TGO Challenge 2012 Scotland 2.
TGO Challenge 2012 Scotland 2., a set on Flickr.
A vilag legfurabb idojarasaval, orkanok, ozonviz, havazas, hideg, meleg, napsutes, szelek… akar 5 percen belul is. De rajtunk nem fog ki! Haladunk utvonal terveinket folyamatosan az idojarashoz igazitva. Tegnap egy mennyei B&B- ben pihentuk ki az elso 140 km faradalmait es az elozo ejszaka satort nyomorito havazasat. Lubickolas egy kad forro vizben, whiskey, hatalmas pub vacsora… mik kellhet meg? Talan kicsit jobb ido a masodik szakaszra, amit most kezdunk Kingussie- bol at hegyen-volgyon. Persze most is csak a FWA tervet hasznalhatjuk, mint tavaly, mert a hegyek jarhatatlanok a nagy ho, szel miatt. Hajra magyar TGO team!
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TGO Challenge 2012 Scotland, a set on Flickr.
itt meg a londoni luxus orait elvezve
Csapataink harcban allnak…
A BBC jelenti…, hogy a skot Felfoldon az 5 fos magyar kommando eloretorese megakadt
De ne szaladjunk ennyire elore… TGO-s kulonitmenyunk csutortok kora reggel sikeresen becsekkolt a Ryanair londoni jaratara es szerencsesen landolt Stansted repteren 8:00- kor expedicios csomagjaik alapjan “bevandorlo cigany boxoloknak” (Snach – Bloff) alcazva. Csomagok a Viktoria palyaudvar megorzojebe, hoseink pedig nyakukba vettek a nagy vilagvarost. Buckingam palota ahonnan epp elokelo angol lordok jottek kifele csaladjukkal valszeg valami kiralyi fogadasrol (hulye kalapban mondja Miki), a St. James parkban elmajszoltuk maradek szendvicseinket amit aztan Guiness-ekkel oblitettunk le egy pub-ban. Piccadily Circus, utolso felszerelesi targyak (fleece pulcsi, eso nadrag, kesztyu – mindez Mikinek) + gaz cartridge es benzin az “atomreaktor” Primus fozonkhoz… Regent Str. egy high tech ultralight, odorfree japan polo+alsogatya a hires Uni Qlo cegtol… nekem, tenyleg fantasztikus viselet, mintha levegot viselne a Rambo kommandos (ez en lennek a tobbiek szerint). Irany a Soho egy kivalo pub vacsoraval, ahol a falrol megtanultuk: Sose kivand felebaratod feleseget es ne vizezd whiskey-jet
Meg egy kis kovalygas a Temze parton Big Ben harangszoval, majd csomagjaink visszavetele utan sokkolo 4,3 GBP-s tube jegyar mellett atzarandokoltunk a Euston palyaudvarra a Caledonian sleeper- unk indulasahoz. A sleeper fantasztikusan kenyelmes volt kis 2 szemelyes kabinjaival, mint egy mini szalloda kellemes ringatassal, reggel agyba hozott Starbucks kaveval. Gyorsan eltelt az ejszaka es 7:20-kor Glasgow-ban rovid seta utan egy masik palyaudvaron atszalltunk a nyugati partra tarto vonatunkra. Tobb allomast erintettunk, amit gyalogosan visszafele fogunk erinteni: Fort William, Corrour station…. Lochailort – az indulasi helyunk olyan pici hely, hogy a vonat ugyan megallt, de az ajtot nem lehetet kinyitni es a vonatvezeto csodalkozva kerdezte, hogy Onok itt leszallnak? … itt nem szoktak…
Sikeresen alairtuk a start listat a Lochailort Inn nevu kis hotelben, lobogo kandallo mellett megittuk teankat es nagy levegot véve kileptunk…. a szemerkelo esobe, ami par percen belul el is allt. Irany a kotelezo bakancsok tengerbe martasa aztan hadd kezdodjon a NAAAGY coast to coast Challenge. Du 3- kor indultunk a parttol es este terv szerint el kellett ernunk Glenfinnan varoskaig 16 km-re. Tekintettel a kesoi startra az orszaguton mentunk es nem a hegyeken keresztul, amihez egesz nap kellett volna. Igy is feszitett volt a tempo, igy tobbszor elegedetlenkedtek a tobbiek, hogy Ne rohanjunk mar annyira! Este 8 korul ertunk kiszemelt taborhelyunkhoz a hires Harry Potter fele viaduktol latotavolsagban egy patak partjan … sok midge-gel (spec. UK szunyog, ami lathatalanul kicsi, de a csipese hetekig viszket). Gyors vacsora fozes: fokhagymakrem leves, ” levander mutton” csoda angol kesz kaja rizzsel, aztan irany a satrak, nyugodt ejjel hajnalban kis esovel, de semmi gaz.
