If you would like to ask us questions by email, we will respond individually. Frequently asked questions and answers will be shown here, starting with the most recent.
The questions below relate to the 2019 edition.
Q-Are you worried about “cheating”, by the use of shortcuts or personal assistance?
It is clear that if a participant wants to plan to cheat they will be able to do so. However we will know, straightaway, that they are not “long distance walkers”.
There will be however at least 2 staff patrolling the route during the 75 hours.
In addition, there will be 19 “ordinary” control points on the route plus “hidden” control points, the locations of these will not be revealed.
Q-Is it possible to participate in BMLD with a hiking trolley?
A-Yes, it is possible to participate in the BMLD with a hiking trolley.
Be aware however, that on the certain sections of the route highlighted with red dots on the map, you will be required to carry them.
Q-Do you provide the route in advance in electronic format?
A-We will provide the GPS files on our site, no later than the end of April 2020. These files will be “GPS tracks” in .GPX format
To avoid too many points per file, the whole route will be “separated” into several files.
Q-Is it possible to leave earlier on Thursday morning?
A-No it is not possible because the BMLD is only part of our 4 Days of Walking in Chantonnay and the arrival time limit (Sunday 12.00pm) is essential for our entire organisation.
Q-Can I complete the walk with friends?
A-It is possible with one VERY IMPORTANT condition: friends MUST NOT provide you with any assistance (food, clothing, etc…).
Q-Do you have a discussion forum to communicate with other participants?
A-There are no plans as yet. But:
-We have a FAQ section on our site.
-You can take the initiative to open a discussion topic on specialised forums.
Q-Will there be rest rooms at certain stages? (every 20 km?)
A- Yes there will be rest points assigned by the organisation but they are few and irregular. These places of rest will be very basic with no comforts except toilets (mostly public in general) At the present moment we have: 1 school yard at 40km; 1 covered shelter at 140km. We are working to obtain 1 communal hall to be made available at 80km, 1 communal yard at 120km, 1 farm shed at 180km.
It will also be possible to stay (for a fee) in the various hotels, inns, campsites etc.. available on the route at : 90kms, 100kms, 120kms and 140kms… All these establishments will appear in the guidebook.
We also offer a small luggage transfer from two “control points” at 80kms and 140kms.
Q-Will it be possible to stop and for someone take us somewhere to sleep and be returned to the same point again the next day?
A-It’s clearly not; the rules are very clear: no personal assistance.
Q-Can you clearly describe the possible walking hours for the first and last day?
A- The departure time is at 9.00am on 21st May 2020 (group departure). The deadline for arrival is at 12.00pm on 24th May 2020 (a maximum time of 75h).
Q-The length of the daily walking hours (opening times of the control points)?
A-There is no daily walking schedule. Estimated times are outlined from the maximum time of 75hrs and a minimum time of 33hrs and 20minutes.These are calculated at a minimum walking speed of 2.67 km/hr and a maximum speed of 6 km/hr for a walker who walks nonstop for 24hrs each day. Everyone then should adapt their speed and their daily walking time within these time calculations.
If, for example, there is a control point at 96kms, the walkers will have to pass through this in a time between 16hrs (16 X 6 km/hr= 96hrs) and 36hrs (36 x 2.67km/hr= 96hrs), between 1.00am and 9.00pm on Friday 22nd May 2020.
NB: our control points do not require the presence of volunteers, except for “hidden checks”. A walker can walk through the day or night or only during the day if their pace is sufficient, provided that they follow the hourly examples. NB: a certain tolerance will be applied compared to the earliest/latest times, except on arrival of course.
Q-Supply of refreshments or water at control points?
A-There are no refreshment stations, not even for water. However the roadmap indicates the shops on or near the route. The route passes through places with shops. The roadmap also indicates the public water sources available, such as public toilets, cemeteries, stadiums etc… It is possible (but not certain) that the roadmap will also indicates some shelters to sleep, such as fields, barns, sheds, etc… These would not require you to ask for permission from the owner.
Q-The itinerary of the course ( several circuits around Chantonnay or one continual route)?
A-This is a unique single route with departure and arrival in Chantonnay. This route is divided into 11 equally divided stages.
The stages are as follows:-
Chantonnay-Mouchamps-La Tricherie-La Grande Maine-Saint Georges de Montaigu-Montaigu-La Bernadière-Clisson-Malièvre-Puy Germon-Vellaudin-Chantonnay.
Q-I am interested in your self-sufficiency walk project?
A-Correction. Our walk is not a self-sufficiency walk but a walk without assistance. The difference? It is possible to buy food in the shops that are on the route or why not accept an invitation to eat in a local residents home. However, it is forbidden to receive supplies from a partner, relative or a friend.
Q-Is it ok to run?
A- We do not prohibit running but as there is a maximum time of 75hrs, so there will also be a minimum time for completion.This is based on a speed of 6km/hr and that is 33hrs and 20minutes after the start.
Q-where and how to sleep?
A- That is entirely up to you to manage and is part of the challenge. There are different options:
-No sleep whatsoever!!!
-To sleep at a hotel, in a shelter, a mobile-home etc…
-To be invited to a residents house or to carry a tent and sleep at a campsite in the open air (but please ask for permission from the owner)
-To sleep in a bus shelter, barn or shed (again please ask for permission from the owner),
-Under a bridge or sleeping under the stars etc…
-The possibility of sleeping in an establishment (such as a playground, football changing rooms, municipal hall etc …
-These could be made available by the organisers.
What is forbidden: sleeping in a camper driven by your partner, relative or friend.
Q-Will I need a huge backpack?
A-Some walkers will have large backpacks with all the necessary equipment. Others will choose to walk “lightly” by fending for themselves with what they find on the way.
ATTENTION : To register, do not use the procedure suggested below (for the daily walks) but please select, the tab B.M.L.D. tab, under the heading BMLD registration.