We’ve had over 80 routes submitted so far which is keeping the vetters busy! Many are from first time Challengers but we know there are a lot of people out there beavering away at their first ever TGO Challenge route. Having offered some advice on Start and Finish Points we though it is time to turn to the rather large bit of Scotland in the middle!  With Scotland’s wonderful tradition of access where you go is entirely up to you as long as you keep to the Challenge boundaries. We do though advise those with little or no experience of backpacking in Scotland to keep to the glens.  The summits can wait for Challenge number two!  There are many useful resources that can help you find you own unique way across to the East Coast.

• Previous Challengers blogs can give inspiration

• Scotways book Scottish Hill Tracks gives details of the historic rights of way. Note though that not all of them are evident on the ground!

Where’s the path lets you marry up satellite imagery to OS maps

Geograph has photos of almost every grid square in Scotland again giving a feel for the landscape you will be travelling through and the terrain underfoot.

• If you haven’t walked in Scotland before vetter Colin Crawford has produced a “Guide to Scottish Terrain”

Core paths often helps find newer paths and tracks in low land areas and can help avoid some stretches of road walking

• A basic knowledge of gaelic often helps you understand the landscape as the names are often descriptive. A useful list can be found here and there is a glossary at the end of the Event Details
• On your route sheet you need to give ordnance survey 1:50k map numbers which are needed by Challenge Control. If you use digital mapping for planning you can work them out here.

• For further reading to appreciate Scotland’s mountains and wild landscape we recommend Chris Townsend’s Scotland and Mark Wrightham and Nick Kempe’s Hostile Habitats.

All of the above and much more can be found in the Event Details.  If you are on this years Event you will have been emailed a copy but if you can’t find it just click on the link above!  As we have said before if you get stuck and need some help contact us at newtonmorehostel@gmail.com