Christopher Young, best known as the Producer of the acclaimed film The Inbetweeners and George Watson’s College Governor and MSP, Liz Smith summitted Sgurr Dubh Mor on Skye on Friday afternoon as part of the George Watson’s College MunroMaynia Challenge.
The challenge which forms part of the celebration of 50 years of S3 Projects at George Watson’s College. S3 Projects was started by Sir Roger Young (Christopher’s father), who in 1962 was the Headmaster of George Watson’s College (then a single-sex boys’ school).
Although best known as the Producer of the acclaimed film The Inbetweeners, Christopher also produced the Gaelic film Seachd, about the infamous Skye peak, the Inaccessible Pinnacle. He first became familiar with hill climbing in his childhood days in Edinburgh when his father was Headmaster at Watson’s. He started on Arthur’s Seat, progressed to the hills of Jura and now, living on Skye, he is a regular visitor to the Cuillin.
Whilst filming Seachd, he claims that he was told to climb sections of the Inaccessible Pinnacle ten times while the film crew got the right shot. He said he was terrified! He also completed the Annapurna Circuit with his family in 1989 and, in the following year, got very close to the summit of Mont Blanc, only to be foiled by bad weather.
Christopher said, “I am thrilled to be taking part in MunroMaynia, not just because of how much Projects means to my father and so many pupils and former pupils of Watson’s, but also because I think it is so exciting to have someone on the top of every Munro in Scotland and to be raising money for the key outdoor adventure charities. I wish the school every success in the future.”
Liz Smith MSP, who is also a former member of staff at Watson’s, accompanied Christopher to Skye, and hopes that this month she will complete her own personal challenge (started several years ago) to coincide with Munromaynia. She is scheduled to bag all her remaining Munros, which will mean she has topped each of the Munros in Scotland.
Liz said, “We phoned Sir Roger at his home in Bath from the summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor and he was clearly thrilled to bits that one of his family had managed to bag a Munro for Projects@50. Christopher and I first met in 1964 when we were learning to swim at Watson's in what is now the state of the art pool inside the new Centre for Sport – what a transformation from 1964!”