Munro round 2017

MUNRO-METER: 282 – FINISHED ON 17/09/2017 AT 5PM

Total time: 77 days – a new female fastest known time for a self-propelled continuous Munro round!
Champagne on Ben Hope summit

Celebrating on the final Munro (Ben Hope)

Between July and September 2017 Lisa and Libby completed a continuous self-propelled round of the Munros (all the mountains over 3,000 feet in Scotland). Summiting all 282 mountains, cycling between them and with a little kayaking thrown in.

We started on the 3rd July 2017 on Ben More (Isle of Mull) and finished on the 17th September (on Ben Hope). We climbed all 282 Munros in just 77 days setting a new female record for a self-propelled continuous round. Over the course of the summer we walked/ran over 1,000 miles, cycled over 1,000 more, did 2 kayak legs (Sound of Mull and Loch Lomond) and climbed over 150,000 metres – 17 times the height of Everest!

A massive thanks to everyone who supported us in every way. Thanks to everyone who came to drive the van, join us for a Munro or two or sent us messages of support or sponsored us. All of it spurred us on and we are immensely grateful. A massive thanks also to Alpkit, Inov-8, Rocktape, Mountain Fuel, SYHA hostelling Scotland, Harvey Maps and The Next Challenge Expedition grant for the kit/fuel/discounts/funding, it’s been a massive help and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

Below you can find a synopsis of our trip with all of our weekly blogs and training/preparation updates.

We have been raising money for three great causes – Lockerbrook outdoor centre, Parkinson’sUK and WaterAid. Sponsor our effort here – our JustGiving page is still open!

Kendal Mountain Festival 2018

Come and see Lisa and Libby talk about their Munro round. We will be on the Columbia Basecamp stage at 11:30am on Sunday 18th. Best of all it is free!

Night of Adventure 2018

In March we were invited to give a talk at  Alastair Humphrey’s Night of Adventure. This was a great night with lots of inspiring speakers, from a real range of adventurers from Polar Explore Ben Saunders to the Overlanding Family who lived and travelled the world in a truck for 4 years. The standard of talks was pretty high and we were quite nervous to be brushing shoulders with this incredible bunch. To make it even more nerve wracking the talk format is notoriously stressful. You have 20 slides which move on automatically every 20 seconds so you have to remember what you are going to say – fast! Oh, and theres 1000 people in the audience and they are filming you  – no pressure! Want to see how we did? You can watch our talk below. It was a great night and all for a great cause so we think you should get yourselves to next years event!

Next Challenge Blog

For our trip we received a grant from the Next Challenge, something which made our trip so much easier and allowed us to buy the tracker which gave us a piece of mind and allowed you guys to see what we were up to! We wrote a blog for the Next Challenge website talking about the ins and out of our trip is now live – enjoy 

Munro Talk at Alpkit’s Big Shakeout Festival

Fresh after arriving back home from Scotland after our Munro adventure we were excited to share the details of our challenge at Alpkit’s Big Shakeout festival in the Daring Deeds yurt. Still adjusting to civilisation after 2 and a half months living in a van, it was really fun to get involved in this fantastic festival and chat to so many adventurers and like minded people. Thanks for the invite!

For anyone who missed the talk or was unable to hear it due to a few technical difficulties – here is a taster of our Munro adventure including a video clip of some memorable moments! (excuse the shakey phone footage!)

It was also fab to have the chance to chat to Chris Sleight, the creator of Mountain – our favourite adventure podcast – as part of a panel with Aleks Kashefi, the barefoot runner, and paralympian Steve Bate. Both Aleks and Steve are hugely inspirational and I was honoured to meet and chat with them about their adventures. Chris chose the tough topic of fear and adventure, it was really interesting to discuss the different ways that different adventurers face and handle their fears.

Libby and I are very lucky and grateful that Alpkit decided to support us through our Munro adventure. They provided us with a selection of running and cycling kit, plus a stove and pans, which were hugely helpful. This summer we ran/walked around 1000 miles and cycled 1000 more which really put the kit to the test. After 77 days of almost exclusively wearing Alpkit running leggingst-shirts and merino baselayers (apart from the few sad days they had to be washed – probably not as many times as they should have been!) we can safely say that this kit is GREAT and of the highest quality. We love it!

