Tranter Winter Round Record shattered – Live every day and never put off what needs done.


Named after Philip Tranter, who first completed it in 1964, this is considered to be Scotland’s original 24 hour challenge, before being extended by Charlie Ramsay in 1978. It is a round of some 36 miles and over 20,000′ taking in 19 Munros in the Mamores, Grey Corries and Aonachs together with Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. It still remains a creditable and rewarding challenge in its own right.  Both Pete Duggan’s website and the FRA Forum are useful sources of practical information for contenders while record runs are logged by the Scottish Hill Runners (see below).

Tranters Round

Yesterday in February was the date of an incredible achievement by the runner/ climber Findlay Wild. Few outside the mountaineering world will be able to gauge what he has  done and to many it seems incredible to climb the entire Tranters Round in just over  14 hours and 28 minutes! It would take me that to climb all of the Mamores on their own when I was fit in winter up and down safely. His Dad and Mum are good friends and they must be so proud and his Grandfather the late John Hinde of RAF Mountain Rescue Legend would  be very pleased. It is great to have some good news and please read and share the joy that Finlay Wild  achieved. Wonderful news.

The machine that is Finlay Wild – photo F. Wild.

A thought – I am always aware that the clock is ticking and to get the most out of every day especially as I get older. As a young pensioner I try to get as much out of life as I can and despite the body getting and needing a bit more TLC life is great. We are filled with so many iconic folk who do so much despite their years. I try to visit my pals as often as I pop in and just have brew or stop by, you never know what life can throw at you. Even the odd fallout means that you should be the bigger person and always through out the hand of friendship despite what has happend.

I had a great weekend last weekend seeing a few old pals and not on the hills but near them and enjoy the low level routes on a bike in Appin near Glencoe. The weather was inspirational and it was a wonderful way to see old familiar hills and visit new places. Time with family and friends is so important so give those you love and care for a hug every day and tell them how you feel.

I was out on my bike yesterday just the local roads and had a great time the body was a bit sore but despite the cold it was painful yet enjoyable. This weekend I hope to get away for the weekend to Gerry’s bothy near Achasheallach and hope if the weather allows another search for my sisters nephew who is still missing. The family needs closure and hopefully this will come soon and I thank all those who have searched for Alan and will continue to.

I have been have involved in the recovery of lost mountaineers so many times and have along with so many others recovered so many. I know what it means to the family so please if going out be careful as most are and enjoy this incredible winter.

Keep an eye on the weather and the Avalanche report so important just now and be aware with the temperatures so low the snow will be as “hard as iron water like a stone”

Teallach Mamores in winter

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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