In June 2016 Rose set off on the Pennine Way. A 270 mile route up the spine in the northern part of the UK through two National Parks which finishes the other side of Hadrians Wall.
On this trip she decided to take Pip her 3 year old Springer Spaniel who is up for a walk anytime of day and anywhere. The more muddy the better.
However this time the dog was carrying a pack along with Rose and they set off from Edale on an overcast and dreary day. This podcast is all about all the long term preparation, planning which goes into a walk like this and unforeseen circumstances which can suddenly happen and change everything in the blink of an eye.
It all started at Christmas when I said I was going on the TGO Challenge and, as usual, we couldn’t go together so Rose decided to find a walk she could do with her new walking partner ‘Pip’.
Pip is an enthusiastic 3 year old Spaniel who is up for anything muddy, dirty and wet.
A proper outdoor dog in other words, so she knew she wouldn’t have to drag her out of the tent each day.
So the planning began, initially maps and books. Then talking to customers at backpackinglight.co.uk who had done it and shared their experience and gave good advice.
In the end the pack weighed over 13kg, which is 4 kg above Rose’s comfort limit and Pips was near 3kg. Although she should be able to carry 4kg, it felt too heavy for her also, however the plans were set, and basically it was a case of making the best of what they could and setting off.
The day was mixed, the views you can see here. Jacob’s Ladder was about the only decent part of the day. But the first day is the longest and because of that, it is also the hardest too as everyone is still getting used to the weight and the working in sync with each other.
As you’ll hear the first day ended in a simple accident, which sadly became a big issue and the following day Rose found sores on Pip which also required healing.
So within 24 hours, after months of planning and preparation, it was all over!