Week 11 – the final week!

Last week’s bad weather continued into this week and we had another difficult decision to make on Sunday evening about whether we would attempt a long day out on Fannichs or take a rest day. We decided to take a rest day which also helped with support swap over. Lisa’s parents headed home (thanks for all the great cooking and motivating us in the bad weather!) and we collected Jim, Libby’s friend, from Fort William. Tuesday we had much nicer weather and we had a great day out on the Fannichs, it was so nice to be on such awesome ridge lines and satisfying to bag 9 munros in one day.

On Wednesday we tackled the Fisherfields (now the Fisherfield five after the demotion of Beinn a’Chlaidheimh). We had planned to stay at Shenevall bothy but the rivers are raging so we planned a route which avoided so many crossings. We mountain biked along a rough track on the north shore of Loch a’Bhraoin then did a great circuit to get A’Mhaighdean, Beinn Tarsuinn, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Ruadh Stac Mor & Sgurr Ban. These mountains feel very remote and we had amazing views.

On Thursday the weather took a turn for the worse again and reluctantly we cycled into a strong headwind to Dundonnel where we started our route up to the two munros on An Teallach. The path had turned to a river and it was bitterly cold and windy but, as always we kept our spirits high by singing! The afternoon brightened up and we cycled much more easily to Inverlael and, in need of dry clothes, we checked into Ullapool hostel (primarily to use the drying room!). Friday’s weather wasn’t much better but with only 9 to go and a dry hostel to come back to we had a good day out bagging Seana Bhraigh and the Ben Deargs.

Finally the weather improved for the weekend and we excitedly left the hostel to begin our last long cycle north. We had stunning scenery cycling into Sutherland and enjoyed Ben More Assynt and Conival (until it hailed sideways!). The evening was lovely and we completed a large portion of the cycle to Ben Klibreck. On Sunday we woke feeling very strange, this could be our last day!!! The forecast also said ‘rain not expected’ which is something we haven’t seen for a while. We zoomed along the first cycle to Ben Klibreck and caught the end of the Ride Across Britain.

We ascended the steep slopes of Ben Klibreck quickly and enjoyed a snack on the summit, taking in the views and appreciating the nice weather. We met Mike and Peg at the bottom who drove off ahead of us to get a head start up Ben Hope. We cycled along the bumpy road, singing our favourite munro songs that have been in our heads for the last two months, then wrestled the bikes into the back of the van for the final time.

We climbed Ben Hope and reached the summit at 5pm, 76 days and 9 hours after we started our climb up Ben More on the Isle of Mull. We were treated to 360° views, bubbly and chocolates. What a perfect end to an incredible trip.

Munro count: 282!!!

Week 10

This week has been our hardest so far. Possibly not physically, but certainly mentally. The weather took a turn for the worse and we had to visit and revisit route choices to ensure we could do them in high winds and to ensure we would be able to cross all rivers, many of which are in spate. The week started with a rest day, driven mostly by a horrific weather forecast although in retrospect I think we also needed it to recover after the Cuillin. In climbing terms the Cuillin was technically easy but the sheer amount of it made it mentally exhausting. We had a lie-in then had lunch in a friendly little cafe in Loch Carron. On Monday evening Lisa’s parents (our support crew for the week) arrived and settled in to van life.

On Tuesday we were joined by one of Lisa’s friends, Sam. We mountain biked a few kilometers along a track then attacked Bidean a’Choire Sheasgaich, Lurg Mhor, Sgurr Choinnich, Sgurr a’Chaorachain & Maoile Lunndaidh. The first two were felt a long trudge in, in fairly horrible weather (the classic Scottish combination of rain, strong wind and hanging mist) but the weather fortunately improved as the day went on.

