6633 Arctic Ultra: November training update

We're now into December, so here's the 2nd update on my training for the 6633 Arctic Ultra, this'll cover November and a few things coming up this month.  

November has been a bit of a different month compared to last month, the training hours will be slightly different mainly as I did a lot of hours in October due to the TV documentary I was working on and I've had a whole week off (last week) due to sickness, anyway the training hours break down as:

  • Running (pure running): 8hr 50mins
  • Walk/hike/run (mixture of all): 25hr 20mins
  • Strength: 6hr
  • Misc (testing equipment): 1hr 20mins

Last week I went up to Likeys for a training weekend. It was one a half days where we learnt about:

  • Training for the 6633 Arctic Ultra
  • Race conditions (weather, terrain, wildlife, etc)
  • Medical considerations
  • Nutrition & hydration
  • Clothing & equipment selection
  • Sled choice

This was a great weekend. I learnt so much from this training weekend; in fact, I came away even more in awe of the race than before, if that's possible! I was able to meet up with former competitors and 2019 (and 2020) racers too, we were all just full of questions and each as nervous/excited as the others! This training weekend will be vital to the success/failure of the race, thank you to Martin, Sue and the Team at Likeys for putting this together.

6633 arctic ultraWith 12 or 13 weeks to go, the training knows starts to get serious and gets much more specific. There will be many more bigger hiking days, lots of big back-to-back training sessions, lots of testing of kit (bivvying out, testing the sleeping system and cooking system) and spending as much time as possible 'on my feet', in all conditions, at different times of the day (yes, night hikes too). During the race we'll be on our feet for 18-20 hours a day, so we have to get the body used to being active for very long periods; it has to feel 'almost' normal to do these kinds of things before we land in Canada in March. This training is going to be a long old slog, but as one adventurer once said "It doesn't have to fun, to be fun!". 

I've also been buying and loaning more 6633 specific equipment. I've managed to borrow a Snow Sled expedition pulk kit from a former competitor, this saves me a lot of money and knowing that this sled has done the job already in the Arctic gives me great confidence in this piece of equipment (and it'll be carrying all my supplies for 9 days, so it has to be 100% on point). I've also bought more base layers (from CRAFT and Montane), some mid layers (from Montane), an outer jacket (from Arcteryx), some Rab liner gloves, a bivy (from Outdoor Research) and lots of strapping and taping supplies (I need to become an expert in taping feet for this adventure!). There's no doubt this trip is very costly, but I can't afford to go into this with sub-standard gear; if I want any chance of finishing (and not coming home with frost bite) I need to be using the best gear. 

If you have any questions about the 6633 Arctic Ultra, the training or equipment, please send them over to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.