A young charity is aiming to raise awareness of the 10 year old conflict in Afghanistan and funds for services and veterans charities by climbing all the Munros in a single round in under 50 days. DecAid, run by students and ex-students from Exeter University, all aged under 25 and working as volunteers, will support a team of four aiming to climb all 283 Munros in just 49 days without the use of any motorised transport. The Munro Mission is being supported by Nite Watches and the organisers are also inviting teams or individuals to sponsor or climb a Munro themselves during the challenge.
The team will be dedicating every Munro they climb to a serviceman or woman whose life has been lost in Afghanistan over the last 10 years. DecAid is hoping to raise a minimum of £80,000 for three service charities that help current and ex-servicemen and women, and their families, who have been affected by the conflict in Afghanistan since it began in 2001. DecAid takes no political stance on the war in Afghanistan.
The Munro Mission challenge will start on 1 August and aims to complete the final climb on 18 September, covering over 1,600 miles on foot and bike and climbing 81 vertical miles of ascent. The team will be making their trip from South to North. They will start with Ben More on the Isle of Mull and zigzag north finishing on the summit of Ben Hope, the most northern Munro. On average they will be running and cycling 36 miles every day – that’s ten miles more than a marathon. Because the team cannot use the ferries, they will need to kayak from the Isle of Mull and across Loch Lomond.
DecAid’s Munro Mission is looking for donations and also offers of help with accommodation for the team. For more information, including the route the team will take, details on how you can “Sponsor a Munro”, a blog, and details of other DecAid events see the website.