On Wednesday we walked to Torridon over Beinn Liath Mor, Sgorr Ruadh & Mail Chean-dearg. We were treated to brilliant paths but another day of rain and wind. We were very happy to check in to Torridon YHA on Wednesday eve, we managed to fill the drying room with our many wet clothes. Unfortunately the weather showed no sign of improving, the forecast for Thursday was very high winds and 90% chance of heavy rain all day. We had planned a long day for Thursday but having sewn the forecast we decided to revise it and just pick off Tom na Gruagaich & Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin) and Spidean a’Choire Leith & Mullach an Rathain (Liathach). We woke on Thursday morning to rain hammering on the hostel roof and trees swaying wildly outside… And decided to reduce our route even further, sprinting out into the grim weather to just bag the two munros on Beinn Alligin. Our choice felt justified when were battered by wind on top and careful navigation was needed in the thick hill mist.

Friday brought a very very welcome break in the rain and a dip in the wind speed and we bagged the two Munros on Liathach and the two Munros on Beinn Eighe (Ruadh-stac Mor & Spidean Coire nan Clach). We further cycled on to Kinlochewe. We treated ourselves to a brilliant breakfast at the Whistle Stop Cafe on Saturday morning which fuelled an ascent of Slioch (a beautiful mountain with great views) and then a cycle on to Achnasheen to bag Fionn Bheinn (a boggy mossy lump!) we then cycled to the bottom of Ben Wyvis where some family friends of Lisa’s joined us for the evening.

On Sunday the wind had picked up again. We climbed Ben Wyvis but struggled to stay upright on the top! We then cycled on towards Braemore Junction and managed to bag Am Faochagach too. We’re hoping the weather improves next week!

Week 9

We started the week with a much needed rest day in Inverness. We stocked up on supplies, sampled a selection of coffee shops, and replaced yet another walking pole that Lisa has broken! On Monday night we ended up camping at the end of the Strathfarrar road (a private road with odd opening times) before bagging Carn nan Gobhar, Sgurr na Lapaich, An Riabhachan and An Socach on Tuesday. Duncan worked hard on Tuesday by cycling to collect our tent then driving round to Killilan and also dropping the mountain bikes off near the iron lodge for us. Can’t thank him enough for his amazing support!

Wednesday and Thursday we took two easier days cycling to Skye and bagging Bla Bheinn while waiting for the best weather window to do the Cuillin ridge. On Friday our weather window arrived and we set off at 4am from Glenbrittle accompanied by our friend Matt Harmon who guided us along the ridge. The ridge is an intimidating undertaking and it is the longest and most challenging day out either of us have ever done! All credit to Matt for his super slick ropework, navigation and encouragement – huge thank you! We are really proud of ourselves for completing it in one and are suitably tired.

To recover from Fridays efforts we took a slow cycle up to Craig stopping at various pubs and cafes along the way. We said goodbye to Duncan who has finished his support stint with us. Thank you so much for all your help! On Sunday afternoon we bagged Morsuig, had a long planning/weather forecast pondering session (it looks very wet!) and an early night. It feels very odd that the end is in sight with only 43 munros left to climb.

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Munro count: 239

Week 8

This week has been Fun! We started the week with a scramble up the Forcan ridge onto The Saddle. It was a clear day and we had some great views across Kintail to the North, the sea to the West and back over munros we’ve previously bagged to the South. The ridge was fun and we enjoyed chatting to a guy from the local mountain rescue team on the way up. We popped across to bag Sgurr na Signe too before going back down to the valley to pick up bikes to cycle south west to Beinn Sgitheall. The cycle ride incorporated a big hill on the way out of Ratagan but we were rewarded with great views of the Five Sisters from the top. After whizzing down the other side of the hill we arrived in Glenelg, a little seaside village where the community hall had showers that were open to the public. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so grateful for a shower! We decided to spend the night in Glenelg and treat ourselves to a pub meal (now we were clean enough to be accepted into public places!). It was a great decision, the Glenelg Inn was everything a good pub should be, cosy and homely yet lively with a wood fire crackling and brilliant food. It was hard to leave!

Steve (Libby’s boyfriend) left us on Tuesday morning and we finished the cycle to The foot of Beinn Sgritheall in Arnisdale and climbed up the steep slopes to reach Beinn Sgritheall’s summit. Once again the views were spectacular. We slid down the boggy lower slopes back to Arnisdale and cycled back along the coast and over the big hill to Ratagan. On Wednesday we did 3 of the 5 Sisters of Kintail (feeling a little guilty for missing out the other 2 as they’re not munros – we’ll be back to do them at a later date!) and the 3 brothers. We added Ciste Dubh on the end and dropped down to the A87 at the Cluanie Inn.

