Scotland

Torridon Hills: Liathach and Mullach an Rathan

Background - Liathach

Liathach is probably the most famous of the Torridon Hills, a cluster of mountains located in a remote section of the Western Highlands on the Atlantic Coast side of Scotland. Meaning The Grey One in Scottish Gaelic, Liathach dwarfs the tiny hamlet of Torridon, its slopes rising near vertically in a series …

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Scotland’s TGO Challenge Gear List – 2013

Walkers heading for Ben Macdui - The highest Peak on our Route

I am flying to Scotland in less than two weeks to participate in the TGO Challenge, backpacking across the country for 15 days. I’ll be accompanied on this hike by two teammates, Martin Rye from Northern England and Grant Sible from Austin, Texas. This will be Grant’s first Challenge hike, …

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TGO Challenge Route Plan Highlights – 2013

Derry Cairngorm

Martin Rye, Grant Sible and I have been planning our Scotland coast-to-coast backpacking route for the past month. We’ll be walking together as a team in the 2013 TGO Challenge this May, an annual backpacking event, where 300 hikers hike from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland …

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Scotland’s TGO Challenge

Ruthven Barracks at Dawn

The TGO Challenge is an annual backpacking event held in Scotland that requires participants to hike coast-to-coast across Scotland, about 200 miles in 15 days. This is very challenging because hiking across the mountain ranges and moors of Scotland is very rugged and remote, requiring navigational expertise, mountain walking experience …

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Onto a New Challenge!

Western Scotland near Glen Feshie

Big news last week – I got onto the TGO Challenge for May 2013, a coast-to-coast cross-country backpack across Scotland. This is an annual event where 300 hikers cross the country during the same 15-day period using different routes that they’ve defined themselves. About 200 miles in length, this hike …

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Remembering a Great Journey

Map of Scotland

I am an emotional dishrag. I gave a talk this week, at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston, about my hike across Scotland last year in the TGO Challenge. The talk went great. I had an audience of 60 people and they had to kick us out of the auditorium …

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TGO Challenge Gear System Review

Zpacks.com Blast 32 Backpack

Major Gear System Changes I made some pretty big changes to my gear list for The Challenge this year, replacing leather boots with trail runners, swapping in an ultralight cuben fiber backpack, using chlorine dioxide tablets for water purification instead of a filter-based purifier, and carrying some new electronics. All …

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TGO Challenge Trip Report – Part 3

  Descending Muckle Cairn to Glen Lee, Day 11 From the Hills to the Sea After wild camping at Shielin of Mark, I started the last phase of my journey across Scotland, leaving the hills and mountains behind and walking through glen and farmland to the sea. I was sad …

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TGO Challenge Trip Report – Part 2

Western Scotland near Glen Feshie

The Magnificent Trees of Glen Feshie, Day 8 The Cairngorms to Shielin of Mark Looking back on my Challenge crossing this year, the most exciting days for me were the 3 days following my zero day in Kinguissie where I walked down Glen Feshie, past the Linn of Dee, climbing …

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