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Sunday, May 13, 2012

TGO Challenge Live!

The TGO Challenge is now in full swing. Of course many of us cannot participate this year, either because of other priorities, we didn't get selected, or we didn't apply. Oh, but we're curious, aren't we? Even if we're just thinking about giving it a go for the first time next year?

Thanks to the excellent chaps at Adventure Trading Post, suppliers of the Spot emergency locator,  a baker's dozen of this years contingent can be tracked live as they progress across the wilds of Scotland. Here is today's map.

Map showing 'Spot' users on the TGO Challenge 2012 May 13th

Biology students will notice the unfortunate resemblance to spermatozoa rushing to fertilise the Montrose egg, for that is where they will all end up - eventually. In the meantime it's quite good fun to follow their sometimes eccentric progress by opening the map here.

These are just a dozen or so out of three hundred. Good luck to all of you - hope you have a fantastic time!



Blogger John J said...

G'day sport!
Your correspondents are languishing in the luxury of a 5* bunkhouse, 10km from Drum - supping tea whilst in bed.

Decadent it is.

But MUCH nicer than a soggy old tent in flooded Cannich.

Weather yesterday was truly awful, screamingly high winds on the tops with as much rain (if not more) than Stormy Monday.

Are we downhearted??? Nah!

Are we positive???? Yah!

Have we avoided being Denised? Well almost.

All is well here, but it be much wellerer (that's Timperley dialect) if you were along with us.

Love to Tini.

JJ, in the excellent company of Louise.....who doesn't complain (too much) when I sing.

May 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Phil said...


Good to know that you're going well. Tea in bed? VERY rufty tufty ;-)

Not heard from team Sloman as yet, but should you come across them, here's a little known secret. Alan is very fond of the work of Tammy Wynette. Should you encounter Alan at Callater Lodge and/or Tarfside, I think that you will find that he will be absolutely delighted if you could arrange a surprise rendering of "Stand by Your Man" with as many voices as you can muster. :-)

Have a great rest of the walk!

May 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Another good map to follow the greater spotted challenger is this one. You can also follow their chatter on Twitter!

May 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger John J said...

Well things are getting better - only waist-high snow over the Lairigh Ghru so perhaps a re-route will be in order tomorrow.
Aviemore has many Challengers, many looking to going via the Feshie in the morning.

Me? Well I'm off to bed, but not before I gen up on the words of 'Stand by your man'.


May 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hope the day goes well for you JJ - you'll deserve that beer in Braemar whichever route you take by the sound of things.

Glad you picked up on the "Stand by Your Man" - wish I could be there!

Fingers crossed Alan hasn't seen this. If any readers come across the the three amigos, mum's the word ;-D.

May 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM  

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