Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Kilmaurs businessmen aim to conquer Munros in a year
A BAGGER and a snapper are set to don their hiking boots as they get set to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
Pals Jock Tannock and John Dewar (pictured above) plan to conquer Scotland’s Munros during the next 12 months.
Preparations to tackle each of the 283 peaks over 3000ft are at an advanced stage, with an array of camping equipment at the ready.
Only one of the lads, both from Kilmaurs, has climbed a Munro before but they are confident of achieving the ambitious goal.
And despite the recession the local businessmen reckon the only way is up...and up. Jock, 46, said: “It’s something I’ve intended doing since I climbed Ben Cruachan as a 14-year-old boy.
“I recall vividly looking down upon Loch Awe and at the breathtaking scenery. I never imagined it would take so long to climb another, though.”
John, 48, said: “I’ve done loads of hillwalking on Arran but never anything like this. I know how tough it’s going to be but I’m sure we’ll manage.”
The idea to tackle Sir Hugh Munro’s list of the country’s highest mountains materialised thanks to the pair setting up their own businesses.
Photographs from the duo’s exploits will feature on the image galleries of Jock’s munro-bagger.com and John’s Fotografia UK websites.
People who successfully scale a Munro can order mementos such as t-shirts, caps and other merchandise online to recognise his or her feat.
Munro-bagger.com is also arranging organised walks and sponsored charity events, including a practice hike from Shiel Bridge to Glen Affric in a bid raise fitness levels for the maiden Munro.
“Ben Lomond will be our first climb sometime during the next few weeks. If all goes well we’ll finish with Ben Hope in Sutherland,” said Jock.
“We’re not out to break any records but are determined to climb every Munro and give a detailed account of each. Hopefully we’ll come up with some funny stories along the way.”
Photographer John added: “Jock wants me to take snaps at the summit of each mountain, whereas I only really require photos from the bottom. That means he’s on his own if we happen to fall out!”
To keep track of how the intrepid duo gets on visit www.munro-bagger.com or www.fotografiauk.co.uk
Enquiries: John Dewar
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