Epic Walking & Cycling Adventures We're Happy to Leave to the Professionals

Hans Howald unicycling the Camino from Oslo | Hans Howald
Hans Howald unicycling the Camino from Oslo | Hans Howald

Epic Walking & Cycling Adventures We're Happy to Leave to the Professionals

We'll gladly watch these feats from the comfort of our home 

In our opinion, trying to complete these journeys based on speed or difficulty takes away the pleasures of the trail!

Paul Tierney: Running the Wainwrights

You may be familiar with the Wainwrights Way, also known as the Coast to Coast trail, in England. It's a cross country walking path that typically takes 15 days. Paul Tierney decided that wasn't enough, and aims to race to the top of all 214 peaks in England's Lake District.
In June 2019, inov-8 ambassador Paul Tierney set out on an epic adventure to summit all 214 Alfred Wainwright Lake District peaks in one go. His goal was to try and beat the record time of 6 days 13 hours and 1 minute, set five years earlier by fellow fell runner Steve Birkinshaw. 
Needing to cover a distance of approximately 318 miles and ascend the equivalent height of four times Mt Everest, Paul knew this was his biggest challenge to date and enlisted the help of friends and family. Battling sleep deprivation and everything the Lake District weather could throw at him, what transpired was a story that gripped not only the fell-running and ultra-running communities but also the wider sporting world. 
> Discover England and the Coast to Coast on one of our more sane holidays.

Hans Howald - Bicigrino

Swiss man Hans Howald has an incredibly bizarre way to spend his 70th birthday...he decided to do the Camino de Santiago...on a unicycle...starting from Oslo in Norway
That's just a mere 5,039km. Or about 4,200km longer than your standard Camino Frances across Spain.
We also love his word for himself. In English, someone doing the Camino pilgrimage is a pilgrim (duh). In Spanish, it's a Peregrino. He's taken that to the next level to describe himself as a bicigrino (bicycle pilgrim!).
Our hats are off to Hans. I can't even pedal a unicycle for 5m!
Watch his video below, which he's used as the music video to a Camino song he's written (of course he has!).
> If you'd like to know what a more 'normal' Camino experience (i.e. by walking or cycling it), visit our Camino page.

Cape Wrath: inside Scotland's epic ultra-running race

Winding through the beautiful lochs, glens and mountains of the Scottish Highlands, the Cape Wrath Ultra™ is an ultra-running expedition through some of the world's most inspirational landscapes, including Morar, Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland. 
This film follows the progress of the inaugural race in May 2016, focusing on some of the first ever participants to take on this extraordinary adventure.
> If you'd like to see how Scotland can be explored at a much, much, much gentler pace, check out our Scottish walking and cycling tours.
We also have an honest Trip Grading System where we define the difficulty of all our tours, from introductory to challenging. Currently, we have no 'extreme' rating! Or any categories for unicycling either...
What do you make of these athletes? Inspiring or insane? Let us know in the comments!
Camino, Spain, Norway, Unicycle, England, Walking

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