Meet Our Supporters – Hazel Strachan

Meet our supporters – Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR) rely massively on public donations and fundraisers to keep their services running. Over the years they have had some incredible supporters who have set themselves huge challenges. SMR couldn’t do what they do without financial support from people like them.

Hazel Strachan in the month of June is the amazing women who climbed 100 Munros in 30 days, Hazel said, “I’m climbing 100 Munros in June to raise funds for Scottish Mountain Rescue because of the commitment these volunteers have for saving lives.”

SMR Vice-Chairman Kev Mitchell said, “Hazel’s 100 Munros in 30 days’ challenge is a monumental sustained effort during a month that was not helpful weather wise but probably reflected some of the conditions encountered by Scottish Mountain Rescue teams, volunteering to save lives, any hour, any day, any weather.  We are all hugely impressed and grateful for her support and we wish her well when she is putting her feet up and enjoying a well-earned rest for a few days!! Very well done and thank you from all the Scottish Mountain Rescue family.”

With the weather not on Hazel side she said, “The lowest points of the month were the hours spent walking in driving rain. I was lucky to use wind direction so that most of the time I could walk with the rain battering the back of my hood instead of directly into my face. I just had to get on with walking.” Hazel carried on to say, “I’ve been tired, very tired at times but I’ve pulled through to complete my challenge.”  Although the weather played a negative part in her journey Hazel had some great days, “The highest point of the month was amazing. I climbed the most difficult Munro, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, which is a graded rock climb, and traversed round Coire Laggan on a steep rock guided by Jonah Jones a professional Mountain guide who volunteers for Skye Mountain Rescue team.”

Hazel had a great support network behind her, she said, “I would like to thank my husband, Ian, who was in charge of looking after me once I was off the hill. He did a super job making my meals and driving our motor home to where I needed to be based even when I changed the plans so many times because the weather forecasts changed yet again. I’d also like to thank Jonah Jones for guiding me on the Cuillin and David (Heavy) Whaley, ex RAF Mountain Rescue, for meeting me on Lochnagar to draw the adventure to a close.

 There have been so many friends and followers who have encouraged me via Twitter and texts. They have been invaluable in spreading the word about my challenge and generously donating to Scottish Mountain Rescue.”

SMR would like to send a massive thank you to Hazel and all their supporters as they all play a huge part in keeping the Scottish Mountain Rescue running. Your support really matters.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003