In Scotland You Can Bag a Munro

If you’ve ever wanted to bag a Munro, you now have another one to choose from.

Bagging a Munro is not on your Bucket List?

Perhaps you don’t know what it means.

Let me explain.

In 1891, Sir Hugh Munro, an active member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, identified every Scottish summit over 3,000 feet high and published a list of all 282 of them. Each summit became known as a Munro.

With the publication of the Munro Tables, a new sport was born. Hillwalking enthusiasts became obsessed with climbing each Munro. Reaching a summit is known as bagging a Munro.

In pursuit of this goal, hikers are rewarded with dramatic landscapes and unimaginable views.

Bag one Munro and you can’t wait to bag another. Until you can join the select group of people (some 6,000 compleaters/compleatists) who have bagged all 282. I know several people who claim this title with great pride. And so they should.

In 1901, the Rev. A. E. Robertson may have been the first to become a Munroist. We don’t know how long it took him.

In 1974 Hamish Brown documented his four-month saga, and published a book titled Hamish’s Mountain Walk.

Then there’s the super charged Stephan Pyke who, in 2010, set a goal of seeing how long it would take to climb every Munro. He did it in 39 days, 9 hours, and 6 minutes.

But don’t pack away your hiking boots too soon.

A recent geological survey has confirmed the existence of yet another Munro. Number 283.

Mullach nan Coirean East Top, a red granite peak, stands near Kinlochleven, close to Ben Nevis, at 4,413 feet, the highest peak in the UK.

Until this 283rd peak is reached, there is an elite group of hikers who can no longer claim they’ve bagged every Munro.

You might just have to take a number. There could be 5,999 eager hikers ahead of you!

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