Thursday, 23 May 2013
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Friday, 17 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
Friday, 10 May 2013
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
I’d like to be able to post a picture of some neatly laid out gear, but I can’t. These snaps were taken just before it was thrown into a sack a week ago, since when it has been wending its way to Plockton. I hope to be reunited with it tomorrow, when I should be whisked up to my starting point, leaving Manchester’s Piccadilly Station at 6.33am and arriving in Plockton for afternoon tea sometime after 3pm, via Glasgow and Inverness.
That’s the theory, anyway.
There’s a web page with my planned route, kit list, and links to previous Challenge exploits, here. This may be helpful to anyone who decides to follow my progress over the next couple of weeks. You’ll have to bear with me a little on that score, as mastering the complexities of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is more than a trifle taxing!
Good luck to others who have been lucky enough to get places on this year’s Challenge. I hope to see some of you in Plockton, and then maybe en route to Montrose (via Frazerburgh in my case).
Have a good one…
Friday, 25 January 2013
This week I finally got round to drafting a route for the backpack that takes place between 10 and 23 May. Whilst it’s my seventh Challenge, I’ve managed to restrict any duplication with previous routes to just 3 km along the north shore of Loch Monar, where the route intersects my 2007 route.
Moreover, of the 360 km (225 miles) that I’ll be walking, only about 20 km will have seen the soles of my boots before, so it’s pretty much all new ground.
I could surmise… ‘if I haven’t been there before, are these places really worth visiting?’ but time will only tell. There’s a bit too much tarmac towards the end, but at least it’s ‘fresh’ tarmac.
My route is basically …. Plockton > Struy > Inverness > Grantown-on-Spey > Huntly > Turriff > Kinnaird Head (Frazerburgh), including around 11,500 metres ascent (6 Munros, 1 Corbett, 2 Grahams, 3 Marilyns, and 11 other hills). It should be fun, but encounters with other Challengers may be something of a rarity!
Update: By 1 February my route had been returned, duly vetted. I got a map reference wrong, and have apparently chosen an aircraft wreck on which to pitch my tent at one point! I hope the cockpit is intact! See you in Montrose…