Today was the day Piet bagged his last remaining munro and he may well be still celebrating that fact with a whole lot of his friends at the Rowardennen Lodge at Loch Lomond. Wished we could have been there with them but David is helping Chelsea move once again instead – hey, it’s tough being a great Dad ; )
Anyway, for those of you who don’t know a thing about munro’s – here’s the blurb you need from Wikipedia…
A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). They are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. A Munro top is a summit over 3,000 ft which is not regarded as a separate mountain. As of the 2009 revision of the tables, published by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, there are 283 Munros and 227 further subsidiary tops. The most well known Munro is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, with an altitude of 1,344 metres (4,409 ft).
The Munros of Scotland are known for presenting challenging conditions to hikers, particularly in winter when a number of fatalities are reported each year. Nevertheless, a popular practice amongst hillwalkers is “Munro Bagging”, the aim being to climb all of the listed Munros. As of 2009 more than 4,000 have reported completing their round. The first continuous round of the Munros was completed by Hamish Brown in 1974, whilst the current holder of the record for the fastest continuous round is Stephen Pyke who completed his 2010 round in just under 40 days.
Judith and Piet are great friends that now live in the highlands of Scotland after being in Amsterdam for years. I worked with Judith many lifetimes ago in Cambridge so she remembers David and I first getting together – told you it was a LONG time ago! Anyway, they have visited us over here and every time we go to England they have made the very long drive down from Scotland to meet up with us….. in Cambridge and the Cotswolds.
One day maybe we’ll actually get up to Scotland and make it easy on them!
In the meantime this is a great accomplishment and I for one will be raising a glass to Piet today ; )