This is going to be one of the biggest time consumers of the whole trip, if not the biggest time consumer of the trip. I have to get myself to the start, get myself back from the end, setup a schedule for the route so people can have an idea of where I’ll be, when I’ll get there and what sort of distances I’ll be covering. Then there’s finding addresses along the length of Europe so I can post equipment along the route and collect as needed.
In essence I’m trying to predict or put in place lots of systems and events that ultimately lead to specific points in space and time, and doing all this while become an meteorologist and trying to predict and plan to changing weather conditions.
The time of the trip is done to partly coincide with the first time I managed to run for more than a minute, almost exactly 4 years ago. It also gives me a time where flying to Norway is slightly cheaper. But there is one issue…
At some point I will have to be up high and have to deal with potentially impassable conditions, whether that is in the Swiss Alps, Apennines or the higher sections of Norway.
I’ve chosen the what I think is the lesser of the evils. Starting in Summer in Norway. The idea of running in sub-zero conditions, snow and with little to no sunlight wasn’t something I wanted to even experiment with, so I’ll now have to contend with whatever conditions the Swiss Alps throw at me at around 2000m.
This bit is important. The logitstics of something this long are going to be intimately linked with the weather. There is absolutely no getting away from the fact that as I run down Norway, I will be losing between 30-15 minutes of sunlight, as I reach the latter parts of Sweden and then Denmark, I will be running through mild but wet conditions as Autumn begins to take hold and then there’s the Swiss Alps…
The E1 runs along a pass through the alps that at it’s highest will be in that border line section where I could have no snow, some snow or enough snow to make the whole rejoin liable to avalanche!
Some conditions, are passable with a control of the risks. Others will stop me dead. This is where I’m going to have to find some form of employment and wait for the ideal conditions (or more to the point, passable conditions).
The change in seasons on something this long are also going to play a big part in what is needed, which is going to be the most fun part of the ‘Dark Side of Adventure Planning’. Get it wrong to not have the equipment where and when you need it is likely to be a barrier to the constant forward progress, but I’m going to enjoy working closely with Alpkit to get this side absolutely nailed down.
So what is the point of all this?
Simply put, you will always have a few things to workout:
- A general schedule of places you are going to pass through and possibly dates or even times you will pass through them.
- Knowledge of whether certain sections are passable (i.e the need for ferries, knowledge of tide times, average weather conditions etc).
- Drop locations that will reduce the need to cary equipment and food for later stages.
- Location of food and water (water is less of an issue with the use of water filters).
What else do people consider when dealing with the logistics of adventure planning?