Moder-dye wrote:Wondered about the support from sat comms too in terms of emotional support and weather advice etc as opposed to just emergency.
Of course. We're all just humans. Exposure and solitude can be suffocating. It's very different if you're traveling with a companion or not. Even just dropping a message (not waiting/checking to see if it's been received) helps much. It's like a release valve.
10 days alone (not seeing any humans at all) with no communication is tough, 20 day with my girlfriend or a rope partner or whatever companion - easy.
The motivation to call home during an ultra event like TCR may seem similar but I think (for me) it's rooted differently as in such events you have the possibility to talk to a stranger at least once a day - which already makes a huge difference. Unless you seriously struggle to interact with strangers. So there's a mix of emotional support (most of which most get from home rather than from a stranger, who struggles/isn't interested to understand you) and the pure need to interact with an other human in any way.
I often find it very relaxing, when after multiple days without any interaction, I meet a complete stranger. It really puts me back onto the ground. Funnily the language is then stuck. Not talking to others except yourself for days or even weeks leaves an empty lingual blanket. The first conversation then has a huge impact and I tend to be stuck in it for 2 - 3 days afterwards, when alone again. Quite funny, because there are these foreign words in your head...
Many will tie it down to a call every couple of days or once a week. Messages often go back and forward on a daily basis in the evenings.
From own experience, the explorers I've met and the many books I read, I figured the pattern is very similar.