TGO Challenge 2014

Woohoo! I'm on the TGO Challenge for 2014 :-)
(Ignore the stats above, actual distance walked approx 373km with 6,923m of ascent)

For those who don't know what the challenge is about here's some info from the Challenge site:

The TGO Challenge is an annual self-supported walking event across the Highlands of Scotland, west coast to east coast. It started in 1980 and was the brainchild of the well-known writer and mountaineer, Hamish Brown. The Challenge is held every May and is sponsored by TGO, the walkers' magazine, in partnership with Rab, the outdoor equipment specialist, and the adventure trekking company Himalayan Kingdoms.

Challengers are responsible for planning their own routes; all routes are checked by experienced vetters, who offer comments which may assist in final planning. Routes can be high or low level or a mixture of both. This flexibility in the route you take, combined with the large geographical area available, is one of the unique features of the Challenge.

There are 12 permitted start points on the west coast. They are: Ardrishaig, Oban, Acharacle, Lochailort, Arisaig, Mallaig,Glenelg, Shiel Bridge, Dornie, Strathcarron, Plockton, Torridon. You can finish anywhere between Fraserburgh and Arbroath in the east, but all participants have to report to our control centre in Montrose once they have finished.

Another important point is that the Challenge is entirely non-competitive. A maximum of 15 days is allowed for the crossing. Most people take between 12 and 14 days to cross, and the average length for a crossing is about 180 miles.

I'll be walking with Peter (@Munro277) and Lee (@Leerockwell15). Not much else to post at the moment, our route is still in the planning stage and then needs to be vetted so no doubt a few changes will be required. 

I've started this page just to collate all challenge related posts, I'll update with route info, kit lists etc as I post them.


Related posts:

29 January 2014 - Route returned

30 January 2014 - Route vetted

17 March 2014 - Route map and gear update

7 April 2014 - Gear list

8 May 2014 - Packed and ready to go

24 May 2014 - Home

5 June 2014 - Photo's - Part 1

13 June 2014 - Photo's - Part 2

28 September 2014 - Photo's - Part 3

27 October 2014 - Photo's - Flickr Album

28 May 2014 - Video - Part 1

6 June 2014 - Video - Part 2

25 June 2014 - Video - Part 3

4 July 2014 - Video - Part 4

11 December 2014 - Video - TGO Time-lapse

Part 1:


  1. Hope it's going well Matt, I see you're camped at Loch Cruoshie for night one, that's our 4th night stop for the CWT later in the year. Broken cloud and light rain for Sunday

  2. Congratulations on completing the TGO, I've been following your progress daily. I really must do it one year!

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