Scottish Adventure: The Winter Slog

January-March 2016

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FINISHED!! :)

The Winter Slog is a two month long expedition up the length of Scotland from Jan 16th - Mar 12th 2016, when I will walk from Gretna Green to Cape Wrath over the mountains and camping out in all conditions with my re-homed labrador, Haggis.

It started with thinking "I'll just go out for a couple of weeks with Haggis this winter for a bit of free phys for Antarctica", then turned into 5, then 6, then 8 weeks and a whole lot more organisation than I ever anticipated. It has been my full time job for the last few months and now, excitingly, it will absorb my activities 24/7 for the next two months. Looking forward to seeing what Scottish winter has in store for me and Haggis!

Track our progress and current location below, using our Yellow Brick hourly tracking system kindly sponsored by YB tracking:

 

This expedition is in aid of charity. Please go the the charities page of this site or use the buttons at the bottom of this page if you would like to make a donation. Many thanks!

The  Route

Our route is over 550 miles long, plus a lot of ascent, and I estimate we will complete it in around eight weeks. Plotted below are our food pick up points...

 

What you will need to come along...

This expedition is intended to be communal. If you would like to come join us, for an hour, a day or a few, please feel free to just rock up using the tracker above to locate us!

General kit list:

  • Good walking boots (four season boots for the more Northern legs)
  • Good, well fitted backpack
  • Map and compass
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Base layers, mid layers, fleece layers, soft shell or Primaloft layer, waterproof jacket, hat, spare hat, gloves (think and thick), spare gloves, goggles, emergency down, etc.
  • Walking poles if you fancy
  • Tent if you plan to camp, plus associated camping equipment, including stove, fuel, lighters, warm sleeping bag and Thermarest
  • Basic medical kit (plasters, blister tape, dressings, etc., and any personal medication)
  • Mobile phone
  • Food and water
  • Your dog?
  • High spirits and good chat

Note: If you plan to join for days near towns, you may be able to use local accommodation. The further north the route goes, the sparser things get, however, and there will be many nights where a tent is the only option. If you do plan to pitch a tent with me, make sure you can get your hands on a half decent one as it will be cold and may also be very windy. It is also Scottish winter, so for the more mountainous legs, you will need have a good understanding of winter mountaineering and how to stay safe with snow around. I will not be able to guide people, so please make sure you can look after yourself if you are planning to come out.

Make a donation ...

If you are able to make a donation to charity in support of the expedition, it would be hugely appreciated. There is more information about both charities on the charities page of this site.

THANK YOU!