David Borthwick leads our Bag a Munro in May Challenge

A huge congratulations and thank you to Walk Leader, David Borthwick, who helped train and lead a group of 6 people up the Inaccessible Pinnacle (In Pinn) in Skye, as part of our Bag a Munro in May Challenge.

Congratulations and thank you so much to all 7 walkers for completing our Bag a Munro in May Challenge, by summiting the Inaccessible Pinnacle!

We’re so proud to have had your support and a massive thank you for raising a superb £3635.00 for the Trust.  Your support will make a big difference to our families across Scotland.

David tells us more about his motivation for our Bag a Munro in May Challenge, his walking background, and what the Trust means to him:

“When I learned of the idea of Bag a Munro in May it instantly caught my attention, particularly with Grant’s birthday being 22nd May, he would have been 17.  I thought I would set down something to grab people’s attention, setting my sights on a couple of options at the top end of Munro Bagging, Carn Mor Dearg arete leading on to Ben Nevis and the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye.  There was no interest on CMD arete, everyone opting for the In Pinn.  Having climbed many a time previously and spending much of my free time amongst Scotland’s mountains, I thought asking people to sponsor me to climb a Munro would not be overly appealing.  Instead, I decided to lay down the gauntlet to others and help them achieve the Munro’s biggest prize while they seek sponsorship and raise funds for the Trust.

My parents being keen outdoor enthusiasts, particularly my father who climbed technical summer and winter routes through late 60’s – 80’s including well known European peaks, I was introduced to the mountains from a young age.  I’ve spent the last circa 40 years wandering the Munros, completing the round of 282 Munros in Aug 2023.  Having climbed many multiple times, I’ve now embarked on a journey with my son Ewan (13 years old), revisiting the Munros whilst my desire is now wandering the Corbetts, smaller mountains between 2500ft & 3000ft but seen by many as more challenging.  As a Cub Scout Leader, I enjoy introducing youngsters to the Munros, giving the youth of today the same opportunities I enjoyed as a child

The Trust has been a valuable support resource to my family over the past 17 years. I am keen to offer my support in return through fundraising.  Previously I organised and completed a walk through the Lairig Ghru/heart of the Cairngorms from Aviemore to Braemar raising c.£12k.  The Trust has provided us with a befriending service and numerous days away/fundraising events to spend time with families who have also suffered loss.  Fiona, my wife, continues to support as an active befriender.  Keen to understand more about the causes and prevention of cot death, such fundraising goes a long way to continued research”.