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Map Check enroute to Lochnagar, Scotland 2010

Hiking and Backpacking in Scotland: What to Expect and Recommended Skills

Hiking and Backpacking in Scotland: What to Expect and Recommended Skills from I always get nostalgic about backpacking in Scotland when I give presentations about my experiences backpacking coast-to-coast in the TGO Challenge. While it’s only been 5 months since Martin Rye and I hiked from Torridon to Montrose, it already seems like it’s […]

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Maol Chean-dearg

Hiking from Strathcarron to Torridon

Strathcarron in Western Scotland is one of those Highland railway stops where you can literally leave the train platform and hike up into the mountains. Surrounded by a tiny hamlet with just a few homes, the only real business nearby is a pub and B&B called the Strathcarron Hotel, which has good food and comfortable […]

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Crossing a Scottish Peat Bog

How to Hike Across Peat Bogs: Fear No Moor

We don’t have peat bogs in the continental United States and it’s difficult to learn the skills for safely hiking across them in Scotland, England and other parts of the world without first-hand experience. While you can avoid peat bogs and stay on well-defined paths or tracks that circle around them, you are missing out […]

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Coire Fionnaraich Bothie

Bothies and Baked Beans

Mountain bothies are small buildings that can be used by hikers and backpackers as shelters or a place to get out of bad weather and warm up. Many are old buildings on hunting estates that the owners have set aside for use by walkers and are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association, an organization that […]

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Isaac at the Devil's Point

TGO Challenge 2013 Trip Report – Part 2

Days 7-13 (goto Part 1) Although our stay in Aviemore was brief – just the one night – it was good to get a hot shower, dry out my gear, and refuel at the Indian Restaurant next to the Youth Hostel. Aviemore has a well-stocked Tesco supermarket in town, making it an excellent spot for […]

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Dipping our Toes into the Sea - Loch Torridon

TGO Challenge 2013 Trip Report – Part 1

I got back from the UK a few days ago after a 3 week hiking trip which included backpacking across Scotland with my friend Martin Rye in the 2013 TGO Challenge and a trip to the Lake District to visit Heather and Alan Rhodes of Pacerpole. I had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go […]

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