09:55 AM, said:

Stop it, you're making it sound scary  ;)

It gets worse... I have this little countdown in the bottom right of my screen... ticking away.... ;)

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 06:10 AM

View PostAction, on Jul 28 2007, 02:07 PM, said:

It gets worse... I have this little countdown in the bottom right of my screen... ticking away.... :LOL:

Action - at least with you keeping track we won't miss the planes next March...  B)
I am looking at GPS etc so please let me know how you go with the Garmin305 during the Trailwalk end of the month.
What about the 101 which uses normal batteries for the MdS? Would the 101 give enough info to do a GNW, Glasshouse or MdS? Do both actually have altitude info as well? I read somewhere your comments that altitude info could be helpful for a Glasshouse or the GNW.
Thanks for your tips - keep up the good training...
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 08:13 PM

Hi Run4vision,

On the advice of Virtual who is well experienced in GPS, I bought the Garmin Forerunner 101 because it is the only one which allows you to change batteries.  I've had it now for a couple of months and am very happy with it.  I've found the distance pretty accurate (not perfect as you find out on an out and back course).  The altitude is very accurate (measured 1033m on Mt St Leonards which is the exact measurement on the plaque on the mountain).  It drops out of GPS contact quite a bit in thick bush, but I knew that before I bought it. I use Lithium AAA batteries for long life - gets around 20 hours.  Haven't decided yet if I'll take it to MDS.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 06:01 AM

View PostJohn Lindsay, on Aug 3 2007, 08:13 PM, said:

Hi Run4vision,

On the advice of Virtual who is well experienced in GPS, I bought the Garmin Forerunner 101 because it is the only one which allows you to change batteries.  I've had it now for a couple of months and am very happy with it.  I've found the distance pretty accurate (not perfect as you find out on an out and back course).  The altitude is very accurate (measured 1033m on Mt St Leonards which is the exact measurement on the plaque on the mountain).  It drops out of GPS contact quite a bit in thick bush, but I knew that before I bought it. I use Lithium AAA batteries for long life - gets around 20 hours.  Haven't decided yet if I'll take it to MDS.

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Thanks John,
Makes all sense to me so I guess I have to overcome my addiction to little new toys and gadgets first  :LOL:  
I found this nifty little toy on http://www.solio.com/v2/ which is charging i-Nano and Garmin 305.....hmmm,  :LOL:   decisions, decisions.... B)
Thanks for the tips - cheers
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:38 PM

View Postrun4vision, on Aug 7 2007, 06:01 AM, said:

Thanks John,
Makes all sense to me so I guess I have to overcome my addiction to little new toys and gadgets first  :LOL:  
I found this nifty little toy on http://www.solio.com/v2/ which is charging i-Nano and Garmin 305.....hmmm,  :LOL:   decisions, decisions.... B)
Thanks for the tips - cheers
Markus
Upside of the 101 is the batteries, but downside is the GPS quality when compared to the 305.  Upside is that out in the Sahara there are not a lot of obstacles to block the GPS single, but the downside is that when compared to the 305, any runs with trees or buildings will affect the 101 far more than than the 305.  

I have had both, and would not go back to a 101 for any reason.  I will run Trailwalker with my 305 and a variation on the Solio - solar recharger on a small battery pack.  I am quite conifident of keeping the 305 ticking over for the duration of MdS using a combination of soalr recharger and spare battery pack.  

The Solio does seem to have a pretty decent sized battery in it, so it may be better than the combination I have... will ahve to try them both out!  Any excuse for another gadget....

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 03:16 PM

The Solio's a pretty slick looking gadget.  How much do they weigh?  Do you expect to attach this to the back of your pack when you are running?
John