View Full Version : Walk to Rivendell (or Long-Distance Hiker Games)

Uncle Silly
10-11-2007, 12:53
So I was catching up on one of my favorite geeky blogs when I ran across a site trying to convince geeks to get their exercise by walking distances equivalent to those travelled in JRR Tolkien's books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Here's the distance table for the main sections:

397 miles: Travel with Bilbo from Bag End to Rivendell.
570 Miles: Travel with Bilbo from Rivendell to Lonely Mountain.

458 miles: Go from Hobbiton to Rivendell.
462 miles: Set out with the Fellowship from Rivendell to Lothlorien.
389 miles: Travel through Moria and down the Anduin from Lothlorien to Rauros Falls.
355 miles: Follow the path of Merry and Pippin from Rauros to Isengard.
484 miles: Follow the path of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli from Rauros to Isengard.
470 miles: Follow Frodo and Sam on the quest from Rauros to Mt. Doom.
517 miles: Ride with Gandalf and Pippin from Isengard to Minas Tirith.
786 miles: Travel with Aragorn from Isengard to Dunharrow through the Paths of the Dead to Minas Tirith.
578 miles: Ride with Merry and the Rohirrim from Isengard to Dunharrow to Edoras to Minas Tirith.
138 miles: Follow Aragorn from Minas Tirith to the Morannon.
120 miles: Return for Aragornís crowning from the Morannon to Minas Tirith.
1625 miles: Take the road home with the hobbits from Minas Tirith to Hobbiton.
* 535 miles from Minas Tirith to Isengard
* 693 miles from Isengard to Rivendell.
* 397 miles from Rivendell to Bag End.
467 miles: Follow Frodo to the Grey Havens and return home with Sam.

Here's the URLs:
BoingBoing writeup: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/30/geek-exercise-challe.html
Walk to Rivendell Challenge main site: http://home.insightbb.com/~eowynchallenge/
Walk to Rivendell Challenge distance page: http://home.insightbb.com/~eowynchallenge/Walk/walk.html

So... who's up for a recreation of The Hobbit, via AT? We need suitable substitute points for Bag End, Rivendell, and the Lonely Mountain, and then we'll yo-yo from our "Bag End" to our "Lonely Mountain" and back. Dontcha think Kincora would make a fine Rivendell? :D

10-11-2007, 13:02
Who's gonna do it barefoot?

10-11-2007, 13:13
Hehehe, I'm just geeky enough to think that is completely awesome.

max patch
10-11-2007, 13:52
A few years ago the Cobb YMCA actually had a "hike the AT from GA to ME". You earned so many "miles" based on the type/amount of exercise you did at the facility.