300 hikers will now be making their final preparations for The Great Outdoors Challenge, which starts tomorrow (13 May). For the next two weeks they’ll be following their own set route from the west coast of Scotland to the east.
The event, held in partnership with Hanwag and Fjällräven, is unsupported, with entrants expected to draw upon their own navigation skills and to organise their shelter and food. It was first organised in 1980, the brainchild of writer and mountaineer Hamish Brown, and it has been held annually since. You can read about its history here.
Among the entrants this year is The Great Outdoors Staff Writer, Will Renwick, who’ll be taking on his first Challenge along with his friend, Sam. They’ve prepared a 288km route from Mallaig to Stonehaven, climbing 9181m along the way. You can read about their preparations here.