Robert’s Munros challenge for Christian Aid

Robert Sneath (63) has set himself the tough task of conquering 32 of the Scottish Munros, mountains with a height of over 3,000ft, between now and the end of September. (S)
Robert Sneath (63) has set himself the tough task of conquering 32 of the Scottish Munros, mountains with a height of over 3,000ft, between now and the end of September. (S)

With Christian Aid Week beginning today, one Barnoldswick man has shared how he is almost one third of the way through an arduous challenge for the charity.

Barnoldswick Baptist Church’s treasurer Robert Sneath (63) aims to conquer 32 Scottish Munros, mountains with a height of over 3,000ft, by the end of September.

He decided to tackle the climbs in response to Christian Aid’s invitation to embark on the 70 Munros Challenge, a year of walks marking the charity’s 70th Anniversary taking place between February and October, with the charity hoping to raise £70,000, £1,000 for each Munro.

He has so far completed nine munros, having got off to a slow start when his first climb was postponed by a month due to adverse weather conditions.

Due to the overwhelming support he has received so far, he has now increased his £1,000 target to £2,000.

The retired Rolls-Royce inspector, of Cedars Close, said: “The weather at Arrochar was lovely until you got up into the mountains, with low cloud and snow and icy conditions.

“We had been warned about this and had been told that crampons and ice axes would be required. I hired these from an outdoor store in Glasgow, but as it was the 17 walkers in the group, managed to climb both mountains, Ben Narnain (926m) and Ben Ime (1011m), without using the crampons, but the ice axes were definitely needed. It was a very interesting, but tough day.

“Munro three was Ben Lomond (990m) which I climbed in sunny and warm weather on Easter Monday on my own.

“Munros four,five and six were climbed on Saturday April 18th from Blair Atholl. This was Bienne a’Ghlo which has three summits at 975m, 1016m and 1129m, with a bealach (or pass) in between. It was a beautiful morning and it stayed sunny and warm all day.

“Munro seven was climbed, on Sunday April 19th on my own, from near Tummel Bridge, and was called Schiehallion (1083m). Again the weather was brilliant, still some snow higher up, just as there had been on all the climbs so far, but good views all around made for a perfect day out.

“Munros eight and nine were climbed on Monday April 20th and they were Ben Glas (1103m) and Ben Lawers (1214m) which are on the North side of Loch Tay.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Robert-Sneath or use the collection tins available in churches throughout West Craven until the end of May.

Other events being held in West Craven for Christian Aid Week are:

• At St Peter’s Methodist Church, in Riley St, Earby, all donations made at the monthly church lunch in May will be given to Christian Aid. This will be on Wednesday, May 13th between noon and 2pm

• On Thursday, May 14th there will be a Christian Aid lunch from noon to 1pm at Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick.

• Street collections will be held in Barnoldswick and Earby on Friday, May 15th. In both places there will be a collector by the Co-op

• A fund-raising coffee morning will take place at the Book Stop Café, in Rainhall Road, on Saturday, May 16th from 10am to noon. Tickets are £2.50

• On Saturday, May 16th the monthly “Messy Church” from 3pm to 5pm at St Andrew’s Methodist church in Mosley St, Barnoldswick, is called “Mooove Over Poverty”. Linking with Christian Aid week there will be lots of cow themed crafts, games and activities, followed by a meal together. All children must be accompanied by an adult