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10-year-old twin girls finish Munro round

[ 0 ] 28 September 2012 |

Ten-year-old twin girls have become the youngest to summit al 282 Munros in Scotland. The Munros are mountains with a summit of at least 3,000ft (914.4m) and are located across Scotland.

On Saturday, the twins Cliona and Nuala McCheyne, and their parents Diane and Neil, reached the top of their final Munro, 3500ft Sgurr Choinnich Mor.

And while it has taken the girls just six years to complete the round of Munros, their parents have been walking the Munros for some 26 years.

The family’s west Highland terrier, Aonach, was also with them on their final Munro. He has managed some 224 mountains, too.

One of the twins, Cliona is reported as saying: “It’s been great fun doing them. We’ve never found them scary. Our mum is a bit scared of heights so we always have to encourage her.”

Nuala added: “We take it in turns to get to the summits first if our dog doesn’t beat us.”

Munro bagging is an increasingly popular pursuit in Scotland but it is also a huge challenge. Some of the Munros peaks can be achieved only by walking tricky ridges or taking long and very remote hikes. Most people will take an average of up to 10 years to complete a full round, so the twins have pulled off an incredible feat.

The sisters, of Dunoon, Argyll, climbed their first Munros – Meall nan Tarmachan and Meall Corranaich, near Killin, Stirlingshire – when they were aged just four.

They have since spent their weekends climbing mountains with their parents.

Mum Diane is reported as saying: “We’re so proud. It’s a remarkable achievement for anyone. We didn’t set out to break a record. We just did it so we could spend time together and we’ve loved every minute of it.

“The girls have learnt so much doing it, like how to map-read. It’s been a huge learning curve for them. It wasn’t just them celebrating. It meant Neil and I had also completed all of the Munros. It took us 26 years to do it but the girls only took six.”

This summer, it was also reported that four-year-old Coel Lavery
walked all 214 hills in the north of England known as the Wainwrights.

Inspiration indeed for youngsters out there!

Category: Fun

About David Scotland: A keen outdoor enthusiast interested in all things outdoors, including camping, outdoor leisure such as hiking and hillwalking. Also love cycling, skiing and football. View author profile.

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