Maybe a strange title for a reflection of a 100 km Ultramarathon through rocky, Australian outback (with a few hills 😉 ), but a sure summary of my headspace.
Oscars Hut 2 Hut was the first adventure I decided to put onto my ‘funventure’ calendar for 2018. Being relatively close (a domestic flight and mini road trip away), timing being conducive with my work calendar and my yearn for a spiritual run, all signs pointed to ‘join’.
My entry was confirmed about a month out of the event and life just kept on rolling as usual. The weekend before leaving I finally had a good look at the mandatory gear list and realised that there must be some descent elevation and potential for disaster. The list of necessities included: thermal top and bottom, waterproof pants, waterproof jacket, compass, course maps, spot tracker, emergency beacon, first aid kit, emergency blanket, mobile phone, spare battery, food, head lamp, spare batteries…. And I’m sure there were a few more (you get the gist). This was diametrically opposed to the ultra I was participating in at the same time last year; a jungle ultra marathon in Thailand where mandatory gear was virtually water carrying capacity, phone, emergency blanket and headlamp.