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Nick Gardner

Climb the 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

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[p]My wife, Janet has Alzheimer’s Disease and Osteoporosis, and I would like to do something to benefit sufferers and carers everywhere. [/p][p]I was 80 in April and my challenge is to raise £10,000 for Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society by climbing all 282 Munros in 1200 days. I am an experienced walker and climber, and I adore the Scottish mountains .... and despite my grand old age, I think I have the mountaineering skills, experience and fitness to succeed![/p][p]Following the unexpected delay due to Coronavirus restrictions, I now have the challenge under way. Please follow my progress on [url=http://nmc1200.co.uk/]http://nmc1200.co.uk[/url] and @NicksMunros.[/p][p]Thank you for the generous donations so far.[/p][p]Please contact me if you are interested in joining me for any of them - nickgardner34@gmail.com[/p][p][i]Please read on for the full story....[/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]My Story[/b][/p][p]Even as a small boy in Leicestershire, England l was fascinated by mountains. I think it was destined that one day I would live in the Scottish Highlands. When I was 50, I achieved my ambition and bought a traditional highland croft in North West Scotland with my wife Janet. It had always been my intention to climb the Munros but l found the unique atmosphere of my local mountains in Wester Ross so magnetic that I rarely went further afield. I therefore never did climb them all.[/p][p]Buying the croft also enabled me to pursue my other passions: gardening and being self-sufficient.[/p][p][b]Janet’s Story [/b][/p][p]Janet was a primary school teacher until we moved north. Whereas she wasn’t a mountaineer she loved walking in wild places and encouraging wildlife. She, too, was a passionate gardener. [/p][p]Her health began to deteriorate in 2002 with osteoporosis but despite having spontaneous spinal fractures she persisted in doing her share in the garden. Then, in 2018 came the devastating news that she had Alzheimer’s Disease as well as Vascular Dementia. [/p][p]Many people have described Janet as being the most gentle and compassionate person they have ever met. She has been the most wonderful and caring wife, mother and grandmother possible and I am eternally grateful that l fell in love with her.[/p][p][b]Our Story [/b][/p][p]When Janet and I met we instantly realised that we had the same outlook and many common interests. It wasn’t long before we fell deeply in love and so we made a perfect couple.[/p][p]We often talked about how lucky we were to have met. There was never any doubt in our minds that our relationship was eternal.[/p][p]We had both been married before and had 4 children between us. We both wanted to live a similar lifestyle, so when the children left home, we moved up from suburbia to the 10-acre croft. The land was mainly moorland but with an acre of good soil and the area was devoid of trees. [/p][p]We wanted to create a woodland on the croft and cultivate the good soil for fruit, vegetables and flowers. We were quickly able to be almost self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables but establishing the woodland took much longer. It was not easy, but by working together we witnessed the moorland gradually blossom into a mature woodland, at times even with a temperate rainforest atmosphere.[/p][p]We were able to ‘live the dream’ for 30 loving years.[/p][p][b]The Challenge [/b][/p][p]Janet’s diseases have meant that our wonderful lifestyle has ended abruptly, and l am having great difficulty in coming to terms with it. I didn’t know what to do. Then a story appeared in a recent newsletter from the Alzheimer’s Society where a young woman, who had no climbing experience, climbed 20 Munros in memory of her grandfather, who had the disease. This inspired me to attempt to climb all the Munros to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society.[/p][p]This set me thinking: “Could l, as an 80-year-old climb all the Munros?” [/p][p]I am an experienced walker and climber and despite my grand old age l think I still have the skills, stamina and fitness to achieve it. [/p][p]So, my answer is: “I will give it a go and raise money for Alzheimer’s Scotland and Royal Osteoporosis Society”[/p][p]Thus, the challenge was born. [/p][p]Janet now needs 24-hour care and is currently in hospital, but we are hoping that she can move into a local care home soon. [/p][p]She was passionate about helping others and I am therefore going to raise money in her name to hopefully help make things a little better for others suffering from these dreadful diseases. [/p][p]Since it would be irresponsible of me to climb the Munros alone l am looking for people to join me on my ventures. I cannot produce a timetable at this stage for various reasons - Janet’s condition, weather and availability of others. [/p][p]As a family we would do anything to make Janet better, but we can’t; however, we can help others so please donate something, however small.[/p]
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Nov 30, 2020

Anonymous

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 29, 2020

Hannah

Good luck!

Nov 29, 2020

Kirsty Lees

Wow I hope that you have a safe passage around all of the Munro’s will be thinking of you and your wife. I have very much enjoyed following your adventure on Instagram and look forward to seeing you complete the challenge for 2 very well deserving causes.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 29, 2020

Jess

Good luck with your challenge! I hope you had a good day yesterday in the Monadhliaths (we met in the car park at the start of the day) and enjoyed the few glimpses of sunshine.

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Nov 25, 2020

Anonymous

Nov 25, 2020

Anonymous

We met on a trail near Glenmore, and I was impressed by your adventurous spirit and love for your wife. Thanks for sharing your story!

Nov 25, 2020

Kenny Johnston

Nick, we met a couple of weeks ago at the start of the walk round Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach. It was a beautiful day on the hills and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Good luck with the rest of the Munros.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 23, 2020

Anonymous

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Nov 23, 2020

Christine

Doing something amazing from something terrible, you are a truly inspirational gent, good luck with the rest of your challenge and hope we bump into you on a Munro somewhere.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 23, 2020

Anonymous

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid