[heavy breathing] It just isn’t fair. [heavy breathing] [The Mammoth March] [62 miles by foot within 24 hours] What are you doing?
– Putting lotion on my thighs. So they don’t chafe that much. – Maybe I should do that too. How am I supposed to…? – On your thighs.
Where they usually chafe. The biggest problem
with Gunnar and me is that whenever I’m bored,
I might come up with silly ideas. Usually, if you tell someone
about that kind of ideas, they go “no way, that’s a stupid idea.” But with Gunnar, whatever you suggest, he always goes “Yes, let’s do this! Yes!” There’s this thing called Mammoth March. You hike 62 miles within 24 hours. “What for?”, many people ask. “For charity?” No! I have to add that
I have very bad knees. They’re already hurting.
I also have bad feet. That’s also why I wasn’t in the military.
Because of my feet. So it’s absolutely nuts
to even think about doing this. So, what do we have here? Bananas. They’re a bit heavy. So we’ll eat them in advance. Kluntje. Supposed to be sucked. Gives a lot of energy.
An old East Frisian remedy. Here… all performance food. Everything for best performance. – Yeah, that’s our food. For the next… …26 hours.
– For the next 2 hours, tops. – We just realized… …that the few things lying on top here is all the food we’ve got. For 24 hours. – But aren’t we getting some
warm soup in the evening? – It’s way too little. – I think it’s good that we’re doing this,
but it’s really a completely bad idea. – And that’s why
we asked my brother to join us. So that he can support us.
– Thilo seems like a wild card to me. With him, you never know.
He could be wearing golden leggings today. Or he could be all reasonable. The hottest day of the year so far. Might as well hike 62 miles today. Is that all you brought? Hi!
– Well? What did you bring?
– Well, pasta and everything! Pasta? Don’t we need them? Did you bring a camp stove?
– No. Nobody will see them. But they’re full. I’m afraid we haven’t
brought enough food. My favorite activity: standing in line. Is that alright? Will we see our plastic bags ever again? There’s your cliffhanger! What’s happening, Uke? The first group will now head that way. We’re in the third group. We’ll start at 4 pm, so we
keep on baking in the sun for now. Maybe go pee before we head out. Then we’re all set.
I’m just glad that we’re not first. Because, well… The directions aren’t really helpful. I prefer following other people.
I’m more a follower than a leader. I don’t want to carry any responsibility. Everybody’s following you.
And if you take a wrong turn? What happens then? It’s five more minutes until we start. Are you motivated?
– I’m genuinely motivated. I’m seriously stoked now, although
my knees are already complaining. “What on earth? No!” “Walking to the store was bad already.” “Why do we have to do this crap now, too?” But I’m really up to it. – 62 miles are ahead of us.
Do you think you’ll make it to the end? No way. Realistically…
– Once more. Of course you will, right?
– 6.2 miles are the 62 miles of the common man. Let’s see… Here… everything’s red. We are here.
First, we’ll go right. Then, basically, along the lake. Right. First along this lake,
then this way along that lake. The first way station is already at 10 miles? It’s 4 pm now.
– Yes. It’s our turn.
– Exactly. Alright, countdown! 10, 9, 8… 7, 6, 5, 4… 3, 2, 1, go! Yeah, it’s less than 62 miles now! Awesome!
– We did it! It’s less than 62 miles now
that are still ahead of us. Only 61 more miles.
– Why is he carrying a piece of wood? Have yo already met someone, Holger?
Uh, Ingo– Thimo? Thilo?
– No, but… From what I’m seeing now,
maybe later. Found someone interesting?
– Yes! I also spotted some people
I’d love to talk to. The guy with the stick! – Why is he carrying that stick? We’ve now been hiking for two hours. And my body is already complaining,
like my knee here now, and the fourth toe on my left foot. What about them?
– Something’s off. – What about you? Any problems? – Knees are good. The ibuprofen helps. But the balls of the feet hurt a little. Luckily you lotioned them good!
– I lotioned them. But I guess I will have
to put a band-aid on them soon. Just in case. – For me, it’s my right knee as well. It hurts a little. – The ground is steeper here.
– But it’s alright so far. I can already feel the watery blisters forming under my feet.
– Yes, me too. We’ll be back in an hour or so. Or if something incredible happens! – I could shove you into those nettles. – No, thanks. We’re now here at the public lake Müggelsee. And there’s the first way station! – But we move right on, right?
– We move right on? What did we just eat?
– Oh, it was fantastic! It was just so tasty!
We had… milk bread rolls, a handful pretzel sticks… – Tasty though.
– And a tasty banana. And a choco– no, cereal bar.
But not by Corny. You see, only the best.
Strange thing is, it helped. Highly motivated. I’m motivated again.
– How much further until the next station? Only about 17– 16 miles. How many miles? Only 17– What? – 10 and then 5 more. So, we just turned here. Here. So we did about 15.5 miles so far. 15.5 miles?
– Yes. That much. – Everything hurts. This reminds me of the march
of the hobbits and the orcs. How they get dragged along. Like, the way we’re coming out there.
