of the walk: 4,000 miles (6,500km) approx.
Duration of the walk: 265 days
approx. (80 mountain days, 150 walk days, 35 rest days)
Start: Paul and Tom leave the UK
on February 2nd at 9pm, arriving in Japan the following day. They
hope to start the trek on Yakushima island on February 10th.
Finish: expected in mid November
2001 on Rishiri island
Tom and Paul will start walking in February 2001. Ben will join them
approximately 3 months later after he has completed his University
course. He will meet up with the other two before the Japan Alps,
the most technically difficult section of the entire walk.
Although the use of transport will be kept to a minimum, ferries will
need to be used on 3 occasions (marked on the map - to come). Transport
will also be used to get to the start point of the walk and return
from the end point.
To keep costs to a minimum the team will be camping and carrying all
their gear. During most of the walk only 1 or 2 days worth of food
will have to be carried, however in the Japan Alps there will be points
when up to 2 weeks worth of food will be needed as resupply will be
difficult. During the walk the team will be experiencing a range of
climatic conditions from snowstorms to tropical typhoons and temperatures
ranging from -15°C to 30°C. Because of this there will be times when
they will not need items such as down jackets, ice axes or crampons.
During the walk they will forward these items to post offices at points
along the route where they will need them again.