Esc Hero #24: The Inca Ride Team – 2000 miles along the Andes

by Rob on December 7, 2009

CIMG4311Introducing Ed Lines (and his fellow Inca Riders – Phil Sutton and Nick Warner). Earlier in 2009 they rode 2000 miles up the Andes for charity. We recently sat them down in front of the video camera to ask them about their experiences (interview coming soon).

Check out below for a little snapshot of their trip – and some really spectacular photos at the bottom. For more shots click here.

1. What are you currently doing with your life?

A marketing internship for an e-learning company & Art History tutor.

2. What did you do before this?

Inca Ride!

We rode horses and walked 2000 miles from Ecuador to Bolivia for two charities. It took us 6 Months.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkE_H_NJAdo

3. How long had you dreamt of doing this trip?

The idea of adventure, in any form, is what I’ve dreamt about since pretending to be Robin Hood as a child.

4. Did you have a moment of truth when you realised that you would turn the dream into a reality?

At Edinburgh University I met a friend (Phil Sutton). We both discussed possible adventures for when we left in 2008.

When he suggested riding horses through South America it seemed so detached from reality but a great plan nonetheless.

We teamed up with equine expert, Nick Warner (also ex-Edinburgh) and began months of planning. It wasn’t until we arrived at the farm in Ecuador and met the horses for the first time that I realised we were actually doing it for real.

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5. From a practical perspective, how did you plan for it?

A part-time job. Riding lessons. Spanish Lessons. Reading accounts from long riders/survival experts as well as travel and culture literature.

6. How did you fund it?

The whole journey cost us 6,000GBP each. We had part-time jobs between leaving University and the start of the adventure in January. I had some savings too.

7. What was the hardest thing about making this happen?

The horses and the language. (I’d never ridden and didn’t speak Spanish before the trip – Nick and Phil would probably say I’m still crap at both!).

Oh, and the day when I fell off my horse and gashed open my leg. We decided (because we were 4 hours from help) that ‘Dr. Phil’ would use the horse staple gun to close the wound until we could get it looked at. Needless to say that the combination of whiskey and invective wasn’t enough to persuade us that we would ever use that tactic again…

8. What was the best thing about making this happen?

Two things:

1. Raising funds (£29,300 at latest count on Just Giving here and here) and awareness for two great charities:

Bruce Organisation, who help educate the street kids of South America & Alzheimers Society

2. Having no idea what is around the next corner.

9. What is the best advice you received?

My grandfather told me a line from a speech by Sir Francis Drake to his crew:

“There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”

10. What advice would you give to other people who want to do something similar?

I’m not as good as my grandfather at these things and all I can think of is the Nike slogan: Just do it.

11. What resources were really useful?

Tschiffely’s Ride by A.F. Tschiffely – A guy who rode two wild horses from Buenos Aires to Washington in the Twenties.

Give us a shout if you want to get in touch with Ed to hear more about his incredible adventure

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  • http://www.lastgreatchallenge.com Justin

    What a great challenge! Being an animal lover, I really like the idea of doing something like this and I’m sure loads of people would say the same. I’m not quite sure about covering such a massive distance on horseback though – surely you couldn’t carry enough vaseline?!

  • Rob

    As promised the Limited edition Inca Ride Calendar 2010, featuring nude photos of Quita* is hot off the press!

    You can order yours for just £5 by getting in touch with any of the Inca Riders. ALL PROFITS TO BRUCE ORGANISATION.

    Highlights include a scenic panorama of Macchu Picchu, a tasteful shot of Phil and a cactus, Nick doing a spot of farriery, Ed polishing a saddle and of course Quita naked.

    Love,

    Ed

    *and Phil, Ed and Nick

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