Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The TGO Challenge 2012

The outline of Martin and Sue's 2012 TGOC route

Here’s a first glimpse of the route across Scotland, from Ardrishaig to Aberdeen, that Sue and I have plotted for this year’s TGO Challenge.  It was vetted, a few weeks ago, by Alan Hardy, who made some helpful observations as to antiquities we may encounter en route, but no adjustments to the straightforward route were necessary.

It’s quite long, at almost 400 km (250 miles) nearly 50 km longer than we’ve done before, but with only about 11,500 metres of ascent it’s rather less undulating than any of my/our previous crossings.  Some 20 ‘hills’ are included, but some of these are small protuberances that don’t appear on any ‘list’, and just 2 Munros and 1 Corbett are planned.  One of the Munros is Schiehallion, on 17 May, in relation to which I’ve agreed to write a short essay for the Munro Society, who are compiling a 10th Anniversary Anthology of ascents of all the Munros in the period from 1st January to 30th September 2012.  So we’ll be pleased to see anyone up there around 11.30 to 12.30 on 17 May.  Medical Supplies and Shortbread will be available.  You could even leg it over from Alan Sloman’s cheese and wine party a couple of days earlier, but we’ll be setting off from Bunrannoch House at around 8 am.

I’ve still not tidied up the blog postings and photos from last year’s Challenge, but the following images provide a flavour.

Firstly, after walking 30 km up Glen Feshie and over to the Linn of Dee, my companion, ‘Poor Michael’, collapsed in a heap, to be greeted by Judith Barnes, on her way down to Mar Lodge.  “Where are you going?” asked Judith, who then seemed puzzled by my response - “Ballater”, as we headed up Glen Lui towards Derry Lodge!

Judith and 'Poor Michael' in Glen Lui

Cheese and wine features strongly on the Challenge, and the participation of Mr Sloman is not compulsory.  A few days later, at Water of Aven (near Mount Battock) ‘Poor Michael’ and I were joined by Roger Boston, and brother and sister, Markus and Silke – all the way from Austria, for an impromptu gathering in blinding sunshine at ‘Chez Phreerunner’.

Cheese and wine on the TGO Challenge

Happy Days – two of many…

Our 2011 route plan, and links to all my TGO Challenge routes and reports, albeit requiring a bit of editing, can be found here.

Now then, the rain is easing; where shall I go today?


Louise said...

Oo! Looks like our paths might cross somewhere around Braemar/Ballater maybe. Montrose obviously if not! See you there.

Phreerunner said...

Louise, we are in Braemar on Sunday 20 May and in Ballater the following day. Hope to see you then, if not - Montrose.

Louise said...

Snap! Now that's what I call planning :-)

Phreerunner said...

Great - see you there.

Gayle said...

Looks like we'll be missing you (and Louise) in Braemar and Ballater as we'll be passing through a day ahead of you. So, we won't see you until Montrose (unless you're not getting to Montrose until the Friday, by which time we'll have been and gone).

(Whilst on the subject of meeting, and in case you didn't see the comment I left on my blog, we will see you in Taddington on Sunday.)

Martin Rye said...

Looks a good route Martin. Hope the weather is better this year. Enjoy the TGO and happy new year BTW.

Phreerunner said...

See you in Montrose, Gayle (and in Taddington), and thanks Martin, it looks like being a busy year.

Alan Sloman said...

I am assuming, from looking at that route, that Sue is now fully recovered?

Or is this a devilish plot involving increased insurance premiums?

Heartless, it is: Heartless!

Phreerunner said...

Sue is much better, thanks, Alan, but still unable to carry a rucksack. She will have shortbread though. And waterproofs. Heartless?!

Roger B said...

It looks as if we could be meeting on Schiehallion as well as at the start! Medicine and shortbread sounds good.

Phreerunner said...

That's great, Roger. This is going to be a very sociable Challenge, I think. With lots of shortbread. And daily Medical Supplies.