Tackling the Munro Challenge for Lockerbrook

Monday, 11 September 2017

Libby Kerr and Lisa Trollope are on target to beat the women’s record for a continuous Munro round and are raising money for Lockerbrook at the same time!

While most people are content to take a decade or two to complete their round, tackling a few at a time and driving to the foot of each one, Libby and Lisa are near to completing a self-propelled continuous Munro round. This involves climbing all 282 of the Munros and cycling between them. They will be travelling fully under their own steam, which will involve 1,000 miles of running or walking often over pathless and rough terrain, 1,000 miles of cycling, a few miles of sea kayaking and 149,000 metres of ascent. That’s 17 times the height of Everest!

Libby Kerr got involved with the Woodcraft Folk five years ago when she became Lockerbrook’s treasurer and then bookkeeper. This year Libby and team mate Lisa are taking on the Munros. There are 282 Munros, that is mountains in Scotland with a height of more than 3000 feet, and completing a Munro round is on the wish list of many walkers.

Libby says,

‘Not many people have completed a continuous self-propelled round and very few (only 3!) women. We decided to dream big and have a go, hopefully inspiring more women to get out into the mountains along the way. We are on track to complete our challenge in 80 days. If we succeed this will become the fastest known women's time which currently stands at 113 days.

Why are we doing this? Mostly to see if we can. To push ourselves. To raise funds for three very deserving charities. To explore a beautiful country that neither of us know well enough and to spend some time in the mountains.’

They are raising funds for 3 charities, one international charity (Wateraid), one national (Parkinson's UK) and one local (Lockerbrook).

Lisa explains,

‘Wateraid improves access to safe water and sanitation for those that need it most, something that many of us take for granted. Parkinson's UK offers support to those affected by Parkinson's disease. Libby and I both have friends or family affected by this disease and they have been supported mentally and physically by the services Parkinson's UK offers. Lockerbrook Farm provides outdoor education experiences in a beautiful location in the Peak District.’

You can make a donation on their JustGiving page, here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/munros4lockerbrook

Libby and Lisa are nearing the end of their challenge and you can read all about their experiences and follow their progress on their blog www.beautiesandthebog.com but this is what Libby says about preparing for this awesome challenge.

‘I think the most challenging aspect has been the planning and logistics! There isn't an obvious way to link the 282 peaks and we spent many hours in the months leading up to our departure trying to find an efficient route that minimised our mileage whilst also considering deer stalking restrictions, places to hire kayaks from and where our support crew (friends and family who we roped in to drive our support van around, switch over/collect bikes and do the shopping!) could meet us. We had a good plan before we started but have flexed this, changing the order of days or increasing/decreasing the length of various days in response to weather forecasts, tiredness and road closures!’

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