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Munro-bagging

alfway through the Faculty’s 150th anniversary year, how close are we to achieving our target of bagging 284 Munros and raising £50,000 for our nominated charity, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)? By sheer coincidence the answer is about halfway there! 142 Munros have been bagged (ie completed) or proposed (ie someone has promised to complete one), and fundraising is also close to the halfway mark with just under £25,000 already banked. So, we are doing well but a really big push is going to be needed to achieve either target.

How do we get there?
The Faculty 150th Committee discounted the suggestion that CPD should be awarded for a successful bagging. We agreed that the time taken could possibly be included under ‘professionalism’ but concluded that there is unlikely to be sufficient wireless internet access to record the feat online.
Instead we are planning to make Saturday 16 September a ‘Climb a Munro for CHAS day’. We would like as many actuaries as possible to take a team to the top of one of the unbagged Munros on that day. Students can be included in the plans as the day has been timed to ensure that the actuarial exams will be over.
An up-to-date list of the available Munros is available to the right or by navigating to www
.faculty150.org.uk/munro_bagging.asp. To propose a Munro please click on the link from the mountain in question.
Please remember that the main purpose of our Munro-bagging is to raise funds for CHAS. If you lead an expedition please make sure the team seeks sponsorship, no matter how small the amounts.

Life is never dull
An amazing variety of characters young and old have taken part in the Munro-bagging so far. To demonstrate the energy and enthusiasm that some of our colleagues have put into the Munro-bagging and fundraising, I have three short stories to share.

Dave Duncan
Dave Duncan [FFA 1976” is one of the most prolific baggers this season with ten Munro-bagging expeditions so far. For the most part, these are extremely enjoyable, however this recent email hints at his dedication to the cause:
‘Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre climbed 18 July 2006. Two fairly dull hills so I won’t bore you with any photos. The main excitement is getting the train to/from Corrour station.’
On behalf of readers, I felt compelled to ask for more details. It soon became clear that the climb involved more excitement than first suggested:
‘Two hours into the walk I had three blisters on my heels with only six hours to go and only two Compeed blister plasters in my first-aid kit. I was wearing new boots although I had worn them several times before. I was also bitten more than 30 times on the shoulders and back by large brown insects like grasshoppers who settled surreptitiously on my T-shirt and then proceeded to pierce through the fabric and my skin. I am now covered in large red blobs. I also suffered some midge bites but these were innocuous by comparison.’
A stunning photo of Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain), bagged by Dave on 1 April in slightly cooler conditions is shown at the top of the page.

Doug Morrice
Doug Morrice [FFA 1970” is a less regular visitor to the hills. In his own words:
‘I duly bagged Ben Nevis on Tuesday 27 June. I am not a hill-walker and had never climbed a Munro (nor even attempted to). Therefore I thought I would bag Ben Nevis as the largest one and then wouldn’t have to bother with all the other tiddlers. I did no training and unfortunately was still on antibiotics for a bad cough I had caught the previous week.
‘Duncan Graham and another non-actuarial friend, Mike, agreed to act as my support team and I guessed that I was likely to be slow. I set off from the Achintee car park at 09.40 with the object of making the summit by 14.00. Meanwhile Peter Kilgour and Russell Pugh had set off from the other side of Ben Nevis at 09.00, their objective being to climb Carn Dearg on their way to Ben Nevis and to meet up with us at the summit at 14.00. In the event Duncan, Mike, and I reached the summit ten minutes late at 14.10, less than two minutes after Peter and Russell. Pretty impressive actuarial precision, I thought, but perhaps there was a little luck in there too!
‘I was on my knees at the summit but, after 3040 minutes rest plus lunch, started the descent. I stumbled into the Ben Nevis Inn just after 18.00, on my knees again! However, a beer or two soon sorted that out!
‘The weather was outstandingly good and I was very pleased for my companions (both of whom had climbed Ben Nevis before) as they had the benefit of some absolutely stunning views while I laboured on!’

John Colls
John Colls [FFA 1973”, and the first fellow to climb all 284 Munros as far back as 1982, now lives for most of the year in the southern hemisphere. It will be difficult to find anyone to match John’s enthusiasm and commitment to bag a Munro for CHAS. Over to John:
‘I’ve now firmed up my plans for Bruach na Frithe to a specific date of 1 Oct 2006. It has occurred to me that this date is almost exactly the 25th anniversary of my completing the Munros, so I’m planning to get as many as possible of the original party together for a reunion (plus other ring-ins) with a view to maximising fund-raising.
‘This change of date is in part due to revision of my travel plans to the UK. Originally, I intended to come by sea across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with a break in South Africa. That idea had to be abandoned when the cargo line earmarked for the SingaporeDurban leg changed hands and the new owners ditched the passenger service. I’ve now booked instead on a French cargo boat leaving Melbourne 14 July for Philadelphia via the Panama Canal, then a train/car/ferry excursion onwards to Québec, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, flying on to Scotland on 16 September and returning (by air) to Melbourne on 9 October.’
Thanks to everyone who has bagged a Munro so far.

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