Challenge news

  • How will TGOC22 work?

    How will TGOC22 work?

    22nd August 2021

    Part of us is glad TGOC21 is behind us as the continual uncertainties and changes of plan were rather draining but there were a lot of positives too.  Not least the loyalty and support of Challengers, both old and new,…

  • TGO Challenge 2021 – it finally happened!

    TGO Challenge 2021 – it finally happened!

    9th July 2021

    TGO Challenge 2021 – Final Report There have been many anxious moments since TGOC20 was cancelled. We wondered, despite our efforts and the loyalty of Challengers if TGOC21 would go the same way but a second cancellation didn’t bear thinking…

  • Can we have a 2021 TGO Challenge?

    Can we have a 2021 TGO Challenge?

    26th January 2021

    This has been the question on our minds for the last few weeks, and no doubt the minds of many Challengers too.  We hope the answer will be yes but, whilst before Christmas we were pretty confident, the new variants…

  • virtualTGOC photo competition

    virtualTGOC photo competition

    17th May 2020

    Time for the  virtual TGO photo competition! Thankyou to Ultralight Outdoor Gear and @KelseyMedia for putting up some excellent prizes. To enter just add your photo to the daily photo competition thread  on Facebook or email it to newtonmorehostel@gmail.com. We’ll put up some daily themes…

  • Introducing our new sponsors – Ultralight Outdoor Gear

    Introducing our new sponsors – Ultralight Outdoor Gear

    12th September 2019

    We are delighted to announce that Ultralight Outdoor Gear will be sponsoring the 2020 TGO Challenge. Their expertise and focus on quality lightweight gear makes them ideal partners for the Event and we are looking forward to working with them.…

  • Tested on the TGO Challenge: MSR PocketRocket Deluxe

    Tested on the TGO Challenge: MSR PocketRocket Deluxe

    25th June 2019

    TGO Challenge coordinator Ali Ogden discovers that you learn a lot about a stove when you need it the most… Price: £69.99 Weight: 83g Type: canister-mounted gas stove By Ali Ogden The last time either Sue or I brought a…

  • Plotting a route

    Plotting a route

    22nd March 2019

    Challenge coordinators Sue Oxley and Ali Ogden discuss the intricacies of route-plotting. First published in the April 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors. In early November every year, hundreds of backpackers get the very good news that they have successfully…

  • Challenge Friendships

    Challenge Friendships

    8th March 2019

    Challenge coordinators Sue Oxley and Ali Ogden celebrate bonds forged through shared backpacking. First published in the March 2019 issue of The Great Outdoors. “Here is my route,” read the email from Tim. “It is the same as Douglas’s. We…

  • 40 years of The Great Outdoors Challenge

    40 years of The Great Outdoors Challenge

    1st March 2019

    In the run-up to the 40th TGO Challenge this May, we will be running a series of short articles on the finest backpacking event in the world. Here, former TGO editor and long-term Challenge coordinator Roger Smith takes a look…

  • TGO Challenge 2019 – new start point!

    TGO Challenge 2019 – new start point!

    7th September 2018

    Just one week to go until the October issue of The Great Outdoors magazine hits the shelves and lands on doormats. It will of course include lots of coverage of the 2018 Challenge and details of how to enter the…