This podcast series is a compilation of audio programs from the TGO Challenge recorded over a number of years since 2006. The format is that of an audio diary and each year we talk to different 'challengers' about their route, their inspiration and their experience.
The TGO Challenge is annual walking event which was created in 1980 to promote fellowship between backpackers and hikers and involves walking approximately 200 miles from the West coast to the East coast of Scotland during May of each year.
Each walker is unsupported and is expected to be able to navigate across open ground and mountains to achieve their goal.
The Challenge is a backpacking event – you’ll need to carry everything on your back, including food and shelter – but it’s up to you whether you camp all the way across or use a mixture of camping, hostels and B&Bs. The extraordinary hospitality offered by many establishments has become legendary over the event’s 30+ years.
The Challenge is entirely non-competitive. On finishing successfully, all Challengers receive a special badge, certificate and T-shirt. A maximum of 15 days is allowed for the crossing. Most people take between 12 and 14 days, and the average length is about 180 miles. Remember that the Challenge is a walking event: routes involving running will be rejected.
The minimum age for entering is 18. While there is no maximum age, older Challengers are strongly advised to have a full medical check-up. The maximum number in a group is four. Many Challengers walk solo or with a companion. Dogs are not permitted.
More information can be found here > http://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/tgochallenge/about/
May is almost here and 300 people will be starting to keep a much closer eye on the weather in Scotland as they prepare to head off on the 38th TGO Challenge.
A 200 mile walk from the West coast to the East coast of Scotland taking independent routes between each coast and promoting fellowship amongst backpackers all along the way.
Andy Howell of the well known blog Must be This Way, will be on his 10th crossing this year, which takes you into ‘legend’ status in the world of Challengers.
He joins me in this podcast to discuss the difference 10 crossings can make and share tips and ideas which may help people approaching this event for the first time, calm their nerves and settle their apprehension.