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Re: Another Challenge saga - 1995

Just as an aside, I was intrigued by Geoff and Dave’s encounter with the cowboy reenactment dude. I did my first Challenge the same year 1995, following almost the same route and I met this chap along with his nephew, who were both also taking part in the event as first timers, but were struggling with blisters and enormous packs even at this early stage. We spent the night at an unofficial bothy in Glen Kinglass that we were given permission to use by a nice man with a gun. The two lads were frozen, with inadequate sleeping bags of the rectangular sort and kept commenting ‘cold bothy this’. They had decided to pull out but were given some helpful advice by a couple other more experienced Challengers one of whom might have been Richard Bannister. However despite their discomfort they did amuse us with various cowboy type anecdotes eg. on reenactment weekends they had to wear authentic clothing such as cowboy grade underwear. On the other hand I might have met two completely different cowboys from Geoff and Dave’s but it’s a nice memory from so long ago. Thanks.

Re: Another Challenge saga - 1995

Thanks, Des. I never did understand where the cowboy came from - another small mystery solved!

Re: Another Challenge saga - 1995

Thank you so much for uploading this story Phil!
What a treat!

But... a petrol bomb? That really leaves me a bit speechless. Did they catch the guy?
Why did he do that?

Re: Another Challenge saga - 1995

Glad you enjoyed it, Sabine.

As to the reason for the petrol bomb incident, I have no idea - and nor did Geoff. I guess it was some local spat and they were in the wrong place at the time.

Maybe some people just take a dim view of wild camping! :rage: :fire:

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