New Adventure: Rogue Runs Mini-Mountain Marathon 2015

cover4What is this Adventure and why am I going?

The Rogue Runs Mini-Mountain Marathon in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK is a two day mini marathon event.  I’m going mainly as training for the OMM (see earlier post).  This seems like a nice and relaxed opportunity to understand how mountain marathons work and if my gear/camping equipment will work out once I get to the OMM.  They use the same electronic gating system and honing my navigation is my goal.

We’re only doing the one day short course to ease into the scene, with an overnight camp to try out the tents, etc.

Who am I going with?

I’m going with long-time family friends Thursten and Thursten’s brother-in-law Pete.  Chris might also come, although he’s nursing a busted knee at the moment.

What’s the story so far?

So far I’ve done the prep work for the OMM, which will feed into this trial run.  Check out the OMM articles for more info.

General Event Info…

https://sites.google.com/site/roguerunsevents/home/our-events/mini-mountain-marathon

Dates: 19-20 September 2015

New Adventure: The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) 2015

The OMMWhat is this Adventure and why am I going?

The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) is an endurance race where teams of two navigate a series of checkpoints across the wilderness.  Participants need to run with all the stuff to sustain their team for two days in the mountains, including food, cooking and camping gear. This year the OMM will be held at Tweedsmuir Hills in Scotland.

I’m doing the OMM this year because I sort of fell into it… long-time family friends Chris and Thursten had already committed to go as a team and they talked me into it at the pub.  I did some research and decided “what the heck, let’s do it.”  Once Pete agreed to be my teammate, then I was in.

Sounds pretty crazy huh?!  Well I guess I’ll find out! (Especially since I’ve never done this type of thing before since I was a Boy Scout).  I have to say I’m not much of a runner, but the combination of navigation and self-reliance really appeals to me.  My goal is simply to finish and use this as a springboard to go on other adventures.

Who am I going with?

I’m going with long-time family friends Chris, Thursten and Thursten’s brother-in-law Pete.  Pete is my partner for the OMM.

What’s the story so far?

So far I’ve done quite a bit of research on gear, buying of said gear, initial packing, some training and plotting with the others.  The event itself is only about a month-and-a-half away, so there’s still plenty to do.  I’ll be adding new posts about my preparation and research in the coming days.

General Event Info…

https://www.theomm.com/events/the-omm-2015

Dates: 24-25 October 2015

New Adventure: Munich Oktoberfest 2015

Foto: Lukas Barth/dapd

Foto: Lukas Barth/dapd

What is this Adventure and why am I going?

It’s Oktoberfest, the harvest season festival that takes place various places around the world, however, the most famous one is in Munich, Germany.

Although there is plenty of history and tradition I’m sure I’ll learn, I’m pretty much going to embrace my German heritage by drinking beer, eating pretzels and generally taking in the sights.

Who am I going with?

I’m going to go with my brother, Scott.  It’s always been on our bucket list and we’ve talked about going for years now.  This year we finally have the time and money to go.

What’s the story so far?

So far I’ve done very little research.  We’ve booked our hotel and flights, so we have firm dates and a place to stay.  I did some research about the beer tents.  My buddy, Ben, who has gone before, gave me the heads up about how it all works.  From what I can tell, if you don’t have a large party, then you don’t need to book.  Just rock up to the beer tents (there are many different famous ones to visit) and find yourself a table.  I will need to look more into this and keep you posted…

General Event Info…

http://www.oktoberfest.de/
Dates 2015: September 19th – October 4th