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Friday, 17 October 2014

Happy Birthday, Blog

 

EIGHT

 

  • Eight years old today. Born 17th October 2006
  • One thousand and sixty one blog posts
  • Ten thousand, one hundred and twenty one comments.
  • Most read post? No, not a gear post. TGO Challenger 2013 Home page with 10,714 hits
  • According to sitemeter.com, there has been 322,699 unique visitors to the blog
  • and 553,502 page views over the eight years.
  • But Blogger Stats puts page views at 605,790 but this doesn’t include the 1st year’s views.
  • So, I would guess that page views are averaging about 6,000 – 7,000 per month

It’s been a lot of fun. Thank you for reading and joining in. It’s a blog and I enjoy your contributions.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

TGO Challenge 2014: Mallaig to Nether Warburton. Home Page

PHIL & LOCHAN NAM BREAC, KNOYDART

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This post pulls together all the blog posts for my 2014 Challenge, from sending off the application form, sorting out the new shelter, designing our route, to the walk itself.

You can click on each post (it’s in chronological order) and the blog post will open in a new window.

 

PREPARING FOR THE TGO CHALLENGE:

  • We are successful in the draw:                              A route in for vetting
  • The Route Sheet                                                   Route Vetted
  • The maps: A route Overview                                 Route overview
  • A new shelter for the Challenge                            Taming Trinnie Trailstar
  • A post for gear heads                                            Final tweaks & Gear List

THE CHALLENGE BLOG POSTS:

  • Part One                                                               Leaving the city behind.
  • Part Two                                                               When a day goes agley... 
  • Part Three                                                            Consequences
  • Part Four                                                              A walk through Stronelairg
  • Part Five                                                               Let's stick together
  • Part Six                                                                 Callater Nights  
  • Part Seven                                                           The Challenge family 
  • Part Eight                                                             Go East, Young Man

 

I’ve had fun putting this together. I hope you enjoy it too.

NOTE: If you are thinking of applying for the Challenge for the first time and would like to know a little more about it, or have anything you would like to ask, please feel free to get in touch. You can get hold of me by email; You can find my email address on the Challenge Message Board quite easily.

This year I walked with Phil Lambert and Andy Walker and you can find their accounts of the 2014 TGO Challenge by clicking on their names. It’s up to you who’s version you believe!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

TGO Challenge 2014: Part 8: Go East, Young Man

 

PHIL PACKING UP AT CALLATER LODGE

PHIL PACKING UP AT CALLATER LODGE

Over the years I reckon I’ve probably clambered up Carn an t-Sagairt Mor with Pete Shepherd a dozen times, both of us with thick heads from the night before down at the Lodge. I felt slightly melancholy as we started our trudge (a little late, it has to be said) up the hill. I missed the old sod. Morpeth and I were part of the “Class of ‘95,” along with Michael Gray, Chief Constafool Andy Desmond (VD & scar), Bert Hendrickse, Mick Croydon and of course, Phyllis LaBorwitt.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story of our trip to the coast, with occasional comments chucked in.

MAD'N'BAD & STORMIN

MAD'N'BAD & STORMIN – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

CROYDON, LORD ELPUS & ME c/o STORMIN

CROYDON, LORD ELPUS & ME c/o STORMIN – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

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DUBH LOCH

 

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EVENING ABOVE THE SPITTAL

EVENING ABOVE THE SPITTAL

 

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HEADING FOR THE 'TUCK IN'

HEADING FOR THE 'TUCK IN' – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

BLUE DOOR WALK

ANDY’S PIC: BLUE DOOR WALK

 

N WATER BRIDGE: SPOT YOUR SHELTER

N WATER BRIDGE: SPOT YOUR SHELTER – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

THE TRAILSTAR LOUNGE

THE TRAILSTAR LOUNGE

 

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ANDY & PHIL, NETHER WARBURTON

ANDY & PHIL, NETHER WARBURTON – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

ME & PHIL, NETHER WARBURTON

ME & PHIL, NETHER WARBURTON, IN THE RAIN – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Now then. One last word. Your rucksack has been your constant companion throughout your walk. She’s protected you from icy blasts, provided comfortable rest stops in the sunshine, been dropped in sheep-shit, bogs and streams. She’s looked after all your gear while you were in the pub.

Do the decent thing. Take her down to the seaside. She’s deserved it.

As I was trudging down the road to Nether Warburton in the pouring rain, my skull cinema was playing this little gem.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

TGO Challenge 2014: Part 7: The Challenge family

This is a post for my one of my best mates, Denis Pidgeon.

Amongst my friends there’s been a lot of talk recently about the “Challenge Family” and what it means to each of us. Over the last twenty years I’ve made dozens and dozens of friends on the Challenge. Had it not been for this wonderful event we probably would have never met. This event welcomes all-comers; it’s inclusive, and a force for good.

I’m just pointing that out.

Here are some of this year’s crop of Challenge friends. There are an awful lot of people missing from this post, so please don’t feel offended if I have missed taking a snap of you!

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DENIS PIDGEON

 

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