WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Holkham’s wide beaches may be over 7,000 miles from Namibia, but the county beauty spot has been doubling up as a desert training ground for a Norfolk adventurer.
Ian Couch is embarking on recordbreaking challenge as leader of a three-man team which will be trekking unsupported over 330 miles through desert and bush in Namibia.
The British and American team will be running and trekking over 30 miles a day in temperatures reaching the high 30s. As an unsupported expedition they will be carrying all their food and equipment. The challenge will see Team Latitude 35 not only navigating difficult terrain in high temperatures but depending on scattered waterholes, some 40 miles apart, for all their water.
The area is rich in game and the team will be avoiding lion, cheetah, baboon, hyena, black rhino and elephant. A film crew will be covering aspects of the expedition and a documentary will be produced at the end showing the stresses and dangers of the journey.
Ian is no stranger to endurance challenges, having rowed across the Atlantic twice, rowed across the Indian Ocean, been the fastest British man to ski across Greenland and completed numerous ultra marathons including running through the Gobi Desert. Ian normally runs his company AdventureHub Ltd which organises expeditions of all sizes and supports and trains people for the trans Atlantic rowing race. They will be carrying a tracking device and if you want to follow the team the link is: share.garmin.com/teamlat35
Ian Couch in Namibia