Wednesday, April 9, 2008

TGO Challenge Route

The TGO Challenge is one month away. I actually leave for Scotland in less than a month. I've got most everything sorted out but some things remain to be dealt with. Fortunately one thing that has long since been settled is my route plan. Since this is my first Challenge hike and my first solo hike in the United Kingdom I have selected a route that is reletively low-level and also fairly popular. While some of the distances are a bit daunting given that I'm right now in so-so shape my real concern is navigation rather than physical limitations of my body. Will I lose my way and head off on some sheep path that takes me away from where I want to go? Will I have troubles finding my way in and out of the towns I pass through? I am more apt to find sub-optimal routes than most people and this will impact upon my trip if it happens often. Having said all this I am still looking forward to the adventure I know is awaiting me.

         Date          DAYS ITINERARY
FRI 9 MAYLoch Duich Hotel - camban - Alltbeithe Youth Hostel3327700Alltbeithe YH
FWA Shiel Bridge – camban - Alltbeithe Youth Hostel3319650Alltbeithe YH
SAT 10 MAYAlltbeithe YH - Cougie3319550Cougie (camp)
SUN 11 MAYCougie - Bealach Feith na Gamhna - (244 200 path to 253 187 – across moor 120°/3.5km to pylon track at 292 115 then follow paths) - Fort Augustus33,3424700probably camp
MON 12 MAYFort Augustus - Melgarve - Garva Bridge34,35271000camp
TUE 13 MAYGarva Bridge – Sherrabeg – Drumgask Fm – Catlodge – Mains of Glentrum – Phones – Lubleathann - Kingaussie3531600hotel/B&B/inn type – not sure where yet
WED 14 MAYKingussie - Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy3516300Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy
THU 15 MAYRuigh-aiteachain Bothy – White Bridge (via Mullach Clach a Bhlair – River Eidart (916944), follow river to waterfall at 913887 and follow path east from there to White Bridge).35,42,4328700camp
FWA Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy – White Bridge (along footpath)35, 42, 4322400camp
FRI 16 MAYWhite Bridge - Braemar4315100lodge
SAT 17 MAYBraemar - Gelder Shiel - Spittfal of Glennmuick - Shielin of Mark Bothy43, 44271100Shielin of Mark Bothy
SUN 18 MAYShielin of Mark Bothy -Invermark Castle – Tarfside4418400Tarside green
MON 19 MAYTarfside - Cairncross – Wester Aucheen – Blackcraig – Water of Dye - Charr Bothy44, 4515650Charr Bothy
TUES 20 MAYCharr Bothy – Spital Cott – Bridge of Dye – Heatheryhaugh – Kerlock Cairn -Glennskinnan – Stonehouse – Mergie – Snob Cott – Bossholes – Cheyne Hill – Blairs – Home Fm - Dunnottar Castle4538750not sure
FWA Charr Bothy – Mergie (use if late in day)4525600camp
WED 21 MAYFWA Mergie – Dunnottar Castle4513150not sure
  1. Foul Weather Alternatives (FWA) can also just be alternatives depending on how I feel.
  2. Though I note many bothy stays I am just as likely to camp out at the bothy instead of staying inside the bothy proper.
  3. Keep in mind that most time an ascent has a corresponding descent.
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