James at backpackingbongos made a good post last week on why he wasn’t applying for next year’s TGO Challenge. It certainly struck a chord with me. I’d love to do the Challenge, but two weeks off work in one go would mean little backpacking in the rest of the year. I’m not sure I want to make that sacrifice. This year, by the time I go to the Lakes later this month, I will have managed four trips (one to the Cairngorms, two to Snowdonia and one to the Lakes). Excluding travel, that will be twelve days out on the hills, marginally less than doing the Challenge. Getting out in the hills and wild camping keeps me sane in this mad world. I enjoy thinking about what I might do next. If I could only get out once a year, then I would find that tough. Several trips also ekes out the time so the other half doesn’t realise how much time I’ve used. Until I have an opportunity to have more holiday time, I probably won’t do the Challenge, even though I’d really like to do it.