I am grateful to Jenny Allen, Project Manager, logistics co-ordinator extraordinaire and inspiration for silly ideas; and, of course to Andy T, whose unwavering support and calmness under pressure bolsters my belief that we might just succeed.
I have spent hours and hours and hours poring over maps, recce’ing possible link-ups, then poring over maps some more.
The end result is a route that largely mirrors Donnie’s, with quite a few notable exceptions.
I have strung some link-ups together with the intention of avoiding elevation loss by staying high and bivvying on the hill; I’ve thrown in a bit of extra kayaking (I do love paddling!); reversed the order of hills over the first few weeks; and generally tried to make it my own.
282 MUNROS, 3000KMS, 140,000M OF ASCENT
Climbing, running, walking, cycling and kayaking!
The route is a bit like a wonky figure-of-8, starting with Ben More on Mull; winding its way up the Ardgour Peninsula to go from Glenfinnan, across all the Munros of the Glencoe area and over to Arrochar in under a week; up to the Cairngorms and out to the Easternmost Munro of Mount Keen; only to return to the west and Ben Nevis; before moving more decidedly northwest to eventually finish with either Ben Hope or Klibreck (some route planning is still underway!).
The totals are too overwhelming for me to think about too much, but they equate to roughly 900 miles and 126,000m of ascent on foot; and 900 miles and 14,500m of ascent by bike; with about 20km of paddling thrown in for good measure and to make sure the logistics don’t get too easy!