The summer is a time I love and the unseasonable weather juts now is not great but at least on the East Coast the weather is okay, that is why I live here. The Summer is also the time of lots of local produce and it was great to see Ayrshire new potatoes for sale as they are in season. I have great memories of my Dad growing Ayrshire’s in our garden in Ayr and the seaweed/ horse-manure he used as fertilizers were the secret ingredient. Add some butter and they were a specail treat, I may be wrong but is seaweed now not allowed to be used by the Food Safety Police?
The weather on the hills seems fairly hard going this June and a friend Hazel Strachan is near completion of 100 Munros in June for the Charity Scottish Mountain Rescue. Summer is usually a great time to be out on the hills at least the wind may be keeping the midges away?
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In June I’m climbing 100 of Scotland’s Munros (mountains over 3000ft in height) to raise funds for Scottish Mountain Rescue.
Scottish Mountain Rescue represents 23 mountain rescue teams based across the length and breadth of Scotland.Teams are comprised of over 800 volunteers who provide a world class search and rescue service. It’s a service which is available any hour, any day and in any weather. Teams can find themselves operating in challenging and at times hostile conditions in all mountainous terrain throughout Scotland. The teams are dependent on public donations to fund training and equipment.
My 30 days will be a whistle stop tour of Scotland’s best and most spectacular mountains. I’ll be in Glencoe climbing the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor which guards the entrance to Glencoe, and its smaller brother Buachaille Etive Beag. One of my shorter days out will take me to the top of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then on to climb the mountains to the east by the spectacular Carn Mor Dearg Arete. I’ll be hoping for good weather while climbing on the Black Cuillin on Skye for an ascent of the most difficult Munro, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, which is a graded rock climb. Argyll calls for Ben Cruachan, The Blackmount and Beinn Dorain. In Perthshire I’m looking forward to a big day on Ben Lawers and the neighbouring Munros.
I’ll spend long days in Kintail and near Ullapool wandering along big long undulating ridges taking in up to seven Munros in a day. In the Cairngorms I will virtually spend all my day above 3000ft on the desolate plateau. These days will take me up to 12 hours of continuous walking.
Even with an extensive history of Munro bagging (I have climbed all the Munros eight times) my month on the mountains remains a big challenge for me. The scale of the continual effort required to climb the mountains day after day means some part of my body is going to hurt.
I have no itinerary, just a bunch of maps to help me find my way around Scotland. Hopefully I will get enough wi-fi connection to lead me to the areas with the best weather. I’ll be camping, bivvying (sleeping out in a waterproof bag0 up on the tops of the mountains or sheltering in the campervan if the weather is horrible. My husband, Ian, is acting as my support – making my tea and ensuring the wine is chilled for me coming down off the hill to the van.
I hope you will support me by donating to Scottish Mountain Rescue. It doesn’t have to be much – the cost of a pint or a coffee always makes a difference.
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Well done Hazel hope Friday goes well for you and this great cause.