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Backpacking Across Scotland Gear List – May 2024

I’ll be hiking coast-to-coast across Scotland in a few weeks for the third time in the annual TGO Challenge. This is a non-competitive event where backpackers, called Challengers, have 15 days to hike from the west coast to the east coast. To make things interesting, everyone defines the route they want to hike, with the goal of climbing as many mountains as they can or seeing as many sights as possible along the way. The goal is not to finish before you have to, but to pack in as many experiences as you can between the start and the end.

I’ll be starting in Oban on the west coast and will be hiking to Montrose on the east coast, following a more southerly route than on my previous crossings to experience some new areas of the country. I’ll stay in two inns along my route, two campgrounds, and spend eleven nights wild camping along the way.

You can read the complete write up written by Philip Werner.


May 6, 2024

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Philip Werner is a full-time outdoor author and backpacker who resides in New England. His website is ranked as the #1 Hiking and Backpacking Blog on the internet by in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

The name of this site, Section Hiker, refers to the Long Trail which I section hiked in 2008 and the Applachian Trail that I’m still working through. To date, I’ve completed 1400 miles of the AT and hope to complete all of the sections between Georgia and Maine someday. I’ve also hiked thru-hiked the TGO Challenge (Coast-to-Coast across Scotland) twice and I’m currently section hiking the Cape Wrath Trail, also in Scotland.

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