8-kor indultunk tovabb vegig orszaguton Fort William fele – gyorsitott menetben, mert ha nem erjuk el a du 16:35-os kompot, akkor a kovetkezo csak hetfon reggel… ekkor meg nem sejtettuk, hogy F. William igy is rabul fog ejteni minket. Szombaton csodas idonk volt, napsutes meleg, pazar panorama vegig a toparton a kornyezo hegyekkel.
1 oraval hamarabb ertunk a komphoz, ahol mar elkezdett esegetni es hulni az ido.
Folyt. kov. hamarosan…. most epp fish & chips-et eszunk Spean Briedge-ben… miutan egy napra az iteletido miatt Fort Williamben ragadtunk egy youth hostelben!
Maj. 10 – Zero day, azaz irany London
Ebreszto 4:00-kor es 5:00-kor check in a Ryanair londoni jaratara. Remeljuk a 8db (5 emberre) tomott csomagunkkal sikerul feljutnunk a gepre es londoni ido szerint 8:00-kor meg is erkezunk…. igen, az esos, huvos Angliaba. Program: csomagjaink elpasszolasa 8,5 GBP/db aron a palyaudvari csomagmegorzoben, hogy nyakunkba vehessuk a nagy vilagvarost. Mikinek esonadrag, gaz cartridge vasarlas utan johetnek a pubok, Tower, Oxford Street, Piccadily…. meg ki tudja meg mi. Este 11- re kell kimennunk a Euston palyaudvarra, ahol var a legendas Caledonian sleeper a kenyelmes halokocsijaival. Alvas elott biztos lesz kis csevely a tobbi Challenger tarssal a borfoteles, elegans etkezo kocsiban. Reggel 7-kor mar Glasgow-ban ebreszt majd gozolgo kaveval az utaskisero. De az meg kicsit odebb van, most szerda este 10 es 6 ora mulva ebreszto. Szep almokat mindenkinek, Challenger tarsaimnak meleg, napos skot tajakrol
Holnap meselunk londoni kalandjainkrol. See you soon…
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Mi is az a TGO Challenge? 300 km seta Skocian keresztul … ennek megfeleloen angolul
Welcome to our TGO Challenge 2012 blog ! Listen to our favorite new song from Norah Jones and learn about our Challenge on the Scottish Highland!
What the hell is TGO Challenge? Not a big deal: 290km, 80 hours walking through mountains within 12 days…
You can follow our Scottish Challenge on these pages. Enjoy!
On our last training in the Gerecse “mountain” – everybody is in her/ his best form! Only few days to go… Beware Scotland … we are coming
We, Agnes and Pal were in 2011 the first ever Hungarian participants on TGO Challenge in the past 31 years. As we promised last May we will go back again this year with Pal’s daughter & son – Orsolya & Janos – and with our good friend Miklos. We will hike in two groups (girls & boys) but together.
Someone smarter than I might ask the question… “why the hell would you go from the west coats to east coast, hiking 300 km through the mountains of the Scottish Highland – causing suffering and pain to yourself?
To which I would reply “because I’m training to do something much more stupid than that!”
This is our planned and approved route plan for 2012:
This is an interactive map. Use the upper left side controls or your mouse to scroll the map and to zoom in and out. You can reach max. 1:25000 scale, find places or get GPS coordinates too.
Some interesting facts about the Challenge and our world famous team Only Netherlands and USA give more overseas Challengers, we overtake Germany, France, Italy And we have the youngest participants too …
Agnes is ready to leave:
About our fears
How Not To Be Afraid Of Anything Ever Again
Written by Brian Tracy
Fortunately, all fears are learned; no one is born with fears. Fears can therefore be unlearned by practicing self-discipline repeatedly with regard to fear until it goes away. The most common fears that we experience, which often sabotage all hope for success, are the fears of failure, poverty, and loss of money. These fears cause people to avoid risk of any kind and to reject opportunity when it is presented to them. They are so afraid of failure that they are almost paralyzed when it comes to taking any chances at all. There are many other fears that interfere with our happiness as well. People fear the loss of love or the loss of their jobs and their financial security. People fear embarrassment or ridicule. People fear rejection and criticism of any kind. People fear the loss of respect or esteem of others. These and many other fears hold us back throughout life.
