It's true. Lord Elpus and I have been well and truly vetted - in the first case by our 'official' vetter and in the second by our 'unofficial' vetter.
Now our first vetter (the 'official' one) is a Flying Dutchman - well - he's Dutch and he flies along. I have had the pleasure of walking with Bert on a number of occasions - we both started challenging back in '95, when Bert binned his uncomfortable boots after a few days and bought a new pair of KSB's in Ft Bill to carry on with. He is built like a racehorse and does routes that make your eyes water and nose bleed. But apart from that, he is married to a wonderful woman who ensures that he does take the occasional drink to slow him down to warp speed to allow lesser mortals to cling on to his laces to keep up.
Bert has made some helpful comments:"You will hardly meet any Challengers for about a week before and after Inverness"... Sounds like a lovely walk then... "Occasional very wet and boggy sections for two days" followed by "occasional very wet and boggy bits".
It all sounds terrifyingly familiar to Phil's usual routes then...
Our second 'unofficial' vetter has just sent us his own route. This chap has a reputation for cheerfulness and being happy in his own skin. We seem to be passing a few hostelries at the same time. Let's just hope he remembers his shorts as there is one particular hotel at Dinnet where I have only just been allowed back - it would be terrible to be barred again! Hopefully his wonderful wiff will keep him on the straight and narrow. The Scots are a charming race well known for their hospitality but even they cover up their naughty bits with the kilt.