May Day saw a flurry of activity as members of staff, former members of staff and parents began ‘bagging’ munros at the start of MunroMaynia, part of our celebrations of 50 years of S3 Projects.
The first summit reached was Meal Corranaich in the Ben Lawers Group, and experienced hillwalker, climber and member of our IT Services team, Chris McMorris, took the honour. His approach was to take advantage of the beautiful night on Monday and leave Edinburgh around 8.30pm. This meant he left his car and started walking around 11.00pm using his head-torch, the moon, and the stars. He reached the top just after midnight (12.16am), took a few photos and was back down at the car by 1.30am getting back to Edinburgh at 3.30am for a cup of tea!
A mere twelve and a half hours later Keith Griffiths (Class of 1973) had bagged the first of the three munros he was to summit that day. He did the three main Monadhliath munros, Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and Aí Chailleach in that order (also solo).
During the day former GWC maths teacher Roger Vander Steen, and his wife Marjory, summited Stob Dubh in Glencoe.
Meanwhile Sally Rae, Alison Riddell, Fiona Davidson, Elaine Crummey, Belinda Weller & Veronica Evans all of whom are current parents and three of whom also current members of staff, spent a glorious day walking and reached three summits. They too climbed Meal Corranaich, but also Meall a'Choire Leith and Ben Lawers itself.
Clearly some of the munros may have more than one group reaching the top – as individual climbers and project groups pick hills that provide them with challenges and sensible combinations for a day of walking.
Currently we believe that individuals and groups are intending to conquer 259 of the 283 munros. We would encourage anyone with a connection to GWC to consider helping us fill the 24 gaps – check out the database to see where they are.