Challenge news

  • 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…

  • TGO route planning – completing the route sheet

    TGO route planning – completing the route sheet

    31st January 2018

    Photo : Chris Wood So the route is finished.  Well done – it’s not easy getting this far!   Before you send it to us there are a few things we would ask you to check. Some of these might…

  • TGO Challenge route planning – Foul Weather Alternative

    TGO Challenge route planning – Foul Weather Alternative

    31st January 2018

    Once you have planned your main route you than need to consider if you need any foul weather alternatives. Often this is the hardest bit of route planning just when you thought you were nearly there! Scotland’s weather is notoriously…

  • TGO Challenge route planning – access and bridges

    TGO Challenge route planning – access and bridges

    31st January 2018

    One reason Scotland is so special (apart from the amazing scenery, history, people and whisky) is the longstanding principle of the “right to roam” enshrined in the 2003 Land Reform Act. It means you can, within reason, go pretty much…

  • TGO Challenge Route Planning – the middle bit

    TGO Challenge Route Planning – the middle bit

    11th December 2017

    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.…