Fear Paralyzes Action
The most common reaction in a fear situation is the attitude of, “I can’t!” This is the fear of failure and loss that stops us from taking action. It is experienced physically, starting in the solar plexus. When people are really afraid, their mouth and throat go dry, their heart starts pounding. Sometimes they breathe shallowly and their stomach churns. Often they feel like getting up and running to the bathroom.
These are all physical manifestations of the inhibiting negative habit pattern, which we all experience from time to time. Whenever a person is in the grip of fear, he feels like a deer caught in the headlights of a car. This fear paralyzes action. It often shuts down the brain and causes the individual to revert to the “fight-or-flight” reaction. Fear is a terrible emotion that undermines our happiness and can hold us back throughout our lives.
Visualize Yourself as Unafraid
By visualizing yourself performing with confidence and competence in an area where you are fearful, your visual image will eventually be accepted by your subconscious mind as instructions for your performance. Yourself image, the way you see yourself and think about yourself, is eventually altered by feeding your mind these positive mental pictures of yourself performing at your best. By using the “act as if” method, you walk, talk, and carry yourself exactly as you would if you were completely unafraid in a particular situation. You stand up straight, smile, move quickly and confidently, and in every respect act as if you already had the courage that you desire.
The Law of Reversibility says that “if you feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with that feeling.” But if you act in a manner consistent with that feeling, even if you don’t feel it, the Law of Reversibility will create the feeling that is consistent with your actions. This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in success psychology. You develop the courage you desire by disciplining yourself repeatedly to do the thing you fear until that fear eventually disappears—and it will.
Confront Your Fears
Your ability to confront, deal with, and act in spite of your fears is the key to happiness and success. One of the best exercises you can practice is to identify a person or situation in your life of which you are afraid and resolve to deal with that fear situation immediately. Do not allow it to make you unhappy for another minute. Resolve to confront the situation or person and put the fear behind you.
Move Toward the Fear
When you identify a fear and discipline yourself to move toward it, it grows smaller and more manageable. What’s more, as your fears grow smaller, your confidence grows. Soon, your fears lose their control over you. In contrast, when you back away from a fear-inducing situation or person, your fear grows larger and larger. Soon it dominates your thinking and feeling, preoccupies you during the day, and often keeps you awake at night.
Deal With the Fear Directly
The only way to deal with a fear is to address it head-on. Remind yourself that “denial” is not a river in Egypt. The natural tendency of many people is to deny that they have a problem caused by fear of some kind. They’re afraid of confronting it. In turn, it becomes a major source of stress, unhappiness, and psychosomatic illness. Be willing to deal with the situation or person directly. As Shakespeare said, “Take arms against a sea of troubles, and in so doing, end them.” When you force yourself to face any fear-inducing situation in your life, your self-esteem goes up, your self-respect increases, and your sense of personal pride grows. You eventually reach the point in life where you are not afraid of anything.
“Miért olyan nagy baj, hogy esetleg fájni fog a változás? Szerintem nem baj. Amikor az ismeretlenbe ugrom bele, akkor nem tudom, hogy ami következik, az jó lesz-e vagy rossz, egyet azonban biztosan tudok: hogy mind a jóval, mind a fájdalommal hajlandó leszek szembenézni. Akár pozitív, akár negatív élményben lesz részem, mind a kettővel elboldogulok, mert önmagamban elfogadtam a jót és a rosszat is. A sikereket és a kudarcokat is fel tudom dolgozni, meg tudom oldani, sem az örömtől, sem a fájdalomtól nem félek. A legfontosabb, hogy amikor beleugrom az ismeretlenbe, érezzem, hogy merek élni – mert az élet szép!”
Dr. Csernus Imre
Make your Mother’s day memorable with an iPhone 4S !
Ez egy tökéletes promó a mai Magyarországon, mindenkinek tényleg ez a legnagyobb gondja, hogy Anyukájának iPhone-t vagy iPad-et ajándékozzon éppen. És még expressz ki is szállítják. Hol élnek ezek az emberek, akik ilyeneket küldözgetnek?
Yes, this is THE KING PROMO for Hungarian people nowadays. The biggest problem today is that you should give an iPhone or an iPad for your mother as a small present. Where are these marketing managers living? I don’t thinks that together with us in Hungary…
Been there, done that
Annapurna Sanctuary is a magical place where I spent the happiest day of my life…
Backpacking in Hungary
Nowadays lot of people prefer taking risk and seeking new experiences in the outdoor choosing some kind of adventure tourism and not the boring holidays on sea sides. With the “back to the nature” concept many people try to leave behind the problems of everyday city life.
