#hikeinthehoose to raise money for Scottish Mountain Rescue

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Stirling Union’s Elaine Shepherd and her Ramblers are encouraging everyone to join in and climb their stairs to raise money for Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR).

Elaine and her fellow Ramblers were hoping to climb Beinn Na Lap to celebrate their friend, Joan, completing her final munro.

Due to the Coronovirus Pandemic this unfortunately could not happen and the team decided to climb their stairs to climb Beinn Na Lap from the comfort of their own home.

And are encouraging everyone to join in and raise as much money for SMR as possible.

The ascent of Beinn Na Lap is 562m which is 3122 stairs. That’s about 237 climbs of stairs, depending on you stairs.

To work out the number of climbs of your stairs, you measure the height of your stairs X the number of stairs and then divide the height of Beinn Na Lap (562m) by the height of your stairs.

The challenge will begin at 11:15am on Saturday 11th April, which would be the time they roughly would have began.

Scottish Mountain Rescue rely on funding from the public, many of whom take part in challenges in the outdoors to raise funds for the charity which are not currently possible.

For many walkers, hiking is their social life and this challenge is a way, Elaine says: “to try and combat the feeling of isolation as much as possible.”

This is the time when many walkers would be getting outdoors and due to the current circumstance it unfortunately is not an option.

Elaine says: “I was keen to do it… to keep our members connected and positive in such difficult times.”

#hikeinthehoose will take place Saturday 11th April from 11:15 and everyone is welcome to join in.

For more information and to donate please see Elaine’s JustGiving Page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elaine-shepherd5

If you take part, please send your pictures to Brig via their social media sites and enjoy #hikeinthehoose

Feature image credit: The Highland Times

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