I’m just back from a few days at Craigower Lodge, Newtonmore, courtesy of Active Outdoor Pursuits and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. I’d entered a competition in the MCofS magazine and was emailed a few weeks ago to say I’d won two nights for two people at the lodge. Myself and my mate Jim went up on Thursday and had two days of outstanding walking, 4 Munros in the Creag Meagaidh area and 3 near Newtonmore itself. The ascent of the last Munro of the day, A’ Chailleach, brings my tally of Munros to 100 exactly, and had we not been on a tight schedule on Saturday to return home I’m sure we’d have celebrated with a malt and a real ale in the Glen Hotel in Newtonmore, our hostelry of choice in the area.
Many thanks to the above organisations for the prize, which helped make my hundredth Munro finally arrive. Having seemed unattainable for so long it’s came as a bit of a shock to finally reach this milestone, having did my first Munro back in the 1990’s, An Caisteall at Crianlarich.
20 Munros in the last few months has helped, the transition from early days of there and back trips for one summit now replaced by once unimaginable multi-summit days.
There have been loads of good days, lots of good company, and many a beer sank afterwards. Here’s to the next hundred, may they not take 20 years to do!