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Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

36: Stob Coire Sgriodain 979m
37: Chno Dearg 1046m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:

Stob Coire Sgriodain:  is a steep sided ridge high above the glacial trench of Loch Treig. It is usually climbed in combination with neighbouring Chno Dearg.

Chno Dearg :  is one of the less distinguished mountains on the south side of Glen Spean, its rounded dome lacking any distinctive features.


Total Climb today: 2025m
Total Climbed so far: 36964m

Many thanks to all who have made donations.
As a result of meeting these people on the hills and my family successfully putting me on Instagram the total raised so far is going up nicely. Donations have taken a big leap since featuring in The Sunday Post & LadBible.

My grandchildren have coined the phrase #bemorenick which is bringing some amusement.

Total raised so far: £8058 (not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

34: Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin 1106m
35: Stob Coire Easain 1115m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:

Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin: A twin to neighbouring Stob Coire Easain, Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin is part of a huge north-south ridge. It looks a fine pyramid when seen from around Moy its central position and height makes it a good viewpoint.

Stob Coire Easain: A twin to neighbouring Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin, Stob Coire Easain shows a steep face to the northeast. This lengthy ridge lies between the deep trench of Loch Treig - traversed by the West Highland railway line - and the Lairig Leacach pass.

Today was the 1st time I have walked with people I found through Instagram and I would like to say what a wonderful group of people. Today was one of the best days ever on the hills. Special thanks to 8yr old Juno who demonstrated both young and old an enjoy the hills equally.
Thanks also to Sandy, Hollie, Robert, Cara, Joe, Fraser, Jay and lastly, Chinook for making my day so enjoyable.

Total Climb today: 2223m
Total Climbed so far: 34939m

Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations.
As a result of meeting these people on the hills and my family successfully putting me on Instagram the total raised so far is going up nicely. Donations have taken a big leap since featuring in The Sunday Post & LadBible.

My grandchildren have coined the phrase #bemorenick which is bringing some amusement.

Total raised so far: £7633 (not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

Many thanks to Hollie from Hollsandvalleys.co.uk for todays photos & videos.

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

32: A'Chralaig 1120m
33: Mullach Fraoch-choire 1103m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:

A'Chralaig is a massive mountain and, despite being lesser known than many of its neighbours, is actually the highest summit in Kintail. The ascent from the Cluanie Inn is an unrelenting slog but it leads up to a very fine ridge and superb views.

Mullach Fraoch-Choire may be hidden from Cluanie but it is one of the finest mountains of the region. Approached from A'Chralaig, the final ridge is riven into a series of exposed pinnacles , and the summit views over Glen Affric are superb.

For the traverse between the 2 Munros Walkhighlands has a good description: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/kintail/Achralaig.shtml

Many thanks to Duncan for walking with me for the day.
Duncan & l met at the Cluanie lnn and followed the standard route over these 2 mountains,descending to the An Caorann Mor path for the return.

I handed out numerous cards to prospective donors about my challenge.

"You are giving me hope that I will still be able to climb the hills when I’m 80", one chap said.


Total Climb today: 2223m
Total Climbed so far: 32718m

We have met lots of generous walkers on the hills recently who have helped boost the total. Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations.
As a result of meeting these people on the hills and my family successfully putting me on Instagram the total raised so far is going up nicely.

My grandchildren have coined the phrase #bemorenick which is bringing some amusement.

Total raised so far: £4843.40 (not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

29: Beinn Liath Mhor 926m
30: Sgorr Ruadh 962m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:

Beinn Liath Mhor 926m is a long, multiple-summited sandstone ridge with steep flanks and a summit sprinkled with white quartzite. It offers interesting views over the Coulin Forest and into Torridon.

Sgorr Ruadh 962m is one of the fine sandstone monoliths of the Couilin Forest. It has a magnificent face above Coire Lair but the south and west sides are much less impressive. The mountain is often climbed on its own via its steep but soggy southern slopes, or more interestingly from the bealach linking with Beinn Liath Mhor.

