The Challenge Coordinators requested a little while ago that I did not include maps of my routes in my write-ups anymore as they've found that some Challengers have cribbed the route entirely and presented it as their own for scrutiny by the Vetters. I would point out that this negates the whole point of the Challenge. The Challenge is surely to design a route yourself that you think will be close to the edge of your abilities, in terms of navigation, self-reliance and fitness. This means that when you arrive at the east coast you will have an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.
Quite a few have slavishly copied my routes and found to their cost that they were either way too difficult for them, or conversely not much of a Challenge at all! (The latter group will be the incredibly fit but clinically lazy Challengers...)
My route this year, as explained in the previous posts, was designed so that I could struggle across Scotland with a low blood count, a sackful of prescription drugs, a complete absence of any fitness and very tender stomach muscles still knitting themselves back together having been cut wide open barely three months previously.
If you do decide to slavishly plagiarise this route I can assure you the Vetters will spot it, and you will be asked to resubmit a route of your own design. In all likelihood you'll probably find it a little tame, even though I found it an incredible struggle.
There. Now you're told! So, be good, sit up straight at the back, and let's get on with the walk.
So with the preamble out of the way you can see from the map that this day should hold no terrors for anyone thinking of taking on the TGO Challenge. If it does, then I think you might struggle with doing the Challenge.
|[CLICK TO ENLARGE] DAY 1 SHIEL BRIDGE TO GLEN AFFRIC: RED DASHED LINE|
|IAN W. AT KYLE BUS STOP, HEADING FOR DORNIE.|
|IF YOU RIGHT-CLICK ON ANY PHOTO YOU CAN OPEN IT AT FULL STRENGTH IN A NEW WINDOW: SKYE AND THE BRIDGE|
|PAUL: SHIEL BRIDGE & LOCH DUICH, THE START POINT|
|THIS PICTURE IS FOR PHIL: SEE BELOW...|
|TAKEN ON MY 5TH TGO CHALLENGE IN 1999: THAT'S ME [L] & PHIL [R] AND MISS WHIPLASH HIDING BEHIND PHIL|
|SPORTINGLY, PAUL POINTS TO THE BOARD FOR THE CAMERA.|
|GLEANN LICHD & GLENLICHT HOUSE|
|FABULOUS MOUNTAIN ARCHITECTURE|
|PAUL, AT THE TOP OF THE MAIN CLIMB, WITH THE FIVE SISTERS & KINTAIL FOREST|
|HOME FOR THE NIGHT|