On Thursday we awoke to a midge apocalypse. The windows were black. After several failed attempts and a lot of the flailing-arms-slapping-face midge dance we ran away from the van feeling very grateful that midges can’t move faster than 2 or 3k an hour. We walked over Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Sail Chaorainn, A’Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire before dropping down to Glen Affric YHA. Glen Affric YHA is only accessible by foot (or bike if you’re not adverse to carrying your bike through a few bogs and streams). It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and this view and its remote location made it feel really special. The warden was lovely and we had a really nice evening in front of the fire chatting to other walkers. On Friday we did a circular walk over Beinn Fhada, A’Ghlas-bheinn, Sgurr nan Ceathreamnan (?sp – the map got a bit wet and the name has smudged!), Mullach na Dheiragain and An Socach and returned for another night at Glen Affric YHA.

On Saturday we walked out from Glen Affric over Mam Sodhail, Carn Eighe, Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Tom a’choinich and Toll Creagach to drop down into Glen Cannich. We were looking forward to a rest day on Sunday but the weather had other plans. The forecast for Sunday looked clear, dry and lovely whilst Monday’s forecast included heavy rain and 60mph gusts so we decided to push on for another day and take a rest day on Monday instead. On Saturday evening we cycled round to Glen Strathfarrar then picked up the 4 munros (Sgurr na Ruaidhe, Carn nan Gobhar, Sgurr a’choire Ghlais and Sgurr Thuarthuill) to the North of Glen Strathfarrar on Sunday.

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Week 7

It has been a wet week!

We started the week with a long soggy walk out from Ben Alder bothy over 5 Munros (Sgor Gaibhre, Carn Dearg, Beinn na Lap, Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain) to Fersit. It rained hard all morning so we took a quick pit stop at Loch Ossian hostel (really cute!) to have a look around, change into dry clothes and eat sandwiches in the dry. The rain eased off but the ‘stream’ between Beinn na Lap and Chno Dearg was uncrossable, even some of the smaller tributaries were challenging, so we detoured to find a bridge.

We have now completed all the Munros south of the Great Glen! Tuesday we had a slightly easier day and between showers we cycled to Clune then mountain biked along the Loch Lochy cycle track to climb Sron a’Choire Ghairbh and Meall na Tanga.

We took a rest day on weds and were really grateful to stay with Libby’s friend Ailsa on Tuesday night. Thanks for the delicious meal, hot shower and comfy beds! We did some last minute route replanning to avoid swollen rivers so on Thursday morning we cycled round to Loch Quoich (feature image above) to begin another long two day route through Knoydart, bagging Gairich, Sgurr Mor, Sgurr nan Coireachan, Garbh Choich Mhor and Sgurr na Ciche on Thurs and Meall Bhuidhe, Luinne Bheinn and Ladhar Bheinn on Friday.

Thursday started miserably wet but soon brightened up when we reached the ridge and we had stunning views. We reached Sourlies bothy just after dark and had the place to ourselves, what a luxury. Carrying our overnight stuff and the wet rocky ground slowed us down and we had another late finish in Kinlochourn on Friday night.

On Saturday we woke up, achy and tired to torrential rain. As everybody knows psyche is water soluble so we made the wise decision to stay in the van. Steve, Libby’s boyfriend arrived, and brought a selection of care packages; cake and party supplies (the van is now very sparkly) from Zora, loads of treats from Ali in NZ, more birthday cards and decathlon supplies from Steve. Thanks everyone!

We did a lot of route replanning and decided to just bag Sgurr a’ Mhaoraich in the wet and link Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach to Shiel ridge on Sunday. This was a great decision and we were rewarded with beautiful calm, sunny weather to bag 9 Munros on Sunday. What an awesome way to end the week.

Munro count at the end of week 7: 193

Week 6

The start of this week (7th August) was a day of celebrations. It was Lisa’s birthday which she celebrated by eating an entire coffee and walnut cake on the summit of Bynack Mor (timelapse evidence coming soon!) and on the summit of our 2nd Munro of the day, Cairngorm, we reached the halfway point – 141 of 282 munros done!

