CREATOR OF SCOTLAND'S MUNROS
Origin of the ultimate hillwalking challenge
Thanks to the BBC for spotting that it has been 100 years since the death of Sir Hugh Munro.
Mountains over 3000 feet (with some other rules to eliminate minor summits of the same mountain) are called Munros after Hugh Munro. Many people climb them today. These so called Munroists or Munro-baggers are dedicated to ticking-off every one of the 282 listed. There are 55 in the Cairngorms National Park.
Hugh Munro has a classic late nineteenth century lifestory. He was born in London in 1856, but brought up near Kirriemuir in Angus and educated at Winchester College and Cambridge. He climbed in the Alps, and served in the Basuto War in southern Africa.
He was a founder and president of the Scottish Mountaineering Club. The club set him the task of listing all Munros, which he conducted with the rigor and enthusiasm for mountain exploration of the age.
Sadly, Sir Hugh never managed to climb all the mountains he listed. He died of pneumonia while running a canteen for soldiers in Provence in 1919.