Up for the Challenge

The rucksack is packed, my resupply parcel is on its way to Aviemore, and some fresh pants are on their way to Montrose for that feeling of luxury after a fortnight of nether region “crop rotation”. Those I’m leaving behind have been provisioned for the next 10 days and after that they’ll no doubt turn to…

Glen Nevis

Done and Dusted

I hadn’t heard anything back about my amended TGO route sheet for the best part of a month, so I chased it up. No news turned out to be good news, and HQ confirmed it was signed off. So here it is in all its glory. The accommodation is all booked, so now all I…

The Start of Something…

“Many thanks for your application for the 38th Great Outdoors Challenge. We are delighted to inform you that you have a place on the 2017 Event,” appeared at the start of an email I, and over 300 others, received one day in early November. It threw me into an immediate panic.

UK Three Peaks (2005): The Aftermath

Somehow I made it down to breakfast the next morning, although my thighs were on fire and from the waist down I felt like a combination of John Wayne and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  And then the journey home in the minibus went by in a blur.  I braved the strange looks again on the tube as…

The team approaches the summit

UK Three Peaks (2005): Snowdon

Sunday 17 July 14:00ish What a way to spend my wedding anniversary.  Dave is thrashing the van down the M6 in a desperate battle to get to Llanberis and avoid being pulled out of the challenge.  It feels strangely motivating.  Dave also seems to take a proactive approach to sheep on the road and seems…