We celebrated that with tea/hot chocolate and cake in the mountain top Ptarmigan cafe. Our teeth aren’t going to thank us! We finished early on Monday and carried on the celebrations at an All-you-can-eat Italian in Aviemore. This was very welcome after our 3 day Cairngorms trip the weekend before.

On Tuesday we had a rest day and spent it in Aviemore replacing various bits of broken kit and putting our feet up. On Wednesday we bagged 3 munros north of Newtonmore (Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain & A’Chailleach) then cycled on to Laggan where we climbed (the first of many) Geal Charn and then cycled on to Dalwhinnie. We switched from road bikes to mountain bikes to walking and back again many times during the day and are very grateful to Duncan for having all the bikes in the right place at the right time even if his pride did take a knock when he fell off into a cowpat covered field whilst trying to cycle one mountain bike and push another at the same time!

We slept in Dalwhinnie on Wednesday night and resisted the lure of the distillery. On Thursday we had a big day scooping up the 4 munros on the east of Loch Ericht (Sgiarneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A’Mharconaich & Geal-Charn) and 3 munros to the east of the A9 (A’Bhuidheanach Bheag, Carn na Caim & Meall Chuaich).

Week 5 (where we smashed previous weekly totals by bagging 38 munros) was catching up with us and both of us had protesting legs at various points throughout the day. We took it a bit easier on Friday and started the day with a fry-up at the Dalwhinnie Snack Shack before cycling west towards Spean Bridge and climbing Stob Choire Easain and Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin in strong winds that made keeping a straight line across the tops difficult. We got a little off track on the way back down to the road and had to bash through bracken taller than us to get back!

On Saturday Libby’s friend Ailsa joined us for the munros north of the A86 (Beinn Teallach, Beinn a’Chaorainn, Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair & Carn Liath) mostly in lovely sunshine. It was lovely to have Ailsa’s company. We finished the week with another big day on Sunday picking up Creag Pitridh, Mullach Coire an lubhair, Beinn a’Chlachair, Carn Dearg, (yet another) Geal-Charn, Aonach Beag, Beinn Eibhinn, Ben Alder & Beinn Bheoil as we meandered from the A86 to Ben Alder bothy. We arrived at the bothy an hour or so before sunset. The sky was bright red and looked amazing reflected in Loch Ericht. It was a truly stunning place to end the week.

Week 5

After resting most of the day, on Sunday evening we had a relaxed walk into the base of Carn Bhac and wildcamped to trim the distance off Mondays walk. The cloud of midges outside our tent Monday morning helped us get swiftly up and out and we bagged our first Munro before 8.30am! We motored around the route of 8 Munros and had great views between the showers. We fortuitously made down to Glen Shee ski centre 2mins before they stopped serving where we got free creme brulé! We also met Duncan, Libby’s dad and our support team for August.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we bagged the 13 Munros between Glen Shee and Glenmuick with an overnight stop at Glen Doll. The high valleys and abundance of paths made these days feel like a real treat and we were happy to be joined by our next batch of visitors on weds night. Amy (Lisa’s friend) has come up from London to join us and Matt and Sarah (friends from Sheffield uni) met up with us after climbing in the area. On Thursday we had a fun team ascent of Mount Keen – the most easterly Munro. It was great to see everyone.

Friday to Sunday we did a great but challenging three day trip to bag 16 of the 18 munros in the Northern Cairngorms. In true Scottish fashion we had a great mix of beautiful sunny skies, bitter wind, fog and heavy showers. We stayed at Hutchinson’s memorial bothy and Corrour bothy (which luxuriously has a toilet!) and had great company at both. On Saturday evening and Sunday we were joined by Matt Dickinson, a fellow adventurer and contributer to the Next Challenge grant. It was great to talk all things adventure while we climbed Munros together. Thanks for the cake, custard and whisky Matt! To top off a hard week we cycled the long slog up to Cairngorm ski centre in preparation to climb the final 2 Munros in the Cairngorms and reach the halfway point on Monday – Lisa’s birthday.

