Tag: Latest

Walking / Posts - 6 months ago

Off Challenge: Drumnadrochit to Aviemore

And so it was time move on from Drumnadrochit but before we left the village still had some surprises up its sleeve.  After settling up with the cheery man who seems to run everything we headed off to the Deli/Bistro for breakfast. This was fabulous...

Walking / Posts - 6 months ago

Off Challenge: Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit — No Rucksacks! Loch Carron has treated us well but, to be honest, there’s not a great deal to do there when your movement is a bit limited. So now we have regained our orientation a little it was time to work out what to do. Kate was...

Walking / Posts - 6 months ago

Off Challenge: Loch Carron and the NC500

Since everyone has returned from the TGO challenge I’ve had a number of phone chats with Challengers who wanted to know all about the injury and event withdrawal. We talked quite a bit about floating around the Highlands and especially about longer s...

Walking / Posts - 6 months ago

Review: Living With the Altra Lone Peak 3.5

I didn’t, perhaps, get the opportunity to test these on the Challenge as much as I wanted. However, these have been used in a variety of real world conditions, on steep grass slopes, on mountain tracks — good and bad, and tarmac (rather too much). I...

Walking / Posts - 6 months ago

TGO challenge: Excitement to Despair in 24 Hours

This afternoon my TGO Challenge comrades will begin to mass in the small East Coast Town of Montrose. They will be celebrating the end of their coast to coast walk across the Scottish Highlands, catching up with old friends and searching out the new...

Walking / Posts - 7 months ago

First Impressions: Altra Men’s Lone Peak 3.5

  I’m a bit slow to the party with these shoes. Fellow Challenger Shap McDonnell has been using them for a few years now and Chris Townsend peaks highly of them. I’ve been testing out alternatives to the old Inov-8 Terrocs for a few years now and th...

Walking / Posts - 7 months ago

TGO: Last Minute Rehearsals and Checks

A last minute rehearsal for the TGO challenge is helpful in many ways. For our last jaunt before heading north we took a three day backpacking circuit around the Shropshire Hills. Shropshire is an interesting place. Although a reasonably small area i...

Walking / Posts - 8 months ago

Challenge Gear 2018

Preparations for the TGO challenge are well underway if not a little delayed by me having twisted my ankle and damaged some ligaments. Thankfully these are healing quickly. What gear am I using? I still get asked this a lot. There’s no much too for i...

Walking / Posts - 9 months ago

History of the Clearances — In Our Time

I think that if you walk in the Highlands the experience is heightened my a knowledge of local history and culture. The wonderful In Our Time programme (BBC Radio 4) has this morning broadcast a programme which talks about the history of the Highland...

Walking / Posts - 9 months ago

Calling All Photographers

Coming up in tend days or so is The Photography Show in Birmingham. Bob and I will be there, covering the show for the Outdoors Station. This time we’re trying to be well prepared and have asked the major manufacturers to highlight for us gear that t...