ATTEMPTING TO CLIMB ALL 282 MUNROS
AMOUNT RAISED FOR BRITISH RESCUE TRUST
SOLO & UNSUPPORTED
Emily is attempting to climb all 282 Munros (peaks >3000ft) in Scotland in one continuous round. She will be completing the challenge by herself, unsupported and entirely self-propelled (using a kayak and bicycle as required). Emily will be aiming to break the fastest known time for an unsupported round. The expedition will involve running around 1500km, cycling 1600km and two stretches of kayaking, however, the real feat is in the total ascent which will be a grand total of around 140,000 metres.
the hard work
A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet (914 m).
Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munro's Tables, in 1891. The list has been the subject of subsequent variation and the 2012 revision, published by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, has 282 Munros and 227 subsidiary tops.
For the full list of Munros, have a browse here.
Emily or 'Scottie' is a ski instructor and adventure athlete. Multiple Ironwoman and Team GB triathlete, she's always looking for new challenges. Scottie grew up in Northern Ireland, but currently lives in the French Alps.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Scottie felt the strong pull of the outdoors and left city-life to pursue a career in the mountains as a ski instructor. She is also working towards becoming a Mountain Leader and spends many days out in the British wilderness honing her skills in navigation and endurance. Along with mental toughness, these will be key to success on this expedition.
Affectionately nicknamed "Smurf", what she lacks in height, she makes up for in smiles.
Ascent of Mont Blanc (4,810m)
Trekked Kilimanjaro (5,895m) & Mount Kenya’s Point Lenana (4,985m)
Ski touring ascent of Mt Kazbek, Georgia (5,047m)
Haute Route ski mountaineering tour (<7 days)
Itera - World Series Adventure Race 660km (<6 days)
Great Glen kayak tour (< 48 hours)
Cycled height and width of Wales 355km (<24 hrs)
West Highland Way solo ultra run 155km (<3 days)
Ran Edinburgh to Glasgow 100km (<24 hrs)
Ran 22 x marathons and 1 ultra-marathon race (marathon PB: 03:25:08)
2 x long distance open-water swims (10km & 14km)
Breca SwimRun Jersey (2nd female team)
Completed 7 x Ironman distance triathlons (PB: 11:12:28)
Represented GB in age-group long-distance triathlon, winning AG
and what's involved
Starting on Saturday 26th May on Ben Hope, Emily will be attempting to make a continuous, self-propelled and self-supported munro round.
Taking in all 282 of Scotland’s mountains over 3,000ft as listed in the Munro Tables produced by Sir Hugh Munro, this challenge will involve a combination of hiking, scrambling and trail running on each of the peaks, with a road bike to get between the different mountainous areas. Emily will also kayak across the Sound of Mull to reach Ben More – the only munro on an island, outside of the Isle of Skye (which she will be reaching on her bike crossing the bridge over the Kyle of Lochash).
Whilst a few people have done a self-propelled continuous munro round before, Emily's is going to be a little different. The majority of challengers have (understandably) used a support vehichle to ferry equipment, food and perhaps most sigficiantly, their bikes around. Emily has decided to undertake her journey without any logisitical support at all, going alone for the duration of the expedition. She will be required to carry all her equipment on her bike (including tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment etc. and factor in carrying and buying food provisions along the way.
Her route will take her from the most northerly munro (Ben Hope) down the North West of Scotland, heading over to Skye and then Mull before crossing the Great Glen and taking in the Monadhliath Mountains, en route to the Cairngorms. The great wilderness of the Cairngorms adds an extra complication for an unsupported mission – there are two primary access points by road, separated by 108km – supported self-propelled munroists have had their bikes transported by road between these two spots and have been able to tick off the 18 munros of the Cairngorm Plateau in a traverse between Aviemore and Braemar, but this isn't an option for Emily!
After the Cairngorms, she will then tackle the most easterly munro, Mount Keen, before doing the hills around Glen Shee and working her way back west towards Fort William and the highest point in the UK – Ben Nevis. From there, the mountains around Glen Coe will be next before heading for Breadalbane and the munros to the north of Loch Tay. This will then lead her onto to Crainlarich and towards the end of her 2-3 month expedition. The last munro will be Ben Lomond, the most southerly munro, and if the weather gods are on her side and she is able to stick to her planed schedule, she hopes to finish in late August.
Whilst Emily is essentially undertaking a solo expedition, she hopes to be joined on the hills by friends and strangers alike. We will be raising money for the British Rescue Trust, who seek to help other adventurers out there with donations to the associations out there keeping us safe in the outdoors – supporting the Mountain Rescue Services and Mountain Bothy Association.
"This will no doubt be a challenge of a lifetime for me, aiming to cover approximately 1,500km on a bike and a further 1,600km on foot, with 2 short kayak legs across the Sound of Mull and back, alone with nights spent mainly in my tent or in bothies, with a few youth hostels and hotels thrown in. Even in attempting it, I hope I can inspire people to get outdoors and find their own adventures. For me at least, adventure is the thing that makes me feel most alive."
A massive thanks to Rab and Spot tracking for supporting Emily's expedition!
Should anyone want to contrbute to Emily's expedition in equipment, please email
Emily will be fundraising for the British Rescue Trust that supports three UK based emergency charities. They include the Mountain Bothy Association, Association of Air Ambulances and Mountain Rescue. She hopes to raise in excess of £2500 which will be split evenly between the causes. At British Adventure Collective, we want to give back to these excellent institutions who support adventurers when they need it most!