Mountain climb challenge issued by WaterAid

Scottish Water and WaterAid are hoping that Scotland's spectacular scenery will help encourage walkers to support their fundraising bid.
Scottish Water and WaterAid are hoping that Scotland's spectacular scenery will help encourage walkers to support their fundraising bid.

LOCAL walkers are being urged to take to the hills and conquer a Corbett to raise funds for some of the world’