Firstly I’d like to say Hi to all you followers of Cookies blog as I will be Cookies partner in crime and you will be seeing and hearing a lot from me over the next 6 months. For those of you that do know me this picture is a bit freaky as its the first time in over 2 years that I’ve shaved off my beard. It will also be the last time I shave until I return to the UK and I’m looking forward to seeing how Grizzly Adam’s I can get without my girlfriend Claire complaining ;-)
My starting weight of 168lbs or 12 stone is the heaviest I have ever been and is the result of 6 weeks of stuffing my face with anything I can get my hands on and cutting back on all exercise. From experience this extra weight I have gained will not last very long and I am hoping that I finish the walk loosing only 1 stone.
Our rucksacks have 6 days of food in them and our water is full. At 34lbs or 15.4kgs it is heavier than we had both hoped as our base pack weight has been dramatically reduced after investing in new ultra lightweight gear. I’m sure as we go we will ditch anything that does not get used and some of the small luxuries we are carrying will get binned to save weight.