A mentally not well Dane treadmill-walking on board the
pirate-hunter HDMS Esbern Snare.
- I had been reading all the status updates from marching friends on Facebook; how they were preparing for Nijmegen, how much they were looking forward to it. I was very envious! And then the idea started growing in my head: I could do four days of marching in parallel with the happy people in the Netherlands, says Thorbjørn Hein.
- I had to get up several hours before my daily duties begin in the SNMG1 staff at 0800 to get a head start, and then use every opportunity during the day to get some walking done. Despite of that, I still had to do most of the kilometres after the evening briefing, which ends the regular office hours. Especially the evenings were hellish.
No beer at all. Nope, none at all
|Morning of day 2.|
Deserted gym, except for the lone wanderer.
There was also another missing factor:
|This lovely view for about 24 hours ...|
No way back when committed
|Morning day 3. Simulating having lots of energy. Deception, though, pure deception. Notice daypack on back, weighing in at 10.0 kg.|
|Backpack has been thrown to the deck! The final 5 kilometres of day 4 were done like in the real Four Day marches, namely with no weight.|
|And it's done, and he's just about done for ... 168 km in four days. The temperature was at a steady 28 degrees with a humidity of about 95%. Perspiration was profuse.|
Here you will find a lot more pictures like the ones below.
|HDMS Esbern Snare at full steam. Picture taken from a Canadian Sea Hawk.|
|Danish Special Operations Forces fast-rope from a Super Lynx helicopter.|
|Sailor on the lookout while HDMS Esbern Snare passes through the Suez Canal in June.|
Other recommended reading on the blog you're visiting currently:
- Photo report with English captions about the legendary, but still relatively obscure TWO TIMES 100 kilometres march (Dodentocht, go home, honestly) in Lithuania.
- Photos of medals, lots of them
- Photos from the 1864 March in February
- Photo report with English captions about the 2012 VERY humid 2 Day March in Cosford
- Report in English from the German IML March in Fulda
And again: please check out the naval pages: