MANY people take a lifetime to bag all the Munros but one Bearsden man has set himself the challenge of completing them all in just THREE MONTHS.
Kevin Woods (21), a keen hillwalker from Kinnaird Crescent, aims to start his epic expedition to climb all 282 Munros in Scotland on May 1 and complete the challenge by August 7.
It’s all for a good cause as the money he raises will be donated to Diabetes UK as his 24-year-old brother Stephen has the condition.
Kevin has set himself a target of reaching £5,000 or more to help fund research into new treatments and a cure for diabetes, which affects one in 25 people in Scotland.
Munros (over 3,000 feet) are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. The average time taken to bag all the Munros is around eight years.
Kevin is no stranger to tackling the Munros and has already bagged 238.
However, for his latest challenge he is staring from scratch and aims to complete all 282 mountains in just 100 days, cycling between them and camping overnight.
Kevin said: “I’m super excited about this although mum is a bit worried about me. I’ve built my level of fitness up so I think I’ll be able to cope.
“I know there will be lots of scary things I will have to do along the way, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
“Friends have promised to join me on some of the mountains and my dad is going to bring me food and clean clothes.”
Charlie Campbell, a former postman from Glasgow, held the record for the fastest round of the Munros between 2000 and 2010. He completed them in 48 days 12 hours, finishing on July 16, 2000, on Ben Hope.
His record was broken by Stephen Pyke of Stone, Staffordshire, in 2010. He completed the round in 39 days, nine hours.
To donate to Kevin’s fundraising campaign go to www.kevinwoods.co.uk where you can also follow his blog or facebook page, which will be updated during his journey.