– The way we’re getting out there! That’s great. And we’re walking one by one,
just like the hobbits. It’s awesome here.
– It’s really pretty here, right? The small bridge here. With nettles everywhere. So dark. – Looking forward to
another round of ibuprofen. – Yes, I’m looking forward to it too. I hope they kick in really hard. Is it that time again?
We’re getting our ibuprofen soon! – After how many hours? Quarter to the hour.
– I see! At quarter to the hour
we’re getting ibuprofen again! “Different world.. adventure, oh!” Adventure! When did it get so bright again? Oh, we’re out of the woods, that’s why. Are you still here?
– I’m here. Good.
– I’m still here. I’m losing my mind here. – I feel it too, but it feels good somehow. Quiet madness. Uke, it’s getting dark.
– Yes. I can’t read the map anymore. I’m slightly pissed.
I wanted to get some beef jerky. Would have taken 5 minutes, tops. But Gunnar says
“No, we need to move on!” That might have been
our biggest mistake so far. A quick walk to the grocery store
would have taken 5 minutes, and we’d all be happily
eating jerky now. We all would have benefited from that. But no, we better wait two more hours
until we get something to eat. With “something” being his shitty pasta. – But we’re getting ibuprofen now! That’s not good on an empty stomach. – You don’t have an empty stomach.
You’ve just eaten something. – Yeah, a cereal bar. Let’s go! Where we headed? Ow, ow, ow… Beer and vodka everywhere, ow. Where’s that fucking food stall? Uke, how’re you doing?
It’s midnight soon. – Let’s put it like this… Since I didn’t get my jerky, I ate a kebab with fries instead. That wasn’t the smartest idea. Now my stomach hurts a little. We soon reach the next… …way station. With its bananas. Cereal bars, water… What else? Milk bread rolls. Maybe we’ll sit down for a while, right? Really intense. 27 miles. Are you alright? I think right now some blood is
getting back into my feet. Like a pollen basket. Thilo is opening the prosecco!
– Let’s toast to our success. Look, it comes even with a popping cork. – A small prosecco, right? – How far did we come so far?
– 27 miles. For that we got our first bag back. What’s in your surprise bag? – The prosecco was in my bag.
– And what else? – A bottle of apple fizz by Fritz! – My bag is pretty cool too. More highlights incoming. Uke, how are you doing? – Actually, before I sat down here, everything was okay. But now I can hardly walk. – The break killed it. – What happened?
Now my feet hurt really badly. – Maybe you can walk it out.
How about you? – I said from the beginning
that we shouldn’t take breaks. – No, you didn’t.
– Yes, I did! Seriously?
– The next station is only 9 miles from here. – Only 9 miles? Well, let’s just move on.
We’ll see how that goes. But it’s not…
– It’s not looking that good. – Doesn’t look too good.
Everything hurts right now. What about you?
– Yes, the same for me. My feet hurt, the blisters…
– That’s really the problem. The blisters are the problem!
– They didn’t hurt before! – They now had time to unfold. – We’ll be back soon, right?
Let’s just move on now. Ow, I can’t go any longer.
– You’re giving up? We reached 31 miles. Uke, wait.
I can’t walk that fast anymore. Something with–
Something’s wrong with my tendons. What about you?
You’re not giving up? – I’ll be walking a bit further, I guess. – Really?
– Yes. – Okay. You can do it, Thilo.
We believe in you! You’re on your own now! I’m so sorry! – Haha, alright.
– I’m sorry. – It’s alright. – You can do it!
– I can do it. – Do it! All the best to you! – All the best.
– And thanks for the magazine. – You’re welcome. Take good care of it. – See you, Thilo. It was a good time with you!
– See you. – We just can’t make it.
– Next year again, right? – Bye! Until next time. – You were and still are a good team!
– Next year we’ll be doing better. Take care! Now we’re headed for the train? I just can’t walk anymore. Who would have thought that
I’m the one giving up first? – I actually feel fine again.
– Don’t say that! – It’s just my stomach that hurts.
– My tendons, godamnit. – If you only had let me get my beef jerky! – Are you giving up?! – No way! Just going to the kiosk.
No way we’re giving up… I don’t have a train ticket.
– I’ll take you to my apartment. – That’s nice.
– I can’t let you go home by yourself. – Yes, I’ll come to your apartment.
– Yes. We’re not done yet. The biggest challenge. The stairs. To the fifth floor. Damn shoes. My feet. Holy shit. – What an enormous blister! – It’s really big. – So that’s the end of
the Mammoth March for Uke and me. – It was really great.
– Highly recommended! – Everybody should do that some time.
It’s really fun. – And do the whole 62 miles. – Definitely! And treat yourself at the food booth! You deserved it. – Bye. How are you, Gunnar? I can’t move at all. I just want to cry. And scream. It just isn’t fair. Would I recommend
hiking a trail of 62 miles? If you’re fit, a good walker, and looking for a challenge
that will change your life forever, then I’d tell you: Are you nuts? No way you should do that!
It’s way too intense!