Janet Tyler, Fiona Nairn, Sue Millar & myself met at the car park at Achnashellach.
We walked into Coire Lair and followed the steep but well defined path on to the Eastern summit of Beinn Liath Mhor.
After a lunch break we walked along the wonderful 3km ridge and on to the main summit.

The descent from there to the Bealach Coire Lair was difficult and very steep in places. Our climb up to Sgorr Ruadh was made harder by an increasing NE wind, but was never dangerous.
After a steady descent to Loch a’ Bhealaich Mhor we dropped down into the Coire by Loch Coire Lair and back to Achnashellach.
Sue and l drove down to Cluanie where we slept in our respective vehicles



Total Climb today: 1888m
Total Climbed so far: 29418m

We have met lots of generous walkers on the hills recently who have helped boost the total. Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations

Total raised so far: £3975.40 (not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

31: Ciste Dhubh 979m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:

Ciste Dhubh is a dramatically pointed summit set some way back from Cluanie and Glen Shiel. It is a fine and very distinctive peak of great character.
I wanted to visit Janet so l needed to be back by 2.00 pm
We set off at 7.30,walked up An Caorann Beag over very wet ground to the steep southern flank of the hill and on to the summit. We returned via the same route. On the descent I told many folk of my challenge one of whom(Linda from Kirkintilloch)recognised me from the publicity l am getting.
We did arrive back in time to have a lovely pot of tea in the hotel before visiting Janet.

Total Climb today: 979m
Total Climbed so far: 30397m

We have met lots of generous walkers on the hills recently who have helped boost the total. Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations

Total raised so far: £4200.40 (not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

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Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

27: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligan) 986m
28: Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligan) 922m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:

Sgurr Mor: is the very fine main summit of Beinn Alligin, taking the form of a graceful dome. It is a truly spectacular viewpoint, both for Skye across the sea and for the Horns and Liathach inland.

Tom na Gruagaich  formerly a Top, was promoted to become the second Munro of Beinn Alligin in 1997. It has sensational views over the sea to Skye and for most walkers is the start of the sensational traverse of the mountain.

For the traverse between the 2 Munros Walkhighlands has a good description:

Beinn Alligin means the Mountain of Beauty in Gaelic - and is well named. This is the easiest of the three famous Torridon ridge traverses, but if the Horns are included it still gives some airy scrambling.
There is a good path for the whole distance, but the going is steep and mountainous throughout. The route just merits grade 5 for the airy but reasonably straightforward scramble over the horns

Many thanks to Caroline & George for being my buddies for the day.

Total Climb today: 1908m
Total Climbed so far: 2530m

We have met lots of generous walkers on the hills recently who have helped boost the total. Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations

Total raised so far: £3443.40 (not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days at age 80

24: Sgurr Dubh Mor 944m
25: Sgurr nan Eag 924m
26: Sgurr Alasdair 992m

Walkhighlands has good information here about these hills:


For this trip I was accompanied by Phil Preston & Tim Carter. We had planned to do all 11 Munros on the ridge. Unfortunately due to to a prang in the car & the weather starting to deteriorate we had to amend our plans so only managed 3 this time around.

Many thanks to Phil for the words below:

Because of the accident the day before and Tim stuck in jams and arriving after a 17 hour journey we started later than we planned and didn't start at the end of the ridge. We first went up via Loch Coir' a' Ghrundda to then climb up Sgurr Dubh Mor 944m.
Then onto what should've been our 1st Munro of the ridge, Sgurr nan Eag 924m. And then lastly Sgurr Alasdair 992m.
We then dropped down and Bivvied out on the ridge just after Sgurr Thearlaich (not a munro).
Unfortunately as you can see in the pictures the weather then became very Scottish, thick cloud and windy, rain forecast later too so we went back a short ridge walk the way we came, descended 2 abseils to the top of the Great stone chute and then descended that way popping out of the cloud half-way down.

