TGO Challenge – Planning Checklist

I am trying to get organized now that I am in the 2018 TGO Challenge. Here is a brief outline of my planning checklist along with rough schedules:

Hotel reservations – November: COMPLETED!

I wanted to tie down my start and end points quickly and any planned stops along the way as I am sure the smaller hotels and villages may fill up quickly with 400 footsore travelers out there wandering around!

Route planning – November to February: IN THE WORKS

This is where my winter evening fun will be!  I am trying to gather enough information without delving into too many details so there are surprises along the way.

Plane tickets – January to March:

I have started watching prices to get an idea but the real work will be in 2018 so I can get the best price hopefully.

Packing list – January to March:

While I have a general gear list for TGO-like conditions, I will hone it with monthly trips at least in harsher weather.

Training – November to April: IN THE WORKS

This includes monthly 2-4 day trips filled in between with long day hikes with elevation and nightly walks or elliptical.

Local Transport – April:

I want to tie down plans for bus or train routes from the airport to the start well in advance of arriving.  This will include the ferry across Loch Ness if that is my route.

Shipping supplies/equipment – early May:

Call me paranoid, but I am loathe to leave the success of my trip up to the airline baggage system.  I am seriously considering shipping my main gear and supplies over to my first night hotel and doing only a carry-on for the flight over.

I am sure there is something missing from this list, so I will come back and add to it as things progress.  Hope this helps others this year or in the future.

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