A company director is taking on a challenge to climb 50 Munros in only 150 days to support an Aberdeen children’s charity.
Bruce Russell, director at Aberdeen-based recruitment business Right People, hopes to raise at least £1,000 for Charlie House, which supports children, babies and young people with complex disabilities or life-limiting conditions.
The keen hillwalker said he often climbs around 25 to 30 Munros each year, and decided to challenge himself.
The 55-year-old said: “I do a lot of hillwalking anyway.
“My wife is a teacher at Orchard Brae School and some of the children that Charlie House supports go there so we thought that was a tie-in.
“I’ve been hillwalking for about seven to eight years.”
Bruce began his challenge at the end of March, at Maol Chean-Dearg in Achnasheen.
He said: “We rented a cottage from Saturday to Tuesday and I went with Clare.
“I’ll be doing the next three on my own though.
“My wife will then come with me again in July and in the last week of the challenge.”
So far, Bruce has already completed five Munros and has even taken Charlie Dog along to see some of the highlights.
He already has more than £400 of donations, and is grateful for the support so far.
He added: “The first week we met people passing us –you meet quite a lot of people as you’re up there for five to six hours at a time.
“On the very first day we went, we met a guy who had an illness that prevented him from walking for a number of years.
“He asked how he could help and he’s joined the group now.
“Someone I have on my personal Twitter has given a donation and I don’t even know the guy. People are keen to help out.”
There are more than 280 Munros in Scotland.
Included in Bruce’s picks is the Inaccessible Pinnacle, called Sgurr Dearg, on the Isle of Skye.
Bruce added: “I’ve climbed it before but I didn’t get to see the views so I was keen to do it again.
“I’m going to try to take Charlie Dog up. You don’t usually take a rucksack up so I’ll need to try and fit him in my back pocket.”
To donate to Bruce’s fundraising campaign, visit bit.ly/2Ijlshe