Today on the Blogger Network, we feature the TGO Challenge trip reports of Sally Phillips, a first-time Challenger

It’s been a few weeks since the end of this year’s TGO Challenge now, and trip reports are springing up at an ever-increasing rate. Today we’re featuring the blog of Sally Phillips. This first-time Challenger sums up the spirit of this unique backpacking event in a way few other bloggers have managed:

I’m not sure that anyone can really understand the sheer force behind crossing a country on your own two feet with everything you could need strapped to your back, until they’ve done it for themselves. For me it was a revelation, a life affirming nonsense. I’ve hiked before, but this was something different. How can something, that sounds so trivial to most, have such a huge influence on the way I feel about everything else in my life. Suddenly the stupid little things that worry me on an almost daily basis don’t matter, they are mundane. Mundane problems that I don’t have on the trail and that I would happily never think about again for the rest of my life.

I have spent most of my life believing that I am not strong. I have been beaten back and told not to/that I can’t do things so many times that I began to believe it. What I have achieved over the past two weeks shows me that the opposite is true. Possibly my biggest revelation over some of the hardest miles I walked was that even when you think you can’t, you can. And when you really can’t then there’s probably some one around who can help you do it. Whether that’s with their words, their actions or just their absolute belief in your ability. For me the TGO family were the ones who got me there when I thought I couldn’t do it on my own.

Read the full post here.

So far, she has also shared trip reports from days 1-3, and days 4-6.