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I ripped my Paramo jacket a few weeks ago and handed it in to Hilltrek in Aboyne for repair. I picked it up yesterday afternoon and, as the sun was shining and I had a couple of hours to spare, I thought that I’d have a wee walk in Glen Tanar. We don’t live that […]

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Many Challengers and prospective Challengers will have read Andy Howell’s sound advice on TGO Challenge Preparation. However, a glaring omission in Andy’s guides is that there is no mention of the local Scottish delicacies, such as haggis and Forfar bridies, that you may come across as you traverse Scotland. I won’t write here about the […]

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TGOC 2015: Some Challenger blogs

I’ve put together a list of blogs from 2015 Challengers – this is almost certainly incomplete so if you have a blog that I’ve missed, please let me know and I’ll add it. There seem to be fewer blogs this year than in previous years, which suggests that I’ve missed quite a few. This year, […]

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I didn’t keep a day-to-day diary of my crossing from Lochailort to Stonehaven but was inspired to write a few (reasonably short) blog posts. Here’s a list: My Challenge route from Lochailort to Stonehaven  My initial planned route. I more of less kept to it except for around Loch Rannoch where I followed the forest tracks […]

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One of the handy things you get from reading blog posts is hints and tips from other Challengers.  So, to save folks falling asleep looking for useful information amongst while reading my deathless prose, I’ve distilled some things I learned this year into a short list. 1.  Printing maps on waterproof paper REALLY works. I […]

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As I wrote after last year’s Challenge, I’m not one for astronaut food. I don’t like eating out of foil bags, I find the food bland and I am particularly averse to paying high prices for this stuff. I prefer to think ahead about food, cook using readily available ingredients and eat in cafes and […]

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It is now 2 weeks since I got back from the 2015 TGO Challenge, when I walked from Lochailort to Stonehaven. I blogged about my route when I planned it and, more or less, stuck to the planned route. I didn’t do a hill on Day 3 as it was chucking it down so I […]

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On Tuesday 12th May, I set off for Spean Bridge on the first of 3 days walk to Blair Atholl. The rain started as I walked up the Lairig Leachach and I was glad of the wee bothy for lunch. I followed the path to the head of Loch Treig where I read a notice […]

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My 2015 Challenge in 10 photos

Rather than a trip diary, I thought that I’d try to sum up my 2015 TGO Challenge in 10 photos.  I decided on 10 photos deliberately so that this couldn’t just be 1 photo per day – it forced me to be quite ruthless in editing the images I’d taken.  These are not the 10 […]

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I think that this is the first gear review I have ever written. I don’t have or buy much outdoor gear and most of the stuff I have is pretty standard (e.g. Montane Terra pants) and there’s nothing much I can say about it that hasn’t been said before. However, this year for the TGO […]

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