Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Dartmoor: 61 in 61 for DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Prayer wheels at Bodhnauth, Kathmandu
Prayer wheels at Bodhnauth, Kathmandu
On Saturday 25 April a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 5.3m people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches.

Already over 5000 people have been confirmed dead and the figure is likely to rise significantly in the coming days. Even those whose homes are still standing are sleeping in the streets because they are terrified by regular aftershocks.

When the news broke of the earthquake in Nepal, my initial thoughts were how ill equipped the country would be for a catastrophe such as this. I knew the extent of the damage would be considerable given that I recall, from my visit in 2009, how parts of poverty stricken Kathmandu already resembled a disaster zone. I feared the worst for the people of Nepal. Gradually, as more details trickled out, those fears were realised.

Day 3: Prayer flags in front of Dhaulagiri
Prayer flags in front of Dhaulagiri
We would all like to help, I want to help. Donating and fundraising to a reputable aid relief organisation is often all that can be done, so this is why I have decided to do what I can by setting out on another charity trek, walking the Boundary Forest of Dartmoor, at the end of May.

I will be doing this in aid of the Disasters Emergency Commission. If you wish to donate, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/DartmoorForestBoundary4Nepal.

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At times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together a unique alliance of the UK's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation's compassion, and ensure that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.

For those not in the know about the Perambulation of Dartmoor, it is a route that twelve knights took to define the boundary of Dartmoor Forest back in 1240. This boundary has 32 distinct points that you must visit if you are to emulate their challenge. Some are obvious, some, are not so obvious.

I have done this trek before, back in 2007, but this time, with some deviations along the 45 mile route, the task is to bag 61 peaks (Tors, Rocks, or Hills) in just over 61 miles. There would be a certain symmetry if I could complete this in under 61 hours, but I've allowed more time should I be a little rusty!

If any of my friends would like to join me, please take a look at the proposed route, below, and get in touch.

The route looks something like this;



Starting from Belstone, the baggable peaks and boundary points (in red) are:

Ottery Tor [Ladybrook Tor] (400 m), Cosdon Hill [South Tawton Common] (550 m), Little Hound Tor (485 m), Hound Tor (496 m), Wild Tor (531 m), Watern Tor (537 m), Manga Rock (450 m), Hewlake Foot, Stonetor Hill (412 m), Long Stone, Kestor Rock (437 m), Middle Tor (415 m), Frenchbeer Rock (387 m), Thornworthy Tor (424 m),  Heath Stone, Assycombe Hill (497 m), Hurston RidgeWater Hill (477 m), Wallabrook Head, Wallabrook Foot, Yar Tor (384 m), Coffin Stone (304 m), Dartmeet, O'Brook Foot, Drylake Foot, Drylake Head, Ryder's Hill (515 m), Western Wellabrook Head, Snowdon (482 m), Pupers Rock (457 m), Western Wellabrook FootEastern White Barrow (460 m), Quickbeam Hill (481 m), Black Rocks (419 m), Redlake Foot, Erme Head Ford, Broad Rock (440 m), Great Gnats Head (455 m), Little Gnats Head (393 m), Calverslake Tor (388 m), Lower Hartor Tor (371 m), Higher Hartor Tor (404 m), Eylesbarrow (436 m), Siwards Cross, South Hessary Tor (454 m), North Hessary Tor (517 m), Herne Hole Tor (472 m), Rundlestone Tor (468 m), Hollow Tor (Rundlestone) [Billys Tor] (452 m), Little Mis Tor (477 m), Great Mis Tor (538 m), Clay Tor (436 m), Cocks Hill (482 m), White BarrowLynch Tor (481 m)Rattlebrook Foot, Hare Tor (531 m), Sharp Tor (Lydford) (519 m), Chat Tor (542 m), Lower Dunna Goat (557 m), Higher Dunna Goat Tor (562 m), Green Tor (543 m),  Hunt Tor (562 m), Rattlebrook Head, Amicombe Hill (584m), Kitty Tor (584m), Stenga Tor (541 m), Lints Tor (496m), Dinger Tor (542m), Fordsland Ledge (585 m), High Willhays (621 m), Hampster Tor (618 m), Yes Tor (619 m), Little Tor (531 m), West Mill Tor (541 m), Rowtor (468 m), Cullever Steps, Scarey Tor (365 m), Winter Tor (426 m), Higher Tor (471m), Belstone Tor (479m), Lower Tor (454 m), Tors End (429 m), Watchet Hill (382 m).