Friday, January 08, 2010

Aberdeenshire 101 - A Cosmic Challenge

Dear Cosmics,

It is a new decade and it is time to lay down a new Cosmic challenge. This is unlike any other challenge in that there is no trophy, T-shirt, medal* or entry fee. If you decide to take the challenge, it will take more than a couple of hours or a weekend to complete. Indeed I expect it to take months, years or in some cases a whole lifetime**. It is more achievable than the Bob Graham, less likely to wreck your marriage than the Munros, and certainly less anorak than the Corbetts.

In this Brave New Decade I have selected 101 hills in lower Aberdeenshire (east of the Glen Muick, Glen Gairn and the Lecht) that are more than 500m in altitude***. The winner of the challenge is the person who summits all 101 hills first. We spend much time going to the same races, hills and events - but we don't push the frontiers within the 'shire. Hopefully this will bring this to balance.

The rules are:

- You have to hill-run (or at least use your legs, but not a bike) to summit each hill on the list

- Provide some sort of proof that you summited the hill (I'll leave you to come up with a solution of how to do that)

- Once back home, send an email to telling 'Big Bertie' the hills you have climbed, the date they were summited and your proof. (This is critical, else Norris McWhirter can't verify the record and Roy Castle will be very upset).

- If the hill is part of a race - then yes it counts!

- The challenge starts on 8th January 2010. No hills can be counted if done before that date.

- You have to carry the now familar minimal safety requirements (full-body cover, map, compass, emergency food, whistle (phone recommended)).

- I am not responsible for injuries or death. You do it at your own risk.

To help you out:

- An excel file with Hill Names, Altitude, NGR, Lat/Long, Ranking and an overview map has been sent to the Cosmic mailing list.

- For those of you not on the list, please be patient - a web page will appear.

Anyhow - good luck, and good hill-running

Big Bertie

* Not yet anyhow
** Unless you want to run them all in one go - good luck to you - but you have to be billy no-mates.
*** This a county sub-division I have just made up. There are more hills than this greater than 500m, but I am chosing them - not you.


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