Edinburgh woman climbing seven Munros in one day for touching reason

Ola with her dog Eddie
Ola with her dog Eddie -Credit:Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

An Edinburgh woman hopes to climb seven Munros in just one day, as part of a bigger challenge.

Ola, a team member at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, hopes to have made it up 40 Munros to celebrate her 40th birthday. Along with her husband, and her pooch, the team have already completed 17 climbs.

They started on January 1, all in support of a cause she cares about deeply - her work with the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

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Hillwalking has been a passion of Ola's for a long time, and since she moved to Scotland it's only grown.

She said: "Scottish hillwalking is incredible. It’s like another level here!

"It’s not for everybody because it is straining, it’s time-consuming, with long drives and long days."

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She also said she's seen a significant improvement in her mental health since starting the challenge. While it's been tough, she said it's also been "addictive".

Ola added: "I would recommend hillwalking to anyone who has a very busy mind because you have to focus on where you’re going and how you’re walking. You don’t want to sprain your ankle!"

Ola with her family on one of their climbs
Ola with her family on one of their climbs -Credit:Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Speaking on her efforts for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, she said: "Animal welfare is so important to me.

"I can see how much everyone at the Home cares about the animals we support and how we look outside of the Home to support pet owners in the community as well. I support other charities too but for this challenge it just had to be Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home!

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"It feels good to challenge yourself to commit to something tough and support from friends and family is a huge motivator. Before you start, make sure you know what you’re doing and why you want to do it."

You can find out more about Ola's plans here.