The adventure tourism which is part of this alternative tourism gives a great possibility for this. Countries with great natural resources usually establish good infrastructure for outdoor seeking people, like backpackers, hikers, trekkers.
Spring in Vienna
2012 Spring in Vienna, a set on Flickr.
Vienna is only 2 hours drive from Budapest, but… it’s so different, that it could be on the Mars too. Everything is perfect, clean and beautiful. There is no continuous independent fight, rush, nervousness – Austrian people are kind, smart, friendly and it seems to us that they enjoy their life There is a f…cking big mistake somewhere… If you have an idea please leave a comment.
How to stay young & happy? Shiva is over 45 :-)
Who is Shiva Rea?
The Union of Shiva and Shakti
As a global adventurer, she has led over 70 retreats and pilgrimages nationally and internationally. She also has served as a creative catalyst for conferences, festivals, and actions for the environment, yoga, and the arts, including the third annual Yogini Conference of Kripalu and Omega. Shiva writes for Yoga Journal and has created award-winning CD and DVD programs to empower and transform yoga home practice. She lives with her family near their favorite surf break at Sunset Beach in Pacific Palisades, California.”
Fire in the sky
This year the sun activity provides again dramatic aurora in the arctic sky.
The time lapses were made with a Canon 5 D Mark II in northern Norway.
Do you have a miserable life?
Go to a 10 days Vipassana meditation course ! It’s sooo easy:
- 10 hours meditation daily
- morning wake up bell: 4:00 am
- must observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course – it means silence of body, speech, and mind, any form of communication is prohibited.
- to abstain from killing, from all sexual activity, from eating after midday, from stealing, from telling lies. This is definitely not for politicians
Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self – purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of purification.
We took part on a 10 days Vipassana course in December 2010 and enjoyed it very much.
What’s your definition of happiness?
The inherent, all-permeating satisfaction that is always present. It’s our birthright, independent of any external conditions. It needs to be nurtured and cultivated even though it’s within us. I love that the Dalai Lama puts it out that happiness is what we’re looking for. It’s not intellectual and esoteric. It’s not to be postponed – “I’ll be happy when…” (Shiva Rea)
Vimeo video from our kitchen
Yummy… you should try it – if you understand Hungarian.
Some tip to improve your life
“Life is a sport. Make it count”
Success Requires a Willingness to Act
“If you want to be successful, you can start at anytime.
But you must start.
Don’t make the mistake of not doing anything
because you can only do a little.
Do what you can do.
It will always be your attitude
at the beginning of any difficult task which,
more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
To be aware of what you want and not go after it,
to spend years wondering if something could have materialized,
and never knowing if it could have been,
is a tragic waste of your life.
The worst thing you can do is not to try.
To reach a port, you must sail.
You must sail, not lie at anchor.
You must sail off in the direction of your dreams, not drift.
A journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step.“
Dream of Flight
I’m pursuing my dreams … thru-hike the 5000 km of Pacific Crest Trail in US, crossing the high, deserted valleys of Zanskar in the Indian Himalayas… And what about you? Do you have the courage to make your dreams come true? I hope yes!
Food for Thought
‘I am not interested. I’m not in the mood.’
How could they possibly know if they were in the mood or not if they had never tried? But there was no point in asking the truth was they were aftaid of any change that would upset the world they had grown used to.” (Paulo Coelho, Zahir)
“Is it possible to deviate from the path of God has made? Yes, but it’s always a mistake. Is it possible to avoid pain? Yes, but you’ll never learn anything. Is it possible to know something without ever having experienced it? Yes, but it will never truly be part of you.” (Paulo Coelho, in Aleph)
If you live your life fully, you will die only once. But if you are scared of every step, fear will kill you day after day.
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
Live with intention. Take risks, live free or die!
Rule number one: if what you’re doing doesn’t work, stop doing it!
Walk to the edge. Remove limitations. Choose with no regret. Do what you love, exceed expectations and learn how to make love with life! Live as if this is all there is.
One month to go
Scotland is waiting for us… hopefully with warm, sunny weather. Our Ryanair flight will take us to London on 10th of May and after a full day city walking and pub visits we will travel with the Caledonian sleeper to Glasgow.
Another trains to Fort William and Lochailort and we will start our long hike around 2 pm from the west coast. Now we have 30 days for the final preparation and training to reach our peak performance