During the depths of the long winter that has now burst into Spring, a somnolent Austrian, unable due to work commitments to take his usual place on the TGO Challenge, busied himself by poring over maps of Scotland. He devised a trek from Cramond, which some may argue is not a suburb of Edinburgh, to Cape Wrath, which is about as far as you can go in that direction.
Markus’s stroll is planned to cover 574 km (359 miles), with about 21,100 metres of ascent, over a period of 23 days.
It is a tough route, but Markus is a tough chap. He is up for the Challenge.
By popular request I have put details of Markus’s route on a web page here. He has promised to let me know how he is getting on, so that the ‘Actual’ rows strategically placed below each day’s route description do not remain forever blank.
He last reported in on his journey from Dornbirn to Munich, from where his journey deposits him in Edinburgh this evening.
So he should be making his way from a plush Edinburgh hotel to Cramond during the course of tomorrow morning, to start his very own ‘Caledonian Trail’.
Good Luck, Markus.
[The above image shows the view I expect to have of Markus for a few days after I join him at Aberfeldy on ‘Day 6’. I must be mad!]