Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TrailRider Trailwalker

The Oxfam Trailwalker challenge is billed as the world's toughest team challenge - teams of four cover 100 Km in 48 hours - through wild Victorian places.

There will be two TrailRider teams registered for the walk in April 2013. Seven of the eight registered will be sherpas and the eighth will be the rider - someone who loves the bush but is no longer well enough to get out there. Any volunteers?

Sponsorship will raise money for Oxfam and the press coverage will highlight the growing role of the TrailRider in Victoria.


  1. With the advent of the TrailRider, I'm wondering if there is a way to connect riders with potential sherpa communities, such as the Defence Force, Life Saving clubs - I'm sure there are many others. I am assuming that the seven sherpas will be working in shifts, so there should always be someone available to take the video!

    1. Hi Woodside - thank you for your comment.

      In terms of the Oxfam challenge, which will be I imagine immensely physically exacting, I think the two team leaders will be filtering out potential sherpas and developing a pool of seven very fit, expert sherpas.

      More widely, as TrailRiders proliferate, the question of sherpa communities to support riders who do not have sherpas in their lives will become more and more an issue.

      The only connection I have made so far in this direction is with Bushwalking Victoria. I reckon the ADF and Surf Lifesaving are excellent suggestions. Do you have, or know someone that has, any contacts?

    2. Just a thought....
      Because of the gruelling nature of the Oxfam challenge, I suggest a rider/passenger needs to be someone of smaller/lighter stature. They need to be well enough to endure the gruelling 48 hours of being bumped about as the sherpas run and haul the trailrider up and down and over rough tracks. The rider also needs to be mobile and independent enough to care for his/her own toiletting needs.
      Just a thought...

    3. Small and light are definitely a good idea (although an oversized person, because their weight is borne by the wheel, might be a rider on an easy trail) Perhaps a young person?

      From the publicity angle though it should be someone with a disability of some kind. It feels a little strange to be looking for someone with a disability in this way but it would seem weird to have press coverage of the TrailRider carrying someone who could equally well have been a Sherpa.

      Thank you for your comment.

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  3. Hi Rosaria - Welcome to TrailRider Tales.

    Are there such chairs in Germany? How did you find your way here? Check out the Wild Places video - it tells the whole story in 5 minutes.



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