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Friday, 18 January 2013

TGO Challenge 2002

Found! Another set of TGO Challenge pictures, from my eighth crossing in 2002, when I walked from Glenelg to St Cyrus with Mick Coady. We got in from the standby list with a few days to go and so camped all the way across, not having had time to book any accommodation. It was quite a good route with long wild stretches and we had some “interesting weather” which is why there a few days missing, as the camera was inside the rucksack.
 
Mick broke his ankle on the way in to Tarfside towards the end of Day 12. He used his walking poles as crutches whilst I carried his pack, but in the end he had to abandon the walk and went off to hospital, not happy!
 
They’re not very good quality pictures as they are the digital version that Boots used to do when you had your film developed but they bring back happy memories.
 

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    1. Sorry about that Louise.
      I stills struggle with Skydrive - it's not very intuitive! I hope it's available now.
      :-)

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    2. Nope. Still wants me to login with a Microsoft account.

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  2. Hi Alan I hope your feeling ok.
    Like Louise I can't see the pics, Skydrive is asking me to sign in.

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    1. D'oh
      I've had another fiddle (Bloody Microsoft!)
      It's really tricky - but maybe this time it's sorted?
      Could someone let me know?
      Ta...
      :-(

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    2. Praise Be!
      Thank you, Gibson!
      I only use Skydrive because it allows a big chunk f free storage, but it must rank as the most hopelessly unintuitive bit of software from Microsoft yet! I'm still not sure why it didn't work, but I have pressed and changed so may bit & pieces that I'm not sure I'll be able to replicate it again!

      Strange - as the other Skydrive links I have used in the past all worked okay.... (Or did they?)

      :-)

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  3. I shouldn't have looked. It gets me all over excited.
    Ooo er!!

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    1. And relax...
      There'll be no more TGO Challenge pictures now - as earlier Challenges were all taken on roll film and the pictures are stuck in photo albums.

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  4. Nice pics Al, the photo you took of yourself at St Cyrus made me laugh!

    JJ

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    1. Did you notice how small Pete shepherd was then? He was tiny!
      My, how he has grown!

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  5. Good pictures - doesn't everyone look young!

    I must say you've certainly had your money's worth out of those black leggings!

    Norma

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    1. You should see the pictures from 1995!
      We wuz children, we wuz!
      I was a repeat purchaser of Polartec tights as they develop cigarette burn holes remarkably quickly, but, worse than that, they turn to a purplish hue after a year or so. A chap can't go walking in purple strides! Especially if he looks like Max Wall.

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    1. Sorry about that, Geoff.

      I still haven't worked out why it wouldn't let people see them when the settings were the same for all the other albums...
      Ho hum!

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  7. Good to see these, Alan.

    Touch of the Dorian Gray about then and now: you don't seem to have changed much at all.

    Must be the vintage wine!

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  8. Gordon
    That's very sweet of you, but it's Phil who has the picture in his attic.
    :-)

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    1. Go on. Admit it. You want a pair.
      And knowing your predilection for gear, you'll not stop at the one pair and you'll be adding pockets and a fly and making slightly longer to fit over your boots - widening the cut to make them slightly more dashing.
      Then there will be belt loops and before you know it you'll have invented trousers!
      :-)

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  10. We loved that Glenelg start. And, yes, weren't we sprightly and young then. We remember that first camp site and wish we had joined you for that wine!
    Lou and Phyl

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    1. Hello you two!
      And you're both still lovely and sprightly!
      You're right; Glenelg is a lovely start, but I remember climbing up that bealach in the cloud as a nightmare! Strange that, as time is usually a great healer but that particular clamber was muddy and bleak!

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  11. Love them! And also well remember Boots and their didgeree-doo conversions. They dealt with all my '99 pix from the GR11 - and kicked them out at high-resolution. Ah, those were the daze . . .

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    1. Humph
      Can you email a few of your pics from that trip? Preferably those with you, showing what you're wearing. I'm working on a post on clothing at the moment.
      Ta
      :-)

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  12. Brilliant Alan. I'm surprised you didn't both retire with gout! You look just the same as you do today btw. Must be the clothes!

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    1. You *do* now how to cheer a gurl up, Sweetie! The beard and hair had a bit more colour back then.

      I wore that Paramo jacket last Friday, as it is warmer than the newer versions and I think more likely to be more weather proof, as the pump liner is thicker than the new versions.

      When Paramo started reducing the weights of the pump liner and the outer shell coincided with the waterproofing problems.
      :-(

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