The first in our series about becoming a munro bagger. By Beth Thomas.
After reading an article in TGO magazine early last year I decided to become a Munro bagger. This is not as creepy as it sounds. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland of a height of at least 3,000ft and there are 282!
The article in question was on the Charlie Ramsey Round, a fell run challenge covering 24 Munros in under 24 hours! However I am not a superhuman and neither was the author of the article who wrote about walking it in 4 days. Even this looked like a challenge, a beautiful, tough wild camp challenge. It was a good 12 months before this plan came to fruition when I convinced my dutiful and just as unassuming partner to do it with me.
Day 1- Expect the unexpected!
After an 8-hour drive to Glen Coe we parked up at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and were set to start. We decided to start in the late afternoon and camp up around the first Munro, as day one was a biggie: 8 Munros over 16 miles!
We started in high spirits unaware of what adventures were in store. Within 5 minutes we had to make a detour due to deforestation. Instead of our planned route we followed a parallel road – a detour which proved frustrating when, in order to get back to the path, we had to trudge through a thick, wet forest and emerged through the trees soaked and scratched. The next “path” was up a clearance that had also been deforested and after falling over and being what I can only describe as “punctured” in the knee by a branch, which went though both sets of trousers I was wearing and indeed a good few layers of skin, I felt like trudging back to the hostel for the night. We walked on like heroes, dripping with sweat, blood and determination. In reality I felt quite pathetic at this point, limping tentatively over fallen trees and sharp snapped off branches. We finally reached the top of this section and decided to find a place to camp. This proved difficult, as it was very boggy underfoot and covered in heather. We found a spot, which was least uncomfortable and collapsed with fatigue and self pity.
Go to: Becoming a Munro Bagger: Part 2 to find out what happened next