Andrew Dickson's 64 munro climb update!

30th May 2014

Team Beatson, remember we told you about Andrew Dickson? Andrew just climbed fifteen Munros in eight days as part of a fundraising challenge he is undertaking for the Beatson…..to climb 64 in total in the year dad, who is currently being treated at the Beatson, is 64.His colleague Allan Davis who is also raising money for the Beatson Cancer Charity joined Andrew on the last seven Munros. We want to say a huge Beatson thank you to Andrew for undertaking this amazing challenge and to Allan also! Andrew recently got in touch to update us on his progress. You can also follow Andrew's story by visiting his blog here:http://whenim64challenge.wordpress.com/'I did seven Munros in one day yesterday with my work colleague Allan Davis, who was also raising for the Beatson Cancer Charity as part of my own challenge to climb 64 Munros in the year my dad is 64. Our climb together took in the South Glen Shiel Ridge which is about 50 miles north of Fort William on the road to Skye and the mountains we climbed were Creag a' Mhaim, Druim Shionnach, Aonach Air Chrith, Maol Chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain and Creag nan Damh. In Allan's case, it was a new experience in the sense that he had only ever done Ben Lomond before. For me, completing the ridge took me up to 27 Munros so far in the challenge so I've almost reached the halfway point in two months since starting climbing. In the shorter term, I've now done 15 Munros over an eight-day period (three last Monday, four last Thursday, one on Sunday then yesterday's hike).We drove up to the area beside the ridge on Monday night and camped there before getting up just after 4.30am yesterday and setting off just after 6am. The whole walk took us around 12 and a half hours to complete which is probably a bit on the slow side but Allan had problems with his knees on the way down and the descent took longer than it would have done otherwise. The views we had were terrific and especially in the morning, when the sun was splitting the sky. It was actually quite busy on the ridge and we met around 15 people of the course of the day who were either doing the same walk as us, doing it in the other direction or just doing part of it. Needless to say, we were both delighted to get finished around 6.45pm and we even managed to hitch a lift back from the first car which passed us at the end point on the A87, some five miles along the road from where we set out. In total, the walk was 16.75 miles long and we ascended around 1,800 metres.Of the climbs I've got coming up in the near future, I'm doing one for anyone who fancies it up either Ben Chonzie or Schiehallion on Sunday, June 29. Both Munros are among the easiest in Scotland and someone with an average level of fitness would cope with it easily enough. There are more details in the blog I posted a couple of weeks ago I'd be delighted if any Beatson supporters can make it along - the more the merrier. Currently I think I'm looking at a group of around 10 coming up with me.'Wow! Thanks Andrew - what an amazing feat!