Munro count: 139

Week 4

We started the week from Glen Lochay in glorious sunshine. On Monday we bagged Sgiath Chuil, Meall Glas, Creag Mhor & Beinn Heasgarnich and had blue skies, fluffy marshmallow clouds and view from all of them. We topped the day off with a swim/wash in a beautiful mountain river.

On Tuesday we did 2 very hilly cycle rides and 3 individual Munros. The last cycle was relentlessly uphill and took it out of us a bit so we had a rest day in the cafes of Killin on Wednesday. We also met up with a friend’s parents who have walked most of the Munros so we picked their brains about routes.

On Thursday we had a great day and bagged Meall Nan Tarmachan and then 7 munros in the Ben Lawers range. There were paths for the whole way and very little descent between them – what a treat!

On Friday we did a little circuit of 4 munros (again with a path all the way!) and then cycled over to the iconic Schiehallion. Julie (Libby’s mum) joined us for Schiehallion – her first Munro! We’re hoping she’s caught the Munro bug.

For the weekend we had planned a 3 day trip with 2 overnight wild camps but found we could save a lot of miles, a bit of ascent and a lot of faff by splitting it into 2 long days instead and returning to the van. We did the first of these on Saturday starting with a 5 mile cycle from Blair Atholl followed by 32 miles of walking across heather covered slopes and an 8 mile mountain bike ride (in the dark)! It was midnight by the time we arrived back at the van tired, but happy.

Big thanks this week to Steve (Libby’s boyfriend), Mike (Lisa’s boyfriend) & Adam (Mike’s friend) for dropping mountain bikes for us and to Julie (Libby’s mum) who has done a fantastic job of driving the camper van, shopping and generally making our lives so much easier over the last month but is heading home today.

Munro count: 101

Week 3

It’s the end of week 3 and our bodies are getting pretty used to the routine of Munro bagging at speed! The amount of food we are eating is becoming comical. We gave Steve, Libby’s boyfriend who is joining us for the weekend, a shock when we demolished an entire Jamaican ginger cake in about 30 seconds as second pudding.

The end of last week was topped off with a lovely meeting with the inspiring Kathleen Murgatroyd, the first woman and second person to complete a continuous self propelled round. We are feeling very grateful for the technology, information and lightweight kit we have available to us now.

We have had a great week and we treated with really sunny and calm day to kayak across loch Lomond, we also managed to climb Ben Vorlich and Ben Vane the same day, it was a long day out on the hill but we managed to catch a beautiful sunset. Other highlights of the week include a relaxing rest day in the cafés around Crianlarich and bagging a string of 5 munros in the area on another wind free day.

We had an exciting time climbing Ben Lui via the direct route from the track (not recommended!). It was wet and windy but we bagged another 5 munros that day. We are feeling really grateful for our Alpkit kit for keeping us warm on these soggy days. Today we have finished off the week with the lonely Ben Chonzie and a picturesque cycle ride.

Munro count: 74

Week 2

We had a rest day in Fort William on Tuesday to do some more route planning and to reload on calories. On Weds we picked up 4 more Munros in Glen Coe on a beautiful day, we had a great view from the top.

We cycled down Glen Etive on Wednesday evening which was a lovely ride. Thursday and Friday we did a 2 day run with an overnight wild camp to pick up 9 Munros. The weather was threatening but fortunately most of the rain fell overnight on Thursday and we stayed relatively dry.

No such luck on Saturday where it chucked it down all day, it was tempting to call another rest day but we put full waterproofs on and bagged another 5 Munros. We were fortunate to find a campsite with a much needed drying room for the Saturday night.

On Sunday we cycled west and picked up 4 Munros, including our 50th Munro – Ben Cruachan. A successful, but pretty wet week!

Munro count: 53

Week 1

The kayak across the Sound of Mull, guided by Nick from clear water paddling was really fun. After a long cycle and picking off the 3 munros north of Glenfinnan we did the 18 Munros of the Tranter’s round (Glen Nevis) over two days, stopping in Meannach bothy where Mike had kindly set up camp for us. This was a rewarding two days out with lots of scrambling, although the views were fleeting as we were mostly inside the cloud.

