FAQ

General

At IGO, attitude will get you further than aptitude. We firmly believe that anyone can complete an IGO with a decent base level of fitness and have had people from 15 – 60 years old take part. The speed that you set on the route is up to you, but the slower you go the easier it will be. This is why we introduced Complete or Compete! The ‘Completer’ category is where participants can fall back knowing there is a guide/back stop at the back of the field to ensure you complete the route. They’re there to lend a hand, support you, share some stories and maybe even share a sandwich! The ‘Competitor’ category is timed and we recommend putting in some serious fitness ground work if you want to push yourself. If you’re still worried, please give us a call and we can discuss further.

No, you leave your camp bag in camp. You will need to take a day sack / backpack to carry the provisions, water, snacks, basic first aid kit, whistle and extra clothing that you may need for the day. Please consult our kit lists for more information.

Of course! We get families, teams of friends, husband and wives, work colleagues and more, but lots of people sign up solo for an IGO without knowing anyone and this is the best way to meet new people. It all depends on you!

Food is key to health, happiness and performance and every culture has its own twist. We believe that food should be simple, authentic, nutritious, regional and delicious. Expect Friday night campfire chilli, wilderness cooking lessons, vegan and vegetarian options, an expedition ration for the Saturday challenge to keep you going and the IGO Feast on the last night. You will arrive back home nourished and inspired.nn”Cooking food to fuel and celebrate adventure for IGOers in stunning locations around the world using local ingredients is about as good as it gets” – Ben Towill, Founder of Basic Kitchen and IGO Culinary Partner.

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Our events are fully supported by the IGO core team and local suppliers. The route is clearly marked and there are a team of experts on hand able to deal with any issues. We have a medics / a doctor with us for emergencies as well as a physio who is there to look after any sore muscles, blisters, or general niggles that may develop over the event. The whole team is there to help you so if you have any questions – just ask!

NB: All of the IGO team are outdoor first aid qualified.

IGO’s are not all about being the first over the line. In fact, it is sometimes those who linger on the course who are the real winners. Taking time to enjoy the scenery and be alone in the wilderness can be incredibly powerful. However, we always have someone bringing up the back, so if you are struggling know that they will be there to help you push through and reach camp under your own steam.

On every IGO weekend there will be event medals and wristbands for everyone who completes the Saturday challenge. The individual or competitor who wins the timed part of IGO Challenge will get a FREE entry to the IGO Ultimate Challenge in Montana, USA, at the entry level price (not including hotel or training day). The IGO caps are event specific and are only available to buy upon completion of the event. You also get entry to the IGO Club.

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Wales

Recommended airport: Liverpool or Manchester (transfers not provided)
Recommended train station: Machynlleth (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the station at 12pm
Transfer returns to station 11:45am

Making your own way? Meeting point for event is IGO base camp – Tal-y-llyn lake at 1pm.

NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points.

Timings broken down: London to Machynlleth by train is 4hrs 20mins on average changing at Birmingham New Street. Machynlleth station to camp is 30 mins by road.

Stage 1: Hike and run the famous Chair of Idris in southern Snowdonia. 21 km in a loop to the top, around the ridge and back to camp.

NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.

It is hard to promise amazing weather, but we can promise eternal happiness from the team which will get you through any weather.

The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.

There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.

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Morocco

Recommended airport: Marrakech (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves airport Friday 12pm (exact location details will be provided nearer the time)
Transfer returns to airport Sunday at 12:30pm

Making your own way? Meeting point is at Marrakech airport on Friday at 12pm.

Timings broken down: Amizmiz which is the start of the bike stage is 60 mins south by road from Marrakech airport.

No – we will provide mountain bikes and helmets. You can of course bring your own bike and / or helmet if you wish but you are responsible for transporting these to and from Morocco. If you are planning on doing this please let us know.

Yes, in Morocco we have showers in camp. We can’t always guarantee the water will be hot – but even a quick rinse is welcome in this environment!

In a beautiful camp with typical canvas tents under the stars.

The tents are comfortable Moroccan canvas tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.nnThere are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible.

IGO will provide your main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes this will be freeze dried food and sometimes tagines. It is up to you to bring personal snacks, energy bars and electrolytes to supplement your meals on the course. Don’t bring chocolate – it will melt in the Moroccan heat!

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Morocco in October can be hot – up to 28C – so it is essential to ensure that you have the right clothing that will not only keep you cool but also protect you from the sun. We also recommend a 3 litre CamelBak so that you are carrying sufficient water. There will also be water stations on the route where you can top up.

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Scotland

Recommended airport: Glasgow (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves airport at 11:30am (exact location details will be provided nearer the time)
Transfer returns to airport at 12:30pm

Recommended train station: Glasgow main terminal (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves station 12:30pm
Transfer returns to station 12:45pmnnMaking your own way? Meeting point for the event start is The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in the village of Luss at 12pm.

NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points.

Timings broken down: Luss village is 45 mins by road from Glasgow.

