Past Meetup

Backpacking Coast-to-Coast Across Scotland (Educational Series)

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This is one in a series of presentations that Phillip Werner, a co-organizer with us, will be making this year.


Last May, Philip Werner hiked coast-to-coast across Scotland as part of an annual, noncompetitive, event called The Great Outdoors Challenge (TGO Challenge). Philip planned his own cross-country route from the east coast to the west, a distance of 170 miles, backpacking through the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Participation in the TGO Challenge requires a high degree of competence in navigation, survival techniques, backcountry camping and hill walking. A maximum of 15 days is allowed for the crossing and entrants must have previous hill walking experience in Scotland, although exceptions are made for overseas participants.

If you’ve ever been interested in hiking or mountaineering in Scotland, you should come see this presentation. Philip will describe his route planning process, including Scottish geography and climate, share his experiences backpacking the route and participating in the TGO Challenge, and show gorgeous pictures of Scotland’s mountains, waterfalls, and landscape.

While you can sign-up here on our site to coordinate with other randomites you will need to register for the class by visiting the REI event page by clicking here ( Attendance is free.

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REI - Reading
279 Salem Street (exit 40 off Route 128)
Reading, MA 01867

Phone: (781) 944-5103


Philip also publishes a blog called Section Hiker - Hiking and Backpacking for Beginners and Experts (