Friday, 25 January 2013
TGO Challenge 2013 – A Route is Born
This week I finally got round to drafting a route for the backpack that takes place between 10 and 23 May. Whilst it’s my seventh Challenge, I’ve managed to restrict any duplication with previous routes to just 3 km along the north shore of Loch Monar, where the route intersects my 2007 route.
Moreover, of the 360 km (225 miles) that I’ll be walking, only about 20 km will have seen the soles of my boots before, so it’s pretty much all new ground.
I could surmise… ‘if I haven’t been there before, are these places really worth visiting?’ but time will only tell. There’s a bit too much tarmac towards the end, but at least it’s ‘fresh’ tarmac.
My route is basically …. Plockton > Struy > Inverness > Grantown-on-Spey > Huntly > Turriff > Kinnaird Head (Frazerburgh), including around 11,500 metres ascent (6 Munros, 1 Corbett, 2 Grahams, 3 Marilyns, and 11 other hills). It should be fun, but encounters with other Challengers may be something of a rarity!
Update: By 1 February my route had been returned, duly vetted. I got a map reference wrong, and have apparently chosen an aircraft wreck on which to pitch my tent at one point! I hope the cockpit is intact! See you in Montrose…