CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 20 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 4.4.20

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 20 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 4.4.20 BLOG Monday 6th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 20 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Saturday 4.4.20

Today is a disappointing day. The whole family were due to go to Holt near Cromer in Norfolk, in a large self-catering house. The occasion was to celebrate my birthday later in the week. Sadly, the holiday has of course had to be called off. The good news is the holiday company has agreed to transfer the payment and holiday to the same week 2021.

But when I awoke this morning and faced my disappointment, I thought I can do what many self-isolators are doing. I can become part of the virtual society and take a virtual holiday.

I can go on Google Maps Satellite or Street view and follow the route in real time. Then, once there I can go and look at the sea and seaside using the webcams at Blakeney and Cromer. Then I can even move on to  Great Yarmouth and Sherringham.

A perfect way to spend a week of my self-isolation.

But then I thought again in-depth about it and thought maybe not.

In life in general and well before Coronbobs came along to disrupt it I loved setting targets to see if I could achieve them. I get a buzz from it.

That has escalated during self-isolation as I’d hate to think my life was just passing me by wasting away without me achieving things.

People are finding many, many different and original ways to pass their time in isolation. Today on the news I learned about a guy who has so inspired me and done something I now want to achieve,

By climbing his stairs regularly in his house, he has climbed the equivalent of the 29,000 ft the height of Mount Everest. These are the facts:

  1. Height Mt Everest 29,000 ft (8,848 metres)
  2. Climbed 41,000 stair steps
  3. Spent 6 hours a day working on it
  4. Spent 4 days

Here is the full story:

“Husband, 53, of frontline NHS worker climbs the height of Mount Everest by running up and down his stairs at home

The husband of a frontline NHS worker has completed an epic challenge for charity by climbing the height of the world’s tallest mountain inside his own house.

John Griffin climbed 8,850 vertical meters – the height of Mount Everest – on the stairs of his three-storey semi-detached home while in lockdown over a period of just four days.

The 53-year-old, who climbed for hours with a bag of frozen peas strapped to his leg, said it was the ‘hardest thing he had ever done’.

Mr Griffin did the challenge to raise cash for the Trussell Trust, which supports food banks across the UK.

The father of one began his challenge on March 31 and each morning – after getting his daughter started on her schoolwork – he would begin climbing the stairs.

Each ascent of Mr Griffin’s stairs took him 6.5m higher over 30 steps, so the challenge required him to complete 1363 ascents or 40,846 steps.

He completed the incredible effort in his semi-detached four-bedroom house in Shoreham, West Sussex, where he lives with his wife Niri, 45 who is a GP and his daughter Daisy, 11.

Speaking after the challenge he said: ‘It was quite a shock after the first day as to quite how strenuous it was.

‘I also obviously had to walk down the stairs each time as well – so funnily enough, I reached the bottom of Everest shortly after I reached the top.

‘That was actually one of the hardest parts because it puts a lot of strain on the back of your legs so sometimes, I would walk down the stairs backwards when it got too painful.

‘But still, what I have done pales in comparison when you look at the dedication of NHS workers like my wife. They work tirelessly to keep the rest of us safe.’

On the first day Mr Griffin, who is currently also setting up a vegan takeaway business, ascended 2020m in 6.5 hours.

In total, he was walking up and down his stairs for 29 hours and kept himself entertained by listening to BBC Radio 4.

Prior to the challenge, his biggest outdoor climb had been the 271m high Blackdown hill in the South Downs.

He said the hardest part came on day three when he started having an issue with his knee.

His wife suggested strapping a bag of peas to his leg to help and so he climbed for hours with the frozen veg attached to him – before having them with egg-fried rice for dinner that night.

He would stop for a drink of water and a snack every 306m – the equivalent height of the tallest building in the UK – the Shard.

The challenge was live-streamed on his Facebook page and he tracked his ascent via a computer programme a member of a coronavirus support page made for him.

He was accompanied part of the way by his dog loyal, but lazy, dog Houndslow and estimated he burned around 6,000 calories a day.

He added: ‘It was the hardest thing I have ever done by far. Waking up each morning and thinking ‘oh god I am doing it again.’ But I had lots of people relying on me so I just kept going.’

Mr Griffin completed the ascent a little ahead of schedule on April 3, exhausted and delighted he said ‘I am absolutely shattered, but I must thank my family, friends and neighbours for their support, encouragement and donations.

‘Now, I think I might move into my little office on the ground floor for a while.’

In total he has managed to raise nearly £2,000 for the Trussell Trust who support over 1,200 food bank centres across the UK, providing emergency food and support to people struggling to make ends meet.”

To me…


We have 13 steps on our stairs of 8 inches that is 9 feet a climb. As my office is upstairs, I probably do about 15 trips up them (and down of course but the downs don’t count). That’s an ascent of 135 foot a day. On that basis it would take me 215 days to climb 29,000 feet. If I start tomorrow that will take me to Friday 6th November and climb 135 foot (15 times) a day.


I am going to keep a full daily record of my trips upstairs to ensure I do it properly.

I wanted to set out an hour or two a day to traverse up and down stairs, to speed up my adventure but Mamma objected saying it would wear out her newly laid stair carpet. But you have to pass the time in self-isolation in some constructive way don’t you.





I like to think of life as an adventure, like a roller coaster. It helps with the ups and downs. – Eddie Izzard


Happiness is…climbing 29,000 feet via Mount Everest or the stairs



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Love is…never having second thoughts



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Country Confirmed cases  Deaths
1  Italy 128,948 15,887
2  Spain 131,646 12,641
3  US 337,638 9,647
4  France 93,774 8,093
5  UK 48,337 4,943
6  Iran 58,226 3,603
7  China 81,707 3,331
8  Netherlands 17,965 1,773
9  Germany 100,123 1,584
10  Belgium 19,691 1,447

Global cases         Updated 6 Apr at 07:54 local

Days Inc.

Confirmed            1,273,990              +70,891

Deaths                   69,444                   +4,670

Recovered             260,247                 +13,354


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