On 1st of November 2020 I started the clock. 282 days to summit all 282 Munros*. (*Scottish mountains over 3000 feet). My plan was to finish on the 10th of August!
As of April 2021 I’ve revised the finish date to 1st November due to the challenge being on pause for 3 months due to lockdown.
Why am I doing this?
With various degrees of Covid related restrictions and the winter months approaching, I wanted to find a challenge that stretched me and inspired me to get out on cold, dark winter days. I also wanted to share the mountain beauty with others who aren’t able to get out. I do this by posting pictures and stories on Instagram, Facebook and my website.
Also, fundraising for mental health and suicide prevention feels more important than ever.
How am I doing this?
I’m still working as I undertake this challenge, so I’m getting out on Fridays and weekends, weather depending.
It’s a massive learning curve for me, so I’m relying on the advice and support of knowledgeable friends, particularly during the winter months of the challenge.
I’m sleeping in my small van where necessary.
*I’m holding all plans lightly as Covid restrictions may change and restrict my movement.*
How am I feeling?
At the start of the challenge I was scared. I felt even more outside of my comfort zone than I did prior to the Pacific Crest Trail. Now – a third of the way through (writing in April 2021) – I feel really alive, energised and excited about being in the mountains weekend after weekend with a real sense of purpose.
Want to find our more?
If you click on the map section, you’ll be able to see a real time map of the Munro’s I’ve hugged (in blue) and those remaining (in red). You can follow my Insta/ FB posts on the ‘diary’ section. You can donate to Mikeyline on the ‘support’ section.
If you are are a woman and you’d like to walk and wild camp with my Guide colleague and I this summer (2021) you might be interested in our Women’s Wellbeing Treks. More details HERE.