Munros and Tick lists – Love them or hate them they still makes good discussion points?

1976 Munros - first time around.

1976 Munros – first time around. 13 November Munro list no 148.

It is pouring today and I usually do not get out over the weekend as the hills are busy and after nearly 40 years of most weekends on the hills it is great to do other things. I will today and was looking at my old Munro tables my first one all battered and ticked with dates and names, how that book was abused and loved. When I joined Mountain Rescue I quickly became obsessed with the Munros and every weekend was spent on the great tick list.  I was lucky as we went all over Scotland and the chance to grab new hills was always there. It was all for training ” area knowledge” for the “hopefully never happen aircraft crash” as I was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service at Kinloss in Morayshire. Many in the team had a like mind but a few walked by the summits as they did not want to involved in this chasing of summits and list. I did not drive in these days and had some great trips using buses, trains and even hitching in the early 70’s the hills were never busy and there were only a few who had completed the Munros and had registered with the “Keeper of the List” the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC). The best part of the weekend was getting out the pen at the end of the weekend and marking and dating what hills I had done on the list, great memories. Big days were big ticks in the book.


My Munro write up by the RAF Kinloss Team Leader Pete McGowan. I am still so proud of the words which Pete wrote.

My Munro write-up by the RAF Kinloss Team Leader Pete McGowan. I am still so proud of the words which Pete wrote.

This is what was written on mine The Munros – 13 Nov 1976

“On behalf of all the members of RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team, may I congratulate you on a fine achievement, in having ascended An Socach 3097 feet (Glen Ey Braemar),on Saturday 14 November 1976. You have completed a unique double with Tom MacDonald Beinn a Chaorrain 3553 feet to join a small band of climbers who have ascended all the 280 Munros Mountains in Scotland. Many thanks for all your hard work with the team, you can be rightly and justifiably proud of your effort’s.”

Well done and best wishes for many happy and enjoyable days in the mountains.

Pete Mc Gowan  RAF Kinloss Team Leader 17 Nov 1976 – Signed by Ben Humble


The hills have brought me so many great days and the Munros allowed me to be in some special places, the Corbett’s and many other hills lists do the same. I would never knock those who do them , in a one go , in winter by bike in so many ways. It is betternow with hindsight to savour them like a good dram but life is so fast nowadays, it is hard to do this. It is great to go back to hills by a different route a lot slower and see what you missed on that race to complete.

  • The number of Munroists registers is tabled below how many did not maybe at least another 50%

Munroists – registered how many others.

  • 1901 – 1970 – 96 Munroists
  • 1970 – 1980 – 211 – (115)
  • 1980 – 1990 – 721 – (510)
  • 1990 – 2000 – 2310 – (1800)
  • 2000 – 2010 – 4850 – (2500)

Any views –” the mountains are not a gymnasium for your ego”



About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to Munros and Tick lists – Love them or hate them they still makes good discussion points?

  1. Mick Coward says:

    A few days ago when it was raining and blowing a gale I went on the Walkhighlands web site and registered. I then got out the 2 copies of the Munro Tables that I have and spent a few hours ticking off the hills that I had done. I found that I have done 210 so still a few to do. As I started them in 1971, went to Saudi from 73 to 77 and in 1986 I moved down to Norfolk and got married I did those 210 in 11 years. Whilst ticking them off it bought back memories of some great days on the hill,something that nobody can take away from you. Will I ever complete them? Who knows, maybe one day.

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  2. Mike Coward says:

    I think I need a hip replacement first Heavy. Maybe next year I will try to get on the hill. The Loon has about 26 left so I want to be there when he does his last one.


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