It’s started… I arrived home from the Outdoors Trade Show in Stoneleigh last night to find the first entry for the TGO Challenge waiting on the doormat.

I reckon that by the end of the week the utility room will be choked and the postman will have retired with a hernia.

Just a reminder: the October issue of TGO Magazine, which contains the entry form for the 2013 TGO Challenge – the world’s finest backpacking event – hits newsagents’ shelves tomorrow. Subscribers have obviously already received their copies.

Also in the new issue magazine – which just happens to be a backpacking special – is a terrific feature by Carey Davies on the FjallRaven Classic, another wild country backpacking event through Swedish Lapland. The FjallRaven event follows a 68-mile course, has checkpoints, support staff, food and transport are provided and you’ve a cool seven days to complete. Perhaps, having got a taste for it, Carey might like to try a real backpacking Challenge in 2013 and apply for a place on the TGO Challenge: two-weeks and up to 200 miles, unsupported, no checkpoints, plan-your-own route…

That said, the TGO Challenge does have the best support team in the world, in the form of our expert vetters, the happy folks who run the hostel in Tarfside, the friendly voices at the end of the phone in TGOC Control, and many others beside. The support you’ll get is perhaps more spiritual – they won’t devise your route, clean your boots or mollycoddle you – but it’s the best there is.

Read all about the TGO Challenge in this month’s TGO Magazine – and please remember our postie when you send in your application form!

Many thanks to our first applicant – name withheld for reasons of data protection, privacy, and health and safety or something…


John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales

2 thoughts on “Incoming…

  • 13/09/2012 at 3:30 pm

    240 divided by 300 participants – that’s less than a day’s waiting each!

  • 12/09/2012 at 12:33 pm

    Just 240 days to go to the start.
    But who’s counting?

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