The Re­tired Bag­ger

The Scots Magazine - - Wild About Scotland -

It wasn’t un­til Nor­man Wares was 62 and re­tired that he caught the hill-bag­ging bug. In 2006 he joined Ne­vis Hill­walk­ing Club, based in Fort Wil­liam, and ticked off more than 250 Mun­ros to com­plete his first round in Au­gust, 2008.

By this point, he had climbed 97 Munro Tops and he spent the next cou­ple of years fin­ish­ing these sub­sidiary sum­mits.

By July 2011, Nor­man, of Cri­eff, Perthshire, had fin­ished his next list, the 34 Furths.

He says: “At this stage, I’d climbed only 12 Cor­betts, so I spent 2012 to 2014 walk­ing the re­main­der.

“I was 70 and I con­sid­ered the next

SMC list – the Gra­hams – but I thought it might be too oner­ous so in­stead

I fo­cused on the Don­alds and

Don­ald Tops in 2015.

“I felt for­tu­nate be­cause my health and fit­ness re­mained very good so I then de­cided to have a go at the Gra­hams af­ter all. I com­pleted on the sum­mit of Druim na Sgri­o­dain on Septem­ber 17, 2017 and be­came the 48th per­son to log a Full House with the SMC.”

Be­ing a self-con­fessed lists ad­dict, Nor­man’s Full House com­ple­tion also co­in­cided with a few other per­sonal records. He said, “Hav­ing be­come aware of other hill lists, such as the Mar­i­lyns (all UK sum­mits with a promi­nence of 150 me­tres or 492ft), the Humps (Hun­dred Me­tre Promi­nence) and Tumps (Thirty Me­tre Promi­nence), I en­gi­neered that as I com­pleted the Full House, Druim na Sgri­o­dain would be my 1000th Mar­i­lyn, my 1200th Hump, and my 2000th Tump. I am ec­cen­tric!”

Now 74, Nor­man con­tin­ues to bag Mar­i­lyns and he is an en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of the Rel­a­tive Hills So­ci­ety. He said, “I couldn’t be with­out a list. Hav­ing a list of hills drives me on and gives me a rea­son to walk new hills. One list leads to an­other to an­other. “The hills have taken me to some fan­tas­tic places and as the lists de­velop, you go to even more places that you never would have done so if you weren’t bag­ging hills.”

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