3 munros in total and a nice night in a Bivvi plus Tim and Nick had a swim in Loch coir' a' Ghrundda on the way up and the Lochan in Coire Lagan.

Many thanks to Tim & Phil for the company over the last couple of days. The time and effort you both put into helping me over the weekend is much appreciated

Total Climb over the weekend: 2860m
Total Climbed so far: 25622m

We have met lots of generous walkers on the hills recently who have helped boost the total. Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations

Total raised so far: £3308.40(not including Gift Aid)

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog or check out my new Facebook page

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days starting on my 80th Birthday

20: Geal Charn 926m
21: A'Mharconaich 975m
22: Beinn Udlamain 1010m
23: Sgairneach Mhor 991m

Walkhighlands has this to say about these hills:

Geal Charn is separated from the other Monadhliath Munros by several miles of rolling moorland and bogs, and is usually climbed on its own from either Garva Bridge or the Spey dam.

A' Mharconaich is the most distinctive of the mountains above the Drumochter Pass, showing a steep nose to the northeast.

Beinn Udlamain is the highest of the four mountains on the west side of the Drumochter Pass. It offers fine views of the Ben Alder range.

Sgairneach Mhor is a very rounded mountain on the west side of the Drumochter Pass. Coire Creagach below its summit is its main feature.

We used 2 cars to avoid a 3mile road walk at the end of the day. One at Balsporran  Cottages and the other 3miles south (on the A9).
We climbed Geal Charn(917m), A’Mharconaich (975m), Beinn Udlamain(1011m) and Sgairneach Mhor (991m) on the well documented route from summit to bBalach etc until the final Munro when we descended into Coire Dhomhain on the very boggy footpath, and along the track to the car.

Many thanks to Caroline & George for the company today

Total Climb today: 3902m
Total Climbed so far: 22762m

We have met lots of generous walkers on the hills recently who have helped boost the total. Heartfelt thanks to all who have made donations

Total raised so far: £2898.40

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interesed in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days starting on my 80th Birthday

Walkhighlands has this to say about these hills:

Maol Chean-dearg, 933m, is a dramatic, steep sided dome of Torridonian sandstone in the wonderful Coulin Forest between Torridon and Strathcarron. On the north side it plunges in crags down to a lochan and has an awe-inspiring outlook over the Torridon peaks.

Many thanks to Janet & Sandy for the company today. Also many thanks to Sarah who we met on the hill and who took the photo


Total Climb today: 933m
Total Climbed so far: 18860m

Total raised so far: £2475.20

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interested in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog

Nicks Munro Challenge: 282 Munros in 1200 days starting on my 80th Birthday

15: Beinn Dearg 1084m
16: Cona Mheall 980m
17: Meall nan Ceapraichean 977m
18: Eiddh nan Clach Geala 928m

Walkhighlands has this to say about these hills:

Beinn Dearg 1084m is the highest mountain north of the Dirrie Mor. It is a fine dome-shaped mountain, high above deep and atmospheric corries, and a worthy crowning glory to a fine range.

Cona Mheall 980m is a fine stony ridge to the east of the main bulk of the Beinn Dearg range. It offers tremendous views across the wild and rocky Coire Ghrunnda.

Meall nan Ceapraichean 977m is a stony summit to the north of Beinn Dearg. It is usually traversed together with its neighbours and has particularly good views to the northwest.

Eiddh nan Clach Geala 928m rises steeply above Lochan a'Chnapaich; on the other sides its slopes are more gentle. It enjoys stunning views northwest towards the distinctive mountains of Assynt and the Summer Isles.

Many thanks to Phil for the company today

Total Climb today: 3969m
Total Climbed so far: 17927m

Total raised so far: £2015.20

You can donate here: Nicks Munro Challenge

If your interesed in Munros Walkhighlands have a comprehensive list here: Walkhighlands: The Munros

Read the rest of my Journey here: Nicks Munro Challenge Blog

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