WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

EDP Norfolk - - The Mardler -

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

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