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Monday, 19 November 2012

TGO Challenge 2013: The route

Lord Elpus has far too much time on his hands. Almost as soon as we hear that Sierra has picked our names out of the Coordinator’s hat, our route sheet is winging its way to his inbox. And a fine route it is, too.

TGO 2013 ROUTE[CLICK MAP TO ENLARGE] 

As you can see, after a short sea cruise, we spend a considerable time wandering in a northerly direction before finally weakening and turning east. There are nine big hills included on the route (eight Munros and a Corbett) and, more importantly, two cheese and wine parties in the middle of sod all. Hopefully a few hardy souls will make it to join us at these delightful soirées.

17 comments:

  1. It looks a fine ramble that. A bit of up hill I see. What is the highest point then hoped for ?

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    1. Hi Martin
      The highest point, by a smidgeon, is Cac Carn Beag at 1155m, followed closely by Creag Meagaidh at 1130m.

      There will be more on this in a later post.
      :-)

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  2. So what's the route going to be if it's not foul weather. Ha

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    1. If it's stonkingly gorgeous, I have my eye on the eastern Mamores: either the pair of the Binneins or Na Gruagaichean and Binnean Mor. At the moment our route weaves through the bealach between the two Binneiens.
      :-)

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  3. Looks as if I have had a lucky let off — was playng around with a similar route myself!

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    1. There will be another year... You won't be able to escape forever!
      :-)

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  4. Looks like an interesting route. As I'm so far down the standby list, I'm thinking about some shorter backpacks during the challenge instead - at least one of them will probably involve dropping in to one of your cheese & wine parties :-)

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    1. Good man, Alistair!
      The venues are more remote this year - back to the spirit of the "Waters of Eunice"
      :-)

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    2. Ah, will there be spirits as well as wine then?

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  5. I HAD been planning the same start point - but by no means the same route.....oh, well, next time......

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    1. You must call in on the Cheese & Wine Parties, Laura.
      x

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  6. Looks like a great route! While I toyed with the idea of putting my names in for the TGO I have instead decided to strike out on my own across Scotland about a month ahead of the TGO. Thinking of walking in Hamish Brown's footsteps and following the route he descirbed back in 1990 in "Scotland Coast-to-Coast" (Glen Shiel to Arbroath). With all your experience, wondered if you think this is still a viable route? Looks like it on digital maps but may not be on the ground. Wishing you a great and safe Challenge 2013!

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    1. Thanks Alan! Very much appreciated.

      As I'm going solo there will be no gender balance issues for me. :-)

      Tim

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  7. That looks an excellent route, Alan, if a bit predictable after Newtonmore! You'll certainly find it sociable...

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    1. Newtonmore? If we find ourselves in Newtonmore we'll be seriously misplaced.
      We're cutting across to the Minigaig and then to the Corbett Leathad an Taobhain and then bouncing along the tops to Carn an Fhidleir, so I'm not sure that our route should be described as "predictable," Martin.
      It's not exaclty "predictable" after Tarfside, either. Lord Elpus will be rather upset if he sees this comment after all his hard work plotting this fine route.
      :-(

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