Monday, 31 March 2014


Martina moves out of her Glasgow flat

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Hayduke planning....

Pouring over lots if maps, guides and web based blogs etc to plan out our 850 mile route through the desert and canyons of Arizona and southern Utah

Hayduke training....

We were out yesterday on our local coast from Rosiemarkie to Cromarty on a 21 mile walk. This is a very sheltered area and tends to receive better weather than the mainland to the west. Lots to see including sea birds, geology of the great glen fault, fossils and footprints from the elusive otters around here. The terrain is varied too from sand, rock hopping, some cross-country, singletrack, single lane road and jeep track. We can't train for the temperatures of the Hayduke though, we had a cool 3-6 C yesterday, we are expecting temps up to 35 C out in the Grand Canyon!

Here's a quote from Edward Abbey, the Hayduke Trail is named after a character from his fictional book 'the Monkey Wrench Gang' - well worth a read!

"In the first place you can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the
goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you'll see something, maybe." -Edward Abbey

Friday, 7 March 2014

We are off again! This time we are attempting a more remote and less "official" route called the Hayduke Trail after a fictional eco-terrorist in Edward Abbey's "The Monkey Wrench Gang". The trail links Arches, Canoyonlands, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks and very roughly follows the Colorado River. There are a lot of variants to choose from, not a lot of water and what we understand to be very challenging hiking conditions. Our tickets are booked, we leave Scotland on the 6th of April.