Each country has its own unique bounty to offer anyone willing to step out of their home to find it, and we’re lucky enough to get pictures almost every day from Trakke bags out in the wild, helping their owners up their chosen summit.
You’ve touched base from Blatindur Mountain in Iceland, The Blue Mountains in Sydney, Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka, and the windswept hills of the Lake District, to name only a few.
But what about the pictures we post? When we’re off out in the wilderness, climbing something simply “because it’s there”, what is our “there”?
Well, we don’t like to brag, but we’re pretty proud of our Munros, the Scottish mountains.
In Scotland, a Munro is any mountain with a peak above 3000ft (914m). Sir Hugh Munro – a nobleman, and founding member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club - created the “Munro’s Tables” list in 1891, and after various revisions, Scotland in the modern day lays claim to 282 Munros, and 227 subsidiary peaks (too close to another higher peak to count).
But in creating the tables, he didn’t just create the phenomenon of “The Munros” – the quintessential peaks of the British Isles. He also started the modern era of Munro bagging. Because, as you can imagine, as soon as you create a list like the Munros, some determined soul is going to plant their feet at the bottom of the first, and not stop until they’ve summited the last.
Thus “Munro bagging” was born – the act of climbing as many Munros as possible, with the aim to collect the full set.
And we confess, we’re guilty; here at basecamp our numbers vary wildly, but some are well into double figures. There’s no rush, though – the average time to finish is a leisurely eight years. We’ve got time.
And if you do finish? Well, then there’s the Corbetts (2500-3000ft). And then the Grahams (2000-2500ft). And beyond even those, there’s the 1218 summits with a relative peak of 150m or above, regardless of height. We like to call those last ones “The Marilyns”.
So those pictures we post - the ones of us up on high, looking into the distance, Trakke bag on our back? We’re probably adding to our own personal tally of Munros. We may not be on our way to beating Charlie Campbell, who collected the full set in 48 days. But hey, what’s the rush? When the view can be this good, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.
But what what’s your version of “Munro bagging”? Where is your “there”? Write in and let us know. Even better, send us a picture; we can’t wait to see.
With thanks to Kieran Duncan for providing us with the beautiful photography.
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