A munro is the name given to a Scottish mountain whose peak reaches 3,000 feet or more. There are 283 in total. Yesterday I had a grand plan - to climb all of them. To become a munro bagger and a munroist. This would combine my love of mountain flora and spectacular scenery. It would keep me fit. It would add adventure to my otherwise safe life. This morning I decided to look at this challenge in a bit more detail and started to consider the task a shoe-in, a done deal, not a problem at all. Then I came across this on Wikipedia:
"The usual ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle itself is by its long east
ridge, a climb of 50 metres vertically involving two roped 30m pitches. Although graded Moderate (the lowest grade now in use in the British grading system),
with good holds, the ridge is narrow and exceptionally exposed. This
route was described by an early climber as "a knife-edged ridge, with an
overhanging and infinite drop on one side, and a drop on the other side
even steeper and longer". Some climbers prefer to tackle the much shorter west ridge (20 m),
graded Very Difficult. It is usual to descend from the summit of the
Pinnacle by abseiling off the west end, and a permanent anchor is sited on the summit for this purpose."
The Inaccessible Peak is a munro. Even the name sounds scary. I have seen a picture of it - it is scary! For someone who cannot go higher than a single storey on a ladder, it is the stuff of Room 101.
Today I have abandoned my plan to conquer all 283 Munros. I might manage 282 of them...