Stage 1: run / hike 4 km to Loch Lomond
Stage 2: 1.2 km kayak / canoe Loch Lomond
Stage 3: 12km hike of Ben LomondnStage 4: 1.2 km kayak / canoe Loch Lomond
Stage 5: run / hike 4km back to camp

NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.

You don’t need to worry about this – we will give you a lesson before you go out. They are very stable boats and we won’t let you go out if the conditions aren’t suitable.

The tents are comfortable bell tents which provide shelter for sleeping in camp and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 large tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks weather depending as well as the stand-alone IGO physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.

There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg: A burn, a loch, a lake, a river – you get the idea.

Some reports have led us to believe it is true. You may bring your kilt. Underwear optional!

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England

Recommended airport: Manchester (transfers NOT provided)
Recommended train station: Oxenholme (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the station at 11:30am
Transfer returns to the station at 12:00pm

Making your own way? The meeting point for the event is the IGO base camp – Great Langdale at 12:30pm.

NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points. nnTimings broken down: London to Oxenholme by train is c. 2 hrs 45 mins. Oxenholme station to camp is c. 45 mins by road.

Stage 1: Run and hike over 4 mountains, 21 km total distance. With a total elevation gain of 1,253m.
Mountain 1: Bowfell
Mountain 2: Esk Pike
Mountain 3: Broad Crag
Mountain 4: Scafell Pike

NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.

The accommodation is always comfortable – we aren’t promising “glamping” but there will be carpets on the floor and a mattress to sleep on!

You don’t need to worry about this – there will be support all the way and if you really can’t finish we will get you back to camp safely.

The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns . The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.nnThere are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.

There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.

High. They grow naturally in this part of England!

Everyone has their own Everest, pinpointing the difficulty is hard in itself! Each IGO route is designed to take people between 4-8 hrs. One thing we can guarantee is that there will be some lows and some amazing highs!

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Montana

You do not need any experience of kayaking to take part in the Montana Challenge. There will be a chance on the optional training day to learn the basic skills and practice on the river. The kayaks we use are inflatable kayaks and do not have skirts. There are some small areas of white water on the route, but these are completely manageable by amateurs at this time of year.

Recommended airport: Glacier Park International airport (transfers provided).
Transfers are managed through our hotel partner Grouse Mountain lodge who will provide a shuttle service.

Making your own way? Meeting point is at Grouse Mountain Lodge, conference room 1. Monday evening event briefing at 6pm.

There are many domestic flights into Glacier Park International but no direct flights from Europe. If traveling from outside the US you will either have to fly into Calgary in Canada and drive down (cheapest) or fly into either Seattle, Denver, Salt lake, LAX and get a domestic connecting flight (more expensive).

There are no showers in our camps, however all camps are situated by lakes or rivers for a cleansing dip if required! There are chemical toilets at each camp.

The weather in Montana in September can be variable and therefore it essential you bring the right kit to cover all eventualities. Our kit list is a good starting point and nearer the time we can let you know how the forecast is looking so you can adapt your packing accordingly.

There are Black and Grizzly bears in the Glacier National Park, however encounters are rare and attacks on humans are incredibly rare. We take all the necessary safety precautions, but you can help us further by:

– Ensuring that all food, including personal food, is not stored in your tent. There will be bear boxes available to put all your food in overnight and you can get this back before we depart each morning.
– Not leaving any litter, food scraps or wrapping anywhere except for the bin.
– Carrying bear spray with you when on course (we will show you where this can be purchased in Whitefish and how to use it). This is not a repellent but temporarily incapacitates bears.

We will be sleeping in normal tents with either 2 or 3 people in each. If there is someone specific you would like to share with, please let us know so we can try and accommodate your request. If it’s a dry night we recommend leaving the fly sheet off so you can see the stars!

Our camps are in stunning locations, all next to either a lake or a river. This is your time to enjoy being in the wilderness and enjoying the down time – be that reading a book or getting involved in the activities provided in camp – fly fishing, wild swimming, wild cooking, yoga, wood chopping or simply getting to know your fellow participants better over a cold beer!

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Ireland

Recommended airport: Knock (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the airport at 12:45pm (exact location details will be provided nearer the time)
Transfer returns to the airport at 2pm

Recommended train station: Galway (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the station at 12:30pmnTransfer returns to the station at 12pm

Making your own way? Meeting point for the event is IGO base camp – Cleggan, Connemara at 1pm.

NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points.nnTimings broken down: Galway has train and bus links with Dublin and Dublin airport. Galway to IGO base camp is about 1hr 20 mins.

No – we will provide tour bikes and helmets. You can of course bring your own bike and / or helmet if you wish but you are responsible for transporting these to and from Ireland. If you are planning on doing this please let us know.

You can if you want, but it comes out of the taps in Ireland.

Stage 1: Bike: 22km bike to Diamond Hill along the coastal route.
Stage 2: 6km mountain hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park (600m elevation gain).
Stage 3: 12km bike back. 4-8 hour route.

NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.

The food is delicious. Made in partnership with Basic Kitchen, it is sourced locally, always fresh and always delicious. Read more here

The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.

There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.

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Portugal

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