Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Glimpse At My 2010 TGO Route

I've been a bit slow in finishing up pulling together my map information for the upcoming TGO (The Great Outdoor Challenge) 2010 hike. I had finished creating the route and filling out the official route sheet a while back but putting everything together to share with the Internet world has taken a little bit longer (with the obvious interlude of my trip to Portugal and England; I hope you have enjoyed the videos from that trip).

This will be my second TGO. I had fully intended to do a TGO hike last year but circumstances conspired to prevent it. That's a story for another time. This year I have planned a pretty conservative southern route that will end up traversing some of the same ground I trod back in 2008. But it also is going to feature some regions that, weather permitting, should be spectacular. From the initial ferry ride from Mallaig over to Inverie, across the Correyairack Pass, through Lairig Ghru, along Jock's Road, and beyond. This route will a bit more southernly trending than the 2008 route. I expect it to be fun, social, and full of scenery that should keep me happy throughout the whole trek.

The summary below should give you a good idea of what I plan on doing. Although the official route has a couple lengthy days I don't expect either of them to be that difficult. In fact it is highly likely that I'll break up the trek between Garva Bridge and Kingussie into two days with a nice lazy break at Monadhliath Hotel which I found thoroughly enjoyable back in 2008.

I still have to print out all sorts of material and settle on some final gear choices which I will write about later on.

Summary of TGO 2010 Route
FRI 14thMallaig – Inverie – (alternative: walk the shoreline of Loch Nevis, past Tom Cruinn, NH864 960) - Carnoch – Sourlies Bothy4014550Sourlies Bothy
SAT 15thSourlies – Meallan Dubh – Bidean MhicLain Ghlais - Kinbreack40181000Kinbreack
SUN 16thKinbreack – NN005 972 – NN008 983 - east along River Kingle – Lochan – NH104 001 - Eilean Mhorair – Tomdoun40, 3420350Tomdoun
MON 17thTomdoun – NH192 023 (cross bridge) – Torr na Carraidh – Greenfield – Allt Ladadh (NH230 003) – Glenluie - easter Mandally – Portmacdonett - Bridge of Oich – Fort Augustus3430300Fort Augustus
TUE 18thFort Augustus – Melgarve Bothy – Garva Bridge34,3527950Garva Bridge
WED 19thGarva Bridge – Sherrabeg – Drumgask Fm – Catlodge – Mains of Glentrum – Phones – Lubleathann – Kingussie (This is a day I could easily decide to break into two with a stop at Monadhliath Hotel.)3531600Kingussie
THU 20thKingaussie - Tormie Bridge – Feshiebridge – Loch Gamhna – Cairngorm Club Footbridge35, 3623.5250Cairngorm Club Footbridge
FWA to Braemar goes through Glen Feshie. Kingussie (NH757 005) to Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy (NN847 928)3516Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy
FRI 21thCairngorm Club Footbridge - Larig Ghru – Corrour Bothy jct – White Bridge Trail jct – Luibeg – Derry Lodge36, 4323.3650 / 550Derry Lodge
FWA Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy (NN847 928) – White Bridge – Mar Lodge.35, 42, 4329800Mar Lodge
SAT 22ndDerry Lodge – Claybookie – Mar Lodge – Braemar.4312120Braemar
FWA Mar Lodge – Braemar436100Braemar
SUN 23rdBraemar – Lochcallater – Jock's Road – Glendoll Lodge – Clova Hotel43, 4432600 /900Clove Hotel
FWA Braemar – Invergelder – Balmoral – Ballater4422350Ballater
MON 24thClova Hotel – Green Hill – Craig Turner – West Migvie – Tarfside4421.3800Tarfside
FWA Ballater – Craig Vallich – Shiel of Glentanar - Mount Keen (if summit if undoable follow path from Craig Vallich past Hare Cairn; bit shorter that way) – Auchronie - Tarfside4420800Tarfside
TUE 25thTarfside - Fernybank – Holmhead – Edzell – NO602 690 – Arnhall - Northgate – North Water Bridge.44, 4526250North Water Bridge
WED 26thNorth Water Bridge – Marymill – Hill of Morphie - St. Cyrus. Follow road past Maines Gallery and cross major road at (NO684 649, 4.6km). Regain smaller raod at (NO686 652, 5.1km) at Marymill. East at junction near Mrophie (NO710 641, 8.0km), NE then East over Hill of Morphie to St. Cyrus4512.5100Montrose
Total kilometers non-FWA Route290.6
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