Tuesday 3 November 2009

the list: day zero

So what the hell is this all about then – Day Zero…the easy answer is go check the website: http://www.dayzeroproject.com/
In short, this is a pretty pointless exercise, but one that the super-anal list maker and ticker in me loved the idea of – 101 things to be done in 1001 days. Of course it is unlikely that I will complete all of them in that time, but I will of course be trying.
So the stats: this frigging list has taken me some 3 weeks or so to write (you have no idea just how many things 101 is until you try to make a list of them, oh and the vast, VAST majority of other people’s lists will be full of ideas which to you will seem tedious and insignificant (in the words of a friend of mine - ‘banal’), and so will fail to provide any inspiration at all). Phew.
My start date is somewhat contrived to include a couple of routes that I have climbed recently into the count figures so that everything is legit (the only exception: my summit of Mont Blanc is included in my 15 Alpine summits goal even though it was done before my start date, simply because it really was quite a major thing for me, and it wasn’t all that long before in reality…)
Start Date: 15/09/2009
End Date (1001 days): 12/06/2012
1. Climb F7a (sport)
2. Climb F7b (sport)
3. Climb F6c onsight (sport)
4. Climb 20 routes of F6c and up (4/20) In progress
5. Climb another 20 routes of E1 + (trad) (4/20) In progress
6. Climb E2 onsight (trad)
7. Boulder font 7a or V6
8. Climb WI5+ (ice)
9. Climb VI onsight (Scottish winter)
10. Summit the Matterhorn
11. Summit the Eiger
12. Climb the Frendo Spur
13. Attain 15 Alpine summits (5/15) In progress
14. Summit a 6000m+ peak
15. Do the Cuillin Ridge traverse (summer)
16. Do the Cuillin Ridge traverse (winter)
17. Build a training and drytooling board in the garage Completed 12/11/09
18. Do a winter route using a vintage ice axe
19. Go to a climbing themed lecture Completed: 17/11/09 BMC Winter skills, 21/11/09 Andy Kirkpatrick at Kendal, 26/11/09 Doug Scott, 19/02/10 Nick Bullock in Rjukan, PyB/UKC Alpine Festival
20. Do a route on a sea stack
21. Climb 10 routes that feature significant traverses (2/10)
22. Learn to jam
23. Climb 30 grit routes (trad) (0/30)
24. Write an article and have it published
25. Make a great photo collage
26. Get a Wedding photo album made
27. Photograph a landscape from the same spot in all four seasons (0/4)
28. Create 5 instructional videos for my blog (0/5)
29. Take a photograph of the Greenwich Meridian line
30. Build a big, elaborate sand castle on the beach and photograph it
31. Write a paper diary of this list In progress
32. Take (or have taken) 101 pictures of myself that I actually like (0/101)
33. Bake some Yorkshire Fat Rascals
34. See the Northern Lights
35. Go to a Mountain Film Festival
36. See a West End show
37. Volunteer as a Special Constable
38. Do a tour of a mine
39. Eat a vegetarian diet for 1 week
40. Try the Welsh single malt whisky (Penderyn) Completed 3/11/09
41. Ride on the London Eye
42. Visit Llanberis Slate Museum
43. Visit Powis Castle
44. Visit a WW1 battlefield
45. Visit a former Concentration Camp
46. Go to an Air Race
47. Go to an aerobatics competition
48. Do a motorcycle track day
49. Go to a classical music ‘prom’
50. Go caving with Dave W
51. Be a tourist in Paris
52. Have a go at kite boarding
53. Be a tourist in Stockholm
54. Go to Switzerland Completed (Arolla Aug '10)
55. Go to Russia
56. Go to Ireland
57. Drive something cool (like a tank or a rally car?)
58. Visit a vineyard
59. Run a marathon
60. Run the Midnattsloppet with Anders
61. Run 2 miles with a sub 7 minute pace
62. Run around Lake Vrynwy
63. Do sets of 20 pull ups
64. Do the Welsh 3000’s
65. Have a sports massage Completed 22/08/2010
66. Ride the MTB runs at Llandegla
67. Ride the MTB runs at Coed y Brenin
68. Fly to France
69. Get a taildragger rating
70. Fly solo in a Tiger Moth
71. Land at Barra
72. Take David flying
73. Join a Mountain Rescue Team In progress - NEWSAR
74. Shoot for food
75. Cook a meal without using any shop bought ingredients (hunt, forage, grow etc)
76. Learn to navigate well (on foot) Happy! Passed NEWSAR hill team nav assessment 23/06/2010
77. Do a mountain/wilderness First Aid course In progress - NEWSAR training
78. Do a night hike
79. Bivi Vallee Blanche 11/07/10
80. Build and sleep in a snow hole
81. Learn to ski
82. Learn some basic Welsh
83. Learn some basic Norwegian (for trips to Rjukan)
84. Learn to canoe properly
85. Learn some basic photography skills
86. Learn to SRT (caving)
87. Learn to identify some of the constellations
88. Ride a motorcycle offroad
89. Get another job… Semi-completed (short term contract work)
With Phil
90. Visit RAF Cosford Completed 28/02/2010
91. Visit Duxford
92. Get the guns back
93. Do a long distance walk or canoe journey
94. Canoe on Lake Vrynwy
95. Cycle round Lake Vrynwy and have a picnic
96. Visit a Brewery
97. Visit another 5 whisky distilleries (0/5)
98. Learn to use the sextant
99. Stay in an ice hotel
100. Do 5 extra things of Phil’s choosing (0/5)
101. Start writing a new list…

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