Corin and Bo were going planning to meet us on Friday on their way to Ben Nevis – but hard-going ground and tired legs made for a late evening for us so we met in the campsite at the end of the day. Corin and Bo had a great day scrambling along the ridge between CMD and Ben Nevis. The first week has been a successful week (27 out of 282 Munro’s ticked off). Over the next couple of days we had some great days out as the Bog Beauty team reunited! The best thing was doing the Anoach Eagach ridge together, the weather was perfect for it.

The next couple of weeks will be very challenging. We are often doing long – often 10-13 hours of combined running and cycling! We hope to keep the website updated every week, but Scotland is not famous for its reception so bear with us for the latest Munro Round 2017 news!

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Munro count: 27

The Next Challenge Grant

We are really excited to announce that we have won a grant from The Next Challenge! They are giving us £600 towards our challenge; this will help out so much and give us the best chance of a successful completion. Thank you so much!

The Next Challenge is an awesome little scheme set up by Tim Moss, a British adventurer. He aims to encourage others to have their own adventures by telling his own stories through a blog and the books he has written, and by providing support in the way of advice and his expedition grant. The adventures he supports are of all shapes and sizes, from having adventures with a newborn baby, to a mother and daughter paddle boarding through the Lake District to ours – you can check out this years full list here. Tim has funded and supported many adventures including Elise Downing and her VERY long run (5,000 miles!) around the coast of Britain (read more about her here).

The money is donated by Tim, a small collection of other adventurers and several small donations from the public. If you would like find out more about donating to a cause like this click here.

Thanks again to Tim at The Next Challenge, we are so excited to receive support like this – it really validates our idea and spurs us on to try as hard at this as possible. Only 2 weeks to go now!

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Why are we doing this? Mostly to see if we can. To push ourselves. To explore a beautiful country that neither of us know well enough and to put our love for running to the ultimate test! But none of that stops us raising money for three very good causes along the way. We have chosen an international, national and local charity which are close to our hearts and that we believe are really fantastic causes. These are: WaterAid who provide clean water and decent sanitation to some of the world’s poorest people; Parkinson’s UK, who support sufferers of Parkinson’s and research into this devastating disease; and a local Outdoor Centre – Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre.

You can read more about these charities on our fundraising page and whilst you’re there, why not donate a pound or two. Every donation, however small, will help to provide a person in need with clean drinking water or sanitation, support someone with Parkinson’s Disease or help a young person to fall in love with the outdoors. And on drizzly Scottish days when we’re being eaten alive by midges whilst wading through Scottish bogs to reach remote munros it will probably spur us on too.



Training update

With just over 1 month to go until the start of the round Lisa and Libby have been busy training and planning logistics for the round!

Here is a photo-update of what we’ve been up to:

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Huge Thank You to our sponsors!

We are lucky enough to have been given some free kit to help us with the training for completion of our Munro round. Alpkit and Inov-8 have very generously given us some running and cycling clothes, camping stove and pans and running shoes (respectively).

Additionally, Harvey Maps have given us a discount on their maps to help us navigate our way around Scotland. RockTape are helping us stay injury free by providing us with a roll of their kinesiology tape and the Scottish Youth Hostel Association are letting us stay in their hostels for half price over the summer for when we need a shower or break from van-life.

We are looking forward to testing out this kit over the next few weeks as part of our training!

The Munro-mobile has landed!

We have just acquired this magnificent big red van! This will be our support vehicle and home for the majority of the trip. In the meantime Lisa is excited to be taking it for a spin around France to test it out. Can you help us decide on a name for the van?

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Proposed schedule:

Week Areas No of Munros
3rd July
Mull, Glenfinnan and Southwest Highlands (Glen Nevis, Glen Coe) 31
10th July
Southwest Highlands 27
17th July
Southern Highlands (Ben Lomond and the Trossachs, Mamlorn) 28
24th July
Southern Highlands and Southern Cairngorms 29
31st July
Cairngorms 26
7th Aug
Central Highlands 32
14th Aug
West Highlands 29
21st Aug
West Highlands 21
28th Aug
Cuillins and North West Highlands 26
4th Sept
North West Highlands 24
11th Sept
North West Highlands 9