Glasgow man determined to keep dream of climbing 282 Munros alive despite Parkinson’s diagnosis

Andy making his way to the top of the Cuillin Ridge
-Credit: (Image: Supplied)

A Glasgow man is determined to keep his dream of climbing all 282 Munros alive despite his Parkinson's diagnosis.

Andy Munro had planned to follow in the footsteps of his 85-year-old father, Jimmy, by climbing all 282 Munros. However, when Andy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2021, summiting all the Munros suddenly seemed out of reach.

Following his diagnosis at just 49 years old, Andy was determined to keep his dream of climbing all the Munros alive and so, with around 100 already under his belt, he vowed to not let his condition stand in his way.

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Three years later and with less than 70 still to climb, Andy has decided to push himself even further with an epic challenge; climbing the 12 Munros north of Glen Shiel in just 36 hours.

Andy with two of his pals who will also be taking on the gruelling challenge
Andy with two of his pals who will also be taking on the gruelling challenge -Credit:Supplied

Andy will be taking on this monstrous leg of his Munro challenge to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity Cure Parkinson’s, whose research seeks to slow, stop or ultimately reverse Parkinson’s. Andy will be joined by four close friends – Alan Wilkinson, Gary Miller, Neil Gourlay and Richie Vannett, dubbed the Glen Shiel Warriors – on this stretch of his Munro bagging challenge, and all are excited to start the climb.

Andy said: "I’m looking forward to spending time in this beautiful, rugged and remote area, with jaw-dropping views (weather permitting). I’m also looking forward to some big laughs in great company!"

Andy and the Glen Shiel Warriors have been planning their route and organising the logistics of the climb to make sure they summit all 12 in 36 hours. They also want to make sure they are all physically prepared for the daunting challenge.

Andy is determined to not let his Parkinson's get in the way
Andy is determined to not let his Parkinson's get in the way -Credit:Supplied

For Andy, that has meant getting out on more hikes and joining his local gym, who have kindly been helping with his fundraising efforts by organising sponsored events including a 24 hour ‘step-athon’. Now, with only a few weeks to go before the challenge begins, the anticipation is building:

Andy added: "Obviously I’m a little apprehensive. It's a huge challenge and we'll need to call on all the stamina we have, but I can't wait!”

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This epic climb is not only to raise funds for a cause very close to Andy’s heart, but also to show that a Parkinson’s diagnosis doesn’t mean the end of a longstanding dream.

“I want to help while proving to myself that big challenges are still possible.”

Cure Parkinson’s is extremely grateful to Andy and the Glen Shiel Warriors for raising funds in support of our vital Parkinson’s research with their Munro challenge.

Helen Matthews, CEO, said: "Fundraising support is absolutely critical for the charity to enable us to achieve our goal. We aim to cure Parkinson’s and the only way we will do this is through the help of all our incredible supporters – it’s as simple as that!”

To donate to and find out more about Andy and the Glen Shiel Warriors’ challenge, please visit here.

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