4 Deserts: Gobi March

After the Sahara Race (Egypt) and the Atacama Crossing (Chile), I will participate to the third 4 Deserts Race: the Gobi March.

Atacama Corssing: 4th stage (© Philippe Gatta)
Atacama Corssing: 4th stage (© P. Gatta)

Like the two other races, the Gobi March is a 7 days, 250 km, self-supported race taking place in the Gobi desert in China. The race will start on June 10th, close to the city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang region. We will cross a wide variety of landscapes and terrains including sand dunes, river beds, hills, villages, tracks, Gorges… There will be 6 stages; 38km, 40km, 40km, 42km, 80km and 12km.

Since the Atacama Crossing in March, I took one week off training (except bouldering), then i progressively resumed jogging on short distances. The third week I made an attempt on North Face of Eiger and the last two weeks I ran 175 km with a mix of interval trainings and endurance with a 10kg pack.

Talking about pack… I will review the kit and food for the Gobi Race and will try to reduce the total weight of the pack to 7.5 kg (without water).

Storm during the Atacama Corssing (© Philippe Gatta)
Storm during the Atacama Corssing (© P. Gatta)


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