To the competition Manaslu Trail Race Frode had two "nyrimma" ladies who participated for the first time in this type of extreme race. The ladies, like many other participants, were a little anxious to run away in Nepal's jungle and the Himalayas high mountain. One was Wivi who is Frode's spouse, who had never run for more than a couple of miles. The other was Cecilie who also wanted to have contact with family and friends along the way.
Navigation on the arm
Some of the competitors had handheld GPS devices with navigation, but most used GPS watches from different manufacturers. Like Frode - Wivi and Cecilie each had their own Garmin Fenix of different versions.
At the forefront Frode had adapted the settings Garmin Fenix the bells to the conditions that would meet them.
- The coordinates of each day trip were entered with waypoints that showed distance to each drinking station along the way. In addition, the bells vibrated when moving in directions other than the planned route.
- As there was uncertain access to power in the mountains and long day trips, the bells were set to "UltraTrac" which prolongs battery life by adjusting communication with the satellite system.
- As they crossed the top of the hillside on all sides, there were more competitors who encountered problems with their navigation devices when the regular GPS signals were greatly reduced. For Garmin Fenix participants, GPS signals were amplified with the Russian satellite system GLONASS.
Tracking and communication
Like the organizer Frode, Wivi and Cecilie were equipped with each Garmin inReach explorer + with an SOS button to be used when there is a danger of life or evacuation is required.
The devices were pre-set with local weather reports, easy communication between, important contacts in Norway and social media. In addition, the devices were preset for use with applications on the mobile phones.
With good presets and a review of important features, it was easy to follow each other's inReach device on day-to-day. In addition to being able to send each other messages, motivational messages from family, friends, and people came to follow the real-time inReach device via maps on Facebook. In addition, Garmin inReach was a backup for navigation.
Medical assistance from Norway
At one of the stages a participant fell so strong in the steep terrain that one shoulder went out of line. The runner's doctor was at the moment a few miles away, but via inReach we contacted a doctor in Norway. We described the situation we were in, and the doctor explained that it was important to get your shoulders fast in place - before muscle contractions make it difficult and can cause damage. In the subsequent dialogue with the doctor, we received good instructions on how to put the soothing "patient" on a large stone. The arm would hang down and we should then pull the arm to the now even more soaring "patient". The arm was put in place and we could continue the race.