Robert taking on Munro challenge

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)
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A Barnoldswick man is taking on the daunting challenge of climbing more than 30 Scottish Munros.

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

Mr Sneath’s bid begins this weekend when he looks to scale Ben Ime and Ben Narnain before another set in April and then in May when the bid really ramps up.

The retired Rolls-Royce inspector, of Cedars Close, has been putting in the hours of practice climbing everything from Weets Hill to Whernside in recent weeks.

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.

Mr Sneath said: “I have only done one Munro, Ben Nevis, in the past, but I am a keen walker and I enjoy being out in the countryside. I enjoy it, even though it is hard work.

“It’s the toughest thing I have ever done and I’m a bit apprehensive but hopefully I can do what I set out to.

“Walking is so rewarding, it’s a great sense of achievement when you reach the top and can have a look around.

“I was up Pen-y-ghent a couple of weeks ago and it was cloudy until we emerged out of the top of it and you could see all the other peaks. It was like looking out of an aeroplane, it was absolutely stunning.”

Mr Sneath, who is also the treasurer at Barnoldswick Baptist Church, has urged people to support Christian Aid and feels the hardest ventures will be the South Glen Shiel Ridge and the Five Sisters of Kintail in September, which will involve walking up and over 15 or 16 peaks.

He added: “Most of the Christian Aid walks are at weekend so there may be some extra ones done whilst kicking my heels in Scotland in between.

“The ridge walks will be the hardest but I’m hoping by later in the year I’ll be at my peak, so to speak.

“I started supporting Christian Aid 48 years ago in 1967 when I did the first West Craven walk.

“This year there isn’t one which is partly why I’m doing it. I just think the work they do in relieving poverty and justice for all is a really worthwhile cause.”

You can donate by going to Mr Sneath’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Robert-Sneath