People often set themselves a month-long challenge: going 30 days without smoking or drinking alcohol; or for men at least growing a moustache during the month of November in aid of charity. All worthy causes, but how about this for a challenge: to climb 100 of Scotland’s Munros in just 30 days? That is precisely what a Mrs Hazel Strachan from Bathgate has just done, all in the name of raising funds for Scottish Mountain Rescue. And if conquering 100 peaks in such a short space of time wasn’t hard enough, Mrs Strachan also had to battle through the worst the Great British weather could throw at her, as she explains, “The lowest points of the month were the hours spent walking in driving rain. I was lucky to use wind direction so that most of the time I could walk with the rain battering the back of my hood instead of directly into my face. I just had to get on with walking.” Mrs Strachan certainly has had enough practice. When it comes to hillwalking in Scotland, she has been there and got the t shirt. In 2015, she became the first woman to climb all of Scotland’s Munros, not once but seven times. She has since climbed all 282 mountains that are over 3,000 ft high eight times. Not content with that she is on course to complete the feat for a ninth time. Surely it is only a matter of time before she hits double figures?
July 23, 2017