On 26th June 2010 the Gregory Miwok 18 rucksack surreptitiously applied itself to its host, Mark Barrow. It decided to stick with him for legs 4 and 5 on the “Bob Graham Challenge” while he worked as the Sherpa for Mick Pearcy (the man in yellow) who completed the challenge in 21 hours 59 minutes.
The Gregory was there for a distance of approximately 22 miles, 10,000 feet of ascent, lots of heat for the UK, good company and beautiful, beautiful views. The “Bob Graham” is a run over 42 peaks in the English Lake District, which covers between 66 and 72 miles, over 29,000 feet of climbing and has to be completed in under 24 hours. The “Sherpa” is the person that carries the challengers vittles. They have to feed and water the challenger constantly to ensure they have the best chance of completing the run. The “Sherpa” is commonly known as “The Mug”. The Gregory started the challenge carrying over 5 litres of liquids, several bananas, jelly babies, numerous gels, several energy bars, stupidly, a waterproof (but you never can tell in the Lakes!), First Aid Kit, compass and whistle and food for Challenger.
The bag hosted itself to Mark so effectively that he didn’t notice it was there for the duration of the run, the waist straps and pouches are excellent for the removal of gels, the Bladder inserted into the bag was comfortable throughout and the pouches on the rear are excellent for others to remove water bottles/banana’s from, whilst still on the move. Also none of the supplies bounced out of the pouches on the rapid descents down scree or rocks. The chest straps keep the bag tight to the body. As you successfully feed the challenger, the bag gets lighter so pulling the compression straps keep everything nice and snug.
Overall from the host-no complaints-as I said earlier, he didn’t know it was there!