Enter the 2023 TGO Challenge

There are currently 7 places available for TGOC23, subject to suitable experience, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please read this page and then click on the button at the bottom to complete the Entry Form.

Step 1: Check your skills

Before entering the TGO Challenge you should have the following skills:

  • Ability to navigate across pathless rugged terrain using digital or analogue map and compass – not be solely reliant on GPS.
  • Ability to carry personal and camping equipment and a minimum of 3 days provisions.
  • Previous experience of backpacking including “no trace” camping in a wild environment with no facilities.
  • Capacity to be self-sufficient in remote areas where help may not be easily accessible including suitable first aid skills.
  • Ability to cope with Scotland’s climate which can commonly include high winds, torrential rain, rivers in spate, snow and occasionally hot sunshine!

All team members, not just the team leader, must have these skills. If you are uncertain about your skills please contact the coordinators, Sue & Ali, for advice on 07786 628105 / 07769 952085 or email newtonmorehostel@gmail.com.

Step 2: Read TGOC23 – Terms and Conditions

Even if you have completed multiple crossings, please read the TGOC23 – Terms and Conditions before you apply as some things have changed.  In particular please take note of the withdrawal and cancellation clauses.   We try to keep rules to a minimum, but you must agree to abide by those we have. You will be asked to confirm you have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions at the end of Entry Form.  The 2023 Event Details giving details of how to plan and present your route.

Step 3: Complete the Entry Form

If this is your first Challenge, you will be asked for details of your walking experience which the coordinators will assess.  If you have entered before, but not yet completed a crossing, you still need to provide this information in full again. Very occasionally we have to ask new applicants to gain more experience before participating. If you are part of a group, you will be asked for the names of your companions and your group leader so the Coordinators can put you into a team. Each team member must complete their own form.

Places will be confirmed and starting dates allocated by 2nd November 2022 after which payment will be requested.  TGOC23 fees will be:

  • £95 for new entrants.
  • £47.50 for those who deferred their 2020/21 place after 31st December 2020 and did not accept a 2022 place.
  • free for those who deferred their paid 2020/21 place on or before 31st December 2020 (and did not accept a 2022 place) or who deferred their 2022 place on or before 31st December 2021

It is a bit complicated and confusing for those who have deferred places. Don’t worry – the Coordinators will tell you which group you are in when payment is requested and you will have the chance to raise queries if you think you have been wrongly allocated.

Click the button below to access the Entry Form.