Munro Bagging

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/MunroBagging

Total raised

£166.00
from a target of £3,000.00

Total raised (+ Gift Aid)

£207.50

MUNRO BAGGING – Even the Longest Walk begins with a Single Step
All my friends will know that I am not normally given to quoting Chairman Mao! Many of you will
also know how much I have enjoyed climbing the Scottish Munros since the time that I lived in
Aberdeen! This year I have decided that not only will I “bag” a few more whilst my legs are still up to
the task – but that I want to ensure that other folk will also benefit from my exertions.
St Matthew’s Church in Wensleydale is celebrating its 150 th anniversary next year. More importantly
it has embarked on a programme to convert its traditional interior into a flexible multi-functional
space enabling it to host a wide range of community events and activities serving the needs not only
of the market town of Leyburn but also of mid-Wensleydale. It has recently been informed that its
landmark clock tower is in need of urgent repair – masonry falling from a great height is not
normally a great idea – and its roof requires renewal! These latter repair works alone will cost in the
region of £250k!!
The net result is that I plan to climb a total of seven munros over three days. The total ascent is
2920m over a distance of 57k. For those of us who prefer traditional measurements this is 9580feet
over 35.5miles. The plan is to tackle this towards the end of August or early September. If you know
the Scottish Highlands you will appreciate that weather conditions are unpredictable and the precise
timing will remain weather dependent, and indeed it may not be possible to climb on consecutive
days.
The munros in question are :- A’Chailleach; Carn Sgulain; Carn Dearg; Geal Charn; Creag Meagaidh;
Stob Poite Coire Ardair; and Carn Liath. Those who love the hills may well know that there are no
fewer than four munros named Gael Charn – so for the avoidance of doubt I will be ascending the
one near Garva Bridge!
In order to keep me motivated I would ask for sponsorship in aid of St Matthew’s, Leyburn. You can
opt to do this per foot climbed, per mile or per Munro. The latter might make the computations
more simple!
You can do this by …….
If you are able to complete the requisite Gift Aid declarations this will enable St Matthew's to
benefit from a 20% uplift in the value of your sponsorship (and if you are a higher rate taxpayer you
can claim a tax rebate yourself).
I will keep you posted on my long walk and hopefully photographs to evidence the achievement!

MUNRO BAGGING –

Even the Longest Journey begins with a Single Step

The Munro bag has now concluded – after being badly disrupted by weather conditions.

Basically it was spread over four days after being re-located from the Newtonmore area.

On Sunday it was planned to do Meal a’Bhuiridh and Creise. The former was climbed but weather conditions precluded taking in the latter. The climb from the car park was 2300ft.

On Monday it was planned to do two munros (part of the five sisters of Kintail) however the weather conditions precluded either being achieved with heavy rain, waterlogged path, boggy ground and a stream with no obvious crossing point. The climb was abandoned after circa 800 ft.

On Tuesday the weather improved and the plan had been to do Creag a’Mhaim and Druim Shionnach (part of the South Glen Shiel ridge). The weather meant that the initially planned route wasn’t viable and the long route via the south-eastern ridge was used adding some 10k to the hike. The first Munro was achieved after some 3h 20m. The high winds precluded adding the second Munro as it would have been necessary to cross a ridge which was narrow and exposed in places. The climb was 2400ft.

On Wednesday planned to do Stob Coire Raineach when returning via Glencoe. This was achieved in 2h 15m.  The climb was 2300ft.

Overall,  not as successful as hoped – but we did bag three despite adverse conditions!

As you know, the bagging was in order to raise funds for St Matthew’s Church, Leyburn which  is celebrating its 150th anniversary next year.  It’s embarked  on a programme to convert its traditional interior into a flexible multi-functional space enabling it to host a wide range of community events and activities serving the needs not only of the market town of Leyburn but also of mid-Wensleydale.

Your donation would be greatly appreciated!


If you are able to complete the requisite Gift Aid declarations this will enable St. Matthew's to benefit from a 25% increase in the value of your sponsorship (and if you are a higher rate taxpayer you can claim a tax rebate yourself).
I will keep you posted on my long walk and hopefully photographs to evidence the achievement!

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