Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Walking for Others

I received an email today. Not really a momentous event, I confess, but this one set me thinking. A few bloggers I regularly converse with have undertaken walks for charity but one in particular, coming up in June this year, has piqued my attention. David Lintern, whose visual and emotive blog Self Powered is one I particularly enjoy, is about to undertake a very long walk for charity in one of his favourite areas - the Pyrenees. In all, he'll walk between 500 and 600 miles (c.800-950km) and climb around 40,000m. Everest, need I tell you, is an eighth of that. This is a serious undertaking and deserving of respect and admiration. This is not a National Geographic sponsored adventure, this is something worthwhile and intrepid.

He'll be walking for two charities, the principles of one of which are very close to my heart for many reasons - soundmix.org.uk which brings some much needed musical relief to young war orphans and refugees in South London.

We get hit by chuggers every day and I know some of you will be bored of random strangers making pleas for your hard-earned money. At least 200 people regularly visit my blog, not to mention the thousands who visit each month, and if each of them gave £1 that would be a huge start to supporting someone who is undertaking a mammoth task in the name of others.


  1. I can think of at least one recent adventure partially sponsored by National Geographic that was incredibly intrepid.

  2. Many thanks for the support Maz, and to those who has donated so far. I hope I can live up to it. Skurka's trip was of beyond epic proportions on the scale of Homer or the Mahabharata, I have no pretensions in that direction, lets be real. I'll explain a bit more about what the charity does in a future post.

  3. I am genuine fan of Skurka - his website has been listed on this blog for a long while. His trip was epic, I agree, but I also happen to think that an ordinary person, with a real life in the background, doing what you're doing, has a lot to be proud of. Skurka's trek was a test of his physical and emotional strength and I cannot, nor do I want to, seek to diminish his achievement but all our achievements are measured not only in what we do but in the circumstances in which we do them. That's why I admire what you are doing David - so I
    being real when I compare a man who has a life outside of hillwalking and trekking, with all the trappings and responsibilities that come with it, who does something for the betterment of others, to someone who was in a far better position to drop everything like Skurka was able to.

  4. Thanks, you're too kind. Us mere mortals can but try - i'm sure they'll be much wailing and knashing of teeth from my end, as well as dumb wonder. And yes, can't fail to be inspired by his trip, it was monumental!