Pre Torres des Geants 2014 confessions

This Sunday, I start an adventure that for the first time in a few years scares the hell out of me!

The organisation brochure describes it as;

“The World’s Hardest Endurance-Trail. 330km and 24,000-metre positive altitude difference discovering all the Aosta Valley region around the spectacular ‘Alta Via Trails’ 1 and 2. It in an authentic journey at the feet of the 4 giants of Alps, the Europe’s tallest peaks: Mont Blanc (4,810m), Gran Paradiso (4,061m), Monte Rosa Massif (4,634m) and the Matterhorn (4,478m).”

Reading it all sounded interesting, picturesque, and even potentially fun!

You also had 150 hours to complete the whole thing. That’s over 6 days. A little like a 250km multi-stage desert run. Except! I have done several of those, they are not too bad.

BUT, minor detail, this is not a multi-stage race. Torres des Geants is a single stage, start to finish all of the 330km with its 24,000m of climbing and descending!

TDG profileEver since I have discovered that it is a single-stage event, I have been trying to come to terms with what this meant. I don’t do well without sleep, let alone 5 nights with very little!

But here we are, this Sunday September 7th at 10am local time in Courmayeur, we will set off on this wonderful adventure to enjoy the beauty of the day and the peace of the night.

I don’t know if this race is within my reach but I promise you I will do my best and in the words of Goethe, I will;

“Enjoy when I can, endure when I must” 

and try and get further than I had ever done before.

To make this adventure worthwhile beyond my personal masochism, I invite you to donate to one of two (or both) organisations that work to make this World a better place to live in.

imaging.ashxshift.ms

Shift.ms is a user led social network for people with Multiple Sclerosis (known as MSers), particularly the recently diagnosed.

Shift.ms is a digital first charity, set up in 2009 by George Pepper and Freddie Yauner. George has a background in marketing, whilst Freddie is a designer and artist. George was diagnosed with MS aged 22.

Diagnosis of MS is most common in young adults; a time of decisions about relationships, family and career. We believe it’s crucial to have the right support at this time. http://www.shift.ms provides a safe space where MSers can support each other.

Aim: Shift.ms aims to support adjustment to MS from diagnosis onwards.

Outcomes: To accomplish its aim, Shift.ms is focused on achieving the following outcomes:

  • Reduced isolation and increased social support for MSers
  • MSers acknowledging and actively managing their condition
  • A self-sustaining community, run by its members

Approach: Shift.ms creates a positive, enabling community for MSers which empowers them to acknowledge their MS, rethink how to achieve their ambitions and get on with their lives.

To donate:      https://www.justgiving.com/Devrim-TDG

kdKuzey Doğa

KuzeyDoga Society was established in 2008 as a result of the studies that the president of our NGO,
Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu had started within the Kars-Igdir Biodiversity Project since 2003. The name “KuzeyDoga” is a modified version of the Turkish word “kuzeydoğu” which means “northeast” that refers “northeast part of Turkey” where we work and the nature (doga) which we work with.

The vision of KuzeyDoga Society is to prevent extinctions and consequent collapses of critical ecosystem processes while making sure that human communities benefit from conservation as much as the wildlife they help conserve.

In a short period of time like in 3 years our society has had great successes. We have Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar Site designated as Turkey’s 13, eastern Anatolia’s first RAMSAR site, we received the Whitley Gold Award which is known as environmental Nobel Prize of UK, have Lake Kuyucuk designated as European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) site of Turkey in 2009. Besides we have Turkey’s first artificial island constructed at Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar site to create a safe haven for birds and started the Turkey’s first vulture restaurant in Igdir.

More on Kuzey Doğa and Çağan:

Publications:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cagan_Sekercioglu/

Bio:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/cagan-sekercioglu/

Turkey conservation work:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/24/natural-histories

http://instagram.com/natgeoexplorer

To donate:      http://www.gofundme.com/Anatolianwildlife

And to follow my suffering:

Bib number:             1054

Geo tracking:           http://www.100x100trail.com/crowd-timing/geo-tracking

Event website:         http://www.tordesgeants.it/en

Live streaming:        http://www.tordesgeants.it/en/news/streaming-tor-live

Photos:                    http://www.tordesgeants.it/en/news/photos-your-tor

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About Devrim

For the past 20 years, I have been a runner, having been a regular participant of the London marathon during the late 90s & early 2000s and others such as the Istanbul and San Diego. But when I moved to Cyprus in 2003, things took a turn for the worse. Suddenly 42 kilometres was no longer enough. I needed an activity to counter-balance work. That was when I discovered the concept of ultra-running. An ultra run is anything more than 50 kilometres. However, the need was such that I started with 250km long self-sufficient desert ultras. I have now completed 4 desert ultras in some of the most gruelling conditions, ranging from +60 to -20 Celsius, from the high planes of Atacama in Chile to the depths of the Gobi in China, from the sandy dunes of the Sahara to the ice fields of Antarctica. In 2011, I completed a desert ultra series, having run 1,000 kilometres across 4 deserts in 9 months carrying all my own equipment, water and food on my back.
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1 Response to Pre Torres des Geants 2014 confessions

  1. Gerry Dance says:

    Devrim, I thought I was crazy but you beat me by miles!! I wish you well, my friend! This is an awesome and epic journey. Do take care, you crazy man!

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