SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN RESCUE VICTIM TAKES ON 23 PEAK CHALLENGE TO RAISE FUNDS
Following a near fatal mountain accident, 44 year old survivor, Michael Tunney is back to peak fitness after almost three years of operations and physiotherapy. In three weeks time (19th June) he faces the challenge of a lifetime to thank those who saved his life: Oban and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Teams and the Northern Police Treatment Centre in Auchterarder by raising £30,000 – equating to a pound a foot of his 30,000ft ascent.
He aims to complete the route known as the Scottish 4,000ers which covers the nine 4,000 ft mountains in Scotland. However Michael’s route will be a 3 stage – 103 mile trek adding 14 Munros which happen to be in the way!
From Aviemore to Fort William, he will be on foot or pedal power, wild camping or staying in remote bothies. His total ascent of 30,000ft will exceed the height of Mount Everest or almost twice the height of Kilimanjaro. Originally, Michael wanted to complete the route in 9 consecutive days, however medical advice has caused him to change his plans. He had been experiencing pain and discomfort in his hip and his consultant expressed misgivings about the stress that the 9-day trek would cause. So a compromise was reached and Michael aims to complete the route in 3 stages, finishing in Fort William on Saturday the 11th of July. . Continue reading