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.
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.