Trip Reports

Days 5-7: Fort Augustus to Kingussie

TGO Route PLan

Days 5-7: TGO Challenge Route Plan 2010 During the first 4 days of my route plan, I kept my daily mileage low to acclimate to the local environment and build in a hedge against bad weather which is common in Western Scotland. On days 5-7, I hope to dial up …

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Days 3 & 4: Affric Lodge to Fort Augustus

TGO Route PLan

    Days 3 & 4: TGO Challenge Route Plan (2010) On days 3 and 4 of my hike, I’m going to be walking cross-country to Fort Augustus which is located at the southern end of Loch Ness. I’ll spend the night there in a B&B, get cleaned up, and …

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Day 2: Alltbeithe Youth Hostel to Loch Affric

TGO Route PLan

  Day 2 : TGO Challenge Route Plan (2010) After breaking camp somewhere between Alltbeithe Youth Hostel and Carnach Mor, I continue along the northern side of River Affric passing Allt Coire Ghaidheil (NH108208) and several ruins on the other side of the river, arriving at Cnoc Fada (NH124209) at …

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Day 1: Shiel Bridge to Alltbeithe Youth Hostel

TGO Route PLan

  Introduction As I’ve mentioned before, the TGO Challenge is a 14 day coast-to-cost walk across Scotland running from May 14th – May 29th, 2010. I’ve been accepted into this year’s event from a field of international applicants. I’m in the final stages of planning my cross-country route, but before …

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Hikers Guide to Gaelic Mapping Words

Off Trail in Scotland

If you want to hike in Scotland, you need to learn some basic Gaelic words so you can read a map. The maps of Scotland published by the UK’s Ordnance Survey are full of Gaelic place names like Lairg Ghru, Beinn Bhreas, and Monadh Mor. Once translated, these names can …

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TGO Challenge Route Plan: Version 10

Shielin of Mark Bothy, Scotland

Here is a working draft of my 2010 TGO Challenge Route across Scotland. I realize that this probably just looks like a bunch of Gaelic place names right now, but I’ll be expanding the detail considerably over the next few weeks, with hyperlinks, photos, maps, and historical information to make …

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Climbing Mt Tom in Winter

Yesterday, naturegirl and I drove up to the Whites to climb Mt Tom (4,051 ft), a four thousand footer, near the entrance to Crawford Notch. We wanted to beat the blizzard that is raging now across southern New England and get a climb in before civilization comes to a halt …

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Metacomet to Monadnock Trail: The Notch to The Summit House

I went on a surprisingly difficult 9 mile ridge walk (cumulative elevation of about 3,500 ft) on the section of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail yesterday that traverses The Seven Sisters and most of the Holyoke Range in Western Massachusetts. The Metacommet-Monadnock Trail is a 114 mile long distance hiking trail maintained …

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Lakes of the Clouds Hut, Mt Washington

Lakes of the Clouds Hut

The Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located at about 5,000 ft elevation on the southwest side of Mt Washington (6,288 ft.) and is named for the alpine tarns located next to it – the Lakes of the Clouds.This hut is a popular rest stop for hikers climbing the Ammonoosuc …

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Skookumchuck on Ice

I have two short sections of the Appalachian Trail left in New Hampshire and had hoped to complete one of them this weekend, a 2.7 mile stretch (requiring 14 miles of hiking) from the Skookumchuck Trail at the northern foot of Mt. Lafayette (5,260 ft) to Mt Garfield (4,500 ft). …

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