What is your greatest achievement(s)?
Mine was walking 32km last Sunday with a group of friends.
I did a pilgrimage walking from Portugal to Spain, about 190km in 6 days. One day ended up walking 46km. A very cheap holiday that one, would do it all again.
You've piqued my curiosity with this… Did you plan it yourself, or do it in a group?
Largely self-planned and walked solo. That's not to say there aren't forums etc online to assist in planning, and you'll inevitably bump into/fall in with other people along the way. Look up Camino de Santiago for the most common pilgrimage (though there are even more obscure routes all around Europe) - the most common starting point for the pilgrimage is France, but there are many routes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago_(route_descriptions)
And don't let the religious element of a pilgrimage throw you - you can largely engage with that however much (or little) you wish. That said, the network of cheap hostels are based on christian traditions of providing shelter and food for pilgrims. I took it more as a stroll along ancient routes (part of my walk was on 2000 year old roman roads) and through towns and terrain you just wouldn't see otherwise. It's an incredible step out of your daily working routine - waking to walk, stopping to eat and drink and falling asleep exhausted.
Wow! Sounds brilliant. Thanks for the information, much appreciated.
That actually sounds really good, I've not been one to be interested in travel but this caught my interest. Will have to read up.
Any chance you can share pictures?
@chootar-singh: Not tech-savvy enough to dig up and then upload my pics, so I did a google image search that might be useful for you. Scroll thru a few pages beyond the maps and you should find some pics of people and scenery
@carwashhair: Thanks mate.
@carwashhair: Looks kind of like a bushwalking trail/trek type thing. Looks really interesting.
There is a movie about the walk called 'The Way' very inspiring
drove that with a car and have not died from boredom…
Actually Santiago de Compostela was perfect in December only one smelly pilgrim, less smoke in the cathedral.
On the way back visited the city of Condom in France!
2nd place in grade 7 freestyle heat 2 at the swimming carnival
Pics of your ribbon or it didn't happen.
It was a heat… Probably no ribbon.
I remember when I came 2nd in 100m heat. That day I did every single track event. By the time it came to finals in the afternoon my legs were so stiff I couldn't sprint lol.
I miss athletics. :-(
I got 2nd place in I think grade 4 but there were only 2 people in the race. I probably still have the ribbon somewhere.
Walked up to Muller Hut with 20 kgs bag on my back because … over prepared.
I went to Mt Bogong via staircase spur carrying 25kg because I was a cheapskate. I have since bought light weight gear
I climbed Bogong once, it was surprisingly tough to climb.
from the base, via staircase spur, you climb and elevation of 1800m in about 7km.
every step taken takes you up.
the optimum load to be carrying is, at most, 20kg. best 15kg
At one point I had to take 10 steps and stop for 5 sec.
@BuyoTheCat: or you could just take a water bottle like I did. No need for a load.
I need to carry a fridge with cold drinks to sell on bogong summit. It is good profit.
And I was also camping at around the cleve cole hut. and descend via eskadale spur
It was a 3 day trip. a waterbottle wont cut it.
@BuyoTheCat: Oh I just went up and down it in a day. Don't feel inadequate, I was 12 at the time. I've heard that walking is much harder when you're an adult.
played for Richmond on the MCG
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How long ago?
about 35 years ago
Ah then you did have some success.
Several marathon mountain bike races, up to 114km. Mostly improving in times.
This year: Park Run 5km runs approaching 25min at age over 40 after never being much of a runner. Started out not being able to run the full 5km this year.
I once saw a bargain and did not buy it.
I call bullsh!t.. No way!!!!
I made an account for the sole reason of giving this a +1, been lurking for over a year!
In the top 10 commenters last month.
Let's make it happen again
I'll do my best! Top 5?!
love your name Kimble, my SO and I are watching Designated Survivor on Netflix and the Speaker of the House is called Kimble. Shes says its a silly name and every part of my being stops me from doing my favourite John Kimble quotes.
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I am not allowed to insult you on this forum but if I was I would call you a moron
Me? But why?
@ms: Is it in the Freebies section?
@ms: I rest my case.
3 High passes and Everest Base Camp in 3 Weeks solo (no porter or guide) in Nepal. Hated myself for even attempting the 3 high passes, but did it in the end.
I was going to post the same haha! I had a guide but no porter. Also trekked in to Jiri rather than fly in. Amazing experience :)
Yeah I wasn't bothered with the walk to Jiri, it was suppose to add another 5-6 days apparently. Was too eager to start on the main trail. So I took the "i'm going to the die" flight to Lukla.
Hey buddy I'm hoping to trek Everest base camp next year. Just wondering if you got any advice, articles or blogs to share ?
Do Gokyo instead. Less busy and (arguably) nicer views.
There's plenty of info on trekking to EBC to suit whatever budget or style if you do a google search.
Something like this one I loosely followed, I kinda mostly winged it the whole way, its hard to get lost and you can make the best judgement on your fitness on where to stop and rest. There's always someone on the main trail so you are kind of safe if anything goes wrong. But if you go on the more difficult side tracks that's where you should be careful. I went YOLO - young and reckless sort of
But honestly I got most info when I arrived at Kathmandu and went into a travel agency to talk about trekking. Also got maps around town. There's hundreds of them. They will try and hook you into a package. I felt bad for getting free info so I booked my flights with the agency so at least they got some money out of me. I'm a budget traveller type so its not glamorous.
