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Jim's Mountain Campaign

Last Updated: Tue Apr 30 08:48:09 BST 2013



Jim on the summit of Ben Avon, Cairngorms - 310 down, 3 to go.
Photo: Duncan Gough

Jim's Mountain Campaign

This page documents the "plan of attack" that I made in July 2003 to complete the Munros by my 40th birthday in May 2007. At the time I made the plan I had around 65 peaks left to bag, and I organised them into 41 days on the hills. I reckoned if I got going, and the weather was with me I would be able to achive my target.

As it turned out, the weather was with me (mostly) and, with the help of several friends, I was able to knock off the remaining Munros pretty much to plan, and I finished my round on 19th May 2007, the Saturday before my 40th birthday.

Shortly after I completed my round Foinaven was resurveyed to see if it should be promoted to Munro status. Although a fine looking mountain, I did not have time to make an ascent on my Munro bagging trip to the Far Far North in 2002. But on 8th June 2007 the result of survey was announced and the height of Foinaven was measured as 911.046 metres (2989 feet), so three weeks after my completion I have still climbed all the Munros.

On 25th August 2007 Beinn Dearg [Torridon] was also resurveyed to see if it should be promoted to Munro status. It was announced on 7th September 2007 that Beinn Dearg was measured as 913.675 metres (2998 ft), so it isn't a Munro either. I made an ascent of Beinn Dearg in May 1999.

In 2009 Sgurr nan Ceannaichean [Glen Carron] was surveyed as 913.43m (2997ft), and so removed from the list of Munros. I made an ascent of this peak in 1999 and celebrated it's ascent as my 200th Munro.

In 2011 Beinn a'Chlaidheimh [Fisherfield] was surveyed as 913.96m (2999ft), and so has been removed from the list of Munros. I made an ascent of this peak in 2006.


Planned Trips

I finished my round of the Munros (and hence the 3000ft Mountains of Britain and Ireland) on 19th May 2007.

Overall Summary: finished.


Completed Trips

See also my Walking & Climbing Trips page.

Southern

15th - 19th May 2007

3 mountains / 2 days

  1. Beinn Bhuidhe - solo. Approach via Glen Fyne. Cycled 7.18 miles and walked 7 miles. 4h40m.
  2. Beinn an Lochain - solo. Via NW ridge. 4 miles. 3h30m.
  3. Ben Chonzie - With Frog, Simon, Ruth, Graeme, Dave, Dave, Sam, Duncan, Lindsay. My final Munro. 9 miles. 4 hours.

Knoydart / Fannichs / Cairngorms

30th March - 4th April 2007

7 mountains / 6 days

  1. Ladhar Bheinn - With Duncan. 24 miles. We walked in from Kinloch Hourn and camped at Barisdale.
  2. Am Faochagach - With Duncan. 18 miles. From the Loch Glascarnoch dam.
  3. Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich / Sgurr Mor / Meall Gorm / An Coileachan - With Duncan. 18 miles. From the head of Loch Glascarnoch.
  4. Ben Avon: Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe - With Duncan. 27 miles. We walked in from the Linn of Quoich and camped at the ruins of Slugain Lodge.

Tyndrum / Glencoe / Skye

6th - 9th June 2006

14 mountains / 4 days

  1. Beinn Laoigh (Ben Lui) / Beinn a'Chleibh / Ben Oss / Beinn Dubhchraig - With Duncan. Circuit from Strathfillan Wigwams. 20 miles. 12 hours
  2. The Aonach Eagach: Meall Dearg / The Aonach Eagach: Sgor nam Fiannaidh - With Duncan. 6 miles. 7 hours
  3. Sgurr nan Gillean / Am Basteir / Bruach na Frithe - With Duncan. Circuit from Sligachan. 9 miles. 4 abseils. 1 pitch traverse. 12 hours
  4. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich / Inaccessible Pinnacle / Sgurr na Banachdich / Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh / Sgurr a'Mhadaidh - With Duncan. 11 miles. 45m Moderate. 1 abseil. 12 hours

Cairngorms

2nd - 6th April 2006

8 mountains / 5 days

  1. Carn a'Mhaim - With Simon. 13 miles (Linn of Dee to Corrour Bothy, with side excursion to peak). 7 hours
  2. The Devil's Point / Cairn Toul / Sgor an Lochain Uaine / Monadh Mor / Beinn Bhrotain / Carn Cloich-mhuilinn - With Simon. 16 miles (circuit from Corrour). 11 hours
  3. Carn Ealar / An Sgarsoch - With Simon. 21 miles (circuit from The Red House). 9 hours

Fisherfield / Torridon / Cairngorms

19th - 24th February 2006

8 mountains / 5 days

  1. Beinn a'Chlaidheimh [Munro 1974] / Sgurr Ban / Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair / Beinn Tarsuinn - With Simon. 17 mile round trip from Shenavall. 14 hours.
  2. A'Mhaighdean / Ruadh Stac Mor - With Simon. 17 mile round trip from Shenavall. 11 hours.
  3. Beinn Eighe: Spidean Coire nan Clach - With Simon. 7 miles. 8 hours.
  4. Carn Ban Mor / Meall Dubhag - With Simon. 11 miles. 5 hours.

Lochaber / Knoydart

21st - 24th October 2004

7 mountains / 4 days

  1. Stob Coire Sgriodain / Chno Dearg - With Simon and Ruth.
  2. Gleouraich / Spidean Mialach - With Simon and Ruth.
  3. Sgurr na Ciche / Garbh Chioch Mhor / Sgurr Mor - A 2-day backpack with Simon, Ruth and Graeme.

Skye

15th - 22nd May 2004

4 mountains / 3 days

  1. Sgurr Alasdair - With DaveG and Duncan.
  2. Sgurr Dubh Mor / Sgurr nan Eag - With Duncan.
  3. Creag a'Choir' Aird: Mullach na Dheiragain - Solo. I cycled in to Iron Lodge.

Glen Tilt

25th - 26th October 2003

2 mountains / 2 days

  1. Beinn Dearg - With Simon and Ruth.
  2. Carn a'Chlamain - With Ruth.

Killin

21st - 26th September 2003

6 mountains / 5 days

  1. Stob Ghabhar / Stob a'Choire Odhair - With Simon and Ruth.
  2. Ben Vane - Solo. Used my bike on the approach, via the Sloy Dam Road.
  3. Ben Lawers: An Stuc - Solo.
  4. Bridge of Orchy: Beinn Mhanach - With Ruth. We approached the mountain (via many river crossings) on bike.
  5. Stuchd an Lochain - Solo.

Strathcarron

20th - 23rd July 2003

5 mountains / 4 days

  1. Bidein a'Choire Sheasgaich / Lurg Mhor - With Duncan. 13 miles + 7 mile walk in/out, camp
  2. Maoile Lunndaidh / Sgurr a'Chaorachain / Sgurr Choinnich - With Duncan. 15 miles + 4 mile walk in/out, camp



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