Bag A munro – that is the challenge your being invited to take part in to celebrate 100 years since the death of the man who gave his name to the 3,000 ft+ mountains.
Are you up for the challenge.
Whether you are a hill walker, climber or fell runner – the challenge is simple, summit one of Scotland’s munros within the next 12 months.
If you have already summited one or more, instead why don’t you encourage a friend who has never experienced the summit and get them to top and experience what we all have.
Do your part for the Environment:
The University of Dundee doesn’t want you to just summit the mountains, they also would like you to take an empty bag with you and fill it full of rubbish.
Each participant will be featured in an art publication which will document your mountain experience.
Eddie Summerton from the university’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, said: “The diversity of walkers who have signed up so far is fantastic.
“Of course we have some of Scotland’s walking clubs and serious munrobaggers, who have already mapped out their weekends ahead with walks and climbs but we also have folk who are signing up who are returning to the hills for the first time in years, with a child or grandchild to accompany them.
“We’ve heard from a school teacher who is selecting the nearest munro to the school to include the walk in her class project and also a seriously ill walker, determined to participate in this ‘big walk’ to acknowledge their resistance to the illness.
“This year-long celebration of our hills is goes beyond the legacy of Sir Hugh Munro. It recognises the incredible infrastructure of volunteers who keep paths open, the national parks, the environmental charities and the right to roam.
“All of these help make Scotland one of the most spectacular places to walk.”
As well as getting more people to explore Scotland, the munro table project aims to plant 282 high altitude indigenous tress for each mountain climbed. This is partnership with Trees for Life, the aim being to help restore the unique wildlife-rich habitat called montane scrub.
The project will launch tomorrow on 19th March. 100 years after the death of Sir Hugh Munro. He was the first person to create a detailed list of Scotlands peaks over 3,000 ft.
You are able to choose from an online list and there is still quite a few to pick.
Please be careful of the dangerous of winter walking and follow the advice from the scottish mountaineering experts and to check the weather before travelling. You have a year to summit these wonderful peaks so if you are a little bit in experienced or taking a friend that has never done it before (would highly recommend you do) then it might be advisable to wait till the summer months.
If you have no experience in mountain walking, while the organisers are suggesting you don’t take part, my advice would be to either find a official company to help you or search online for organised groups and ask if you can join them, you might make some new friends along the way.
More details are on the Munro Table website.