Great stuff mate thankyou. It sounds as though it's a manageable trip.
@Tasmaniac: If its any help with timing I did it towards the end of November, less crowds. From October to Mid November is the peak season and I heard there can be a race to each town to get accommodation, some booking ahead with a guide sometimes to get a bed. First come first serve basis.
So when I left late November, to my surprise I didn't have to book anything in advance with accommodation, just rocked up and secured a place to sleep, plenty of accommodation. It may be a bit colder but with less crowds to walk around on the trail (and there's huge groups sometimes) and more time to enjoy the scenery I think its worth it. Came back mid December to Kathmandu. There's still people doing it even during Xmas.
I also did the Annapurna circuit a week after during Xmas and it was bloody cold up towards high camp before the pass (snowed on us), but do-able. I liked this one more but both treks are great in their own way.
Woke up early this morning :)
Hey Baebs I'd just like to apologize for when I name called it's saturday.
I meant it as a joke, though I didn't see the other side of it.
Anyways I'm sorry :)
All you need is love! ba babababa
All you need is love! ba babababa
All you need is love…. love…..
Love is all you need.
Damn it… i think I have something in my eye. *sniff
Didn't throttle the kids today. Winning.
My kids are decent people with manners.
Homer is that you?
Thanks Ned Flanders
I am not freezing nor dead. So winner winner potato dinner (because chicken is too expensive)?
not in NSW and ACT =)
hatrick in cricket and soccer in the same weekend…. 5th grade cricket and commercial league soccer so not an athlete of any sort.
one of my goals was someone else hitting the post and me tapping it in, and the last guy i got out in cricket missed the ball by 5 cm's but i appealed and the umpire said yes…. im normally honest but had to let this one go.
2nd prize in the OzBargain meme contest.
1st prize in the OzBargain meme contest.
Came 4th in a junior social B-league niche non physical sport.
I have a photocopied participation certificate to prove. But my mom deleted it.
Completed a couple of insane activities in the Army during training. One in New Zealand is hard to describe but surviving was achievement enough particularly as people were getting frost-bight, hypothermia and losing fingers and toes etc. Being one of the few to make it all the way through was an achievement.
Other than that some epic bike rides 200 km ish on rainy/windy/stinking hot days.
Played Soccer for the Army against Navy and Air Force at the Inter-Service carnival. Week off work to play rep soccer always good!!!
Losing fingers and toes?!
Paid for my siblings' living costs and some of their uni fees straight after I finished uni by doing 3 jobs at a time (very.. very.. tight budget)
What? That's what hecs is for!!
Not everyone is eligible though.
yeah, not us
Your parents didnt think to give money for ur siblings education?
They did, I just wanted to help. It's not that if I didn't do it, they would be out of uni. It just became a habit once I started budgeting, to make sure I could cover some of it too :P And now it feels like a pretty good achievement :)
Well u'll be parent one day or already have. Its responsibility of parents to provide for their kids. If not then dont have kids in the first place. And dont make the elder child responsible for the younger.
@purplelady, i respect what you did alot. Well done! I'm sure your siblings look up to you alot.
@aromatase: Thanks! :) We get along very well, thank God! LOL
@westernculture: her parents did help, she was kind and helped aswell. there's no need for the judgement.
you are genuinely amazing
hope someone looks after you one day the way you look after your siblings
@jchowx: most parents in this country want to have kids so they can get centerlink money. Let alone care about their children education. What purplelady showing is easternculture style.
@icejester: Thanks icejester :) fingers crossed hahaha
that is not true, you've only met lower socioeconomic parents then which is probably reflective on the people you deal with
@icejester: welcome to my username.
Finished 1kg ice cream in 1 day and still wanted more.
1 day? So slow! :p
I once did that and spent most of my day in the toilet -.-
In America they call that dessert.
Are you sure it was 1kg because the 1L tubs are actually only around 600 grams in mass because there's a lot of air that goes into making it creamy. Premium ice creams such as Haagen-dasz and Ben and Jerry's are a bit denser.
Way too serious Mr Abbot.
On a serious note, lost 20 kgs in 3 days and still maintaining (had 6 pack but decided it's too hard to keep it haha).
How??? Did you lose a leg???
No I sold my liver lol..
haha just exercised daily and ate really 'clean', like soap, detergent, shampoo lol.
Meant to say months lolllll…
Yeah, that makes more sense. Haha. Great work!
lol ~ i was like 20kgs - three days! Write a book!
lost 20 kgs in 3 days
lost 20 kgs in 3 days
I was thinking that you would've had to have laid huge logs!
and still maintaining
and still maintaining
And not shoved it back in!
More serious though.. I must say that 20kg over 3 months is a pretty damn good effort!
When I caught the golden snitch in my mouth & the first ever game of Quidditch I played.
did you spit or swallow?
Swallowed… and it followed through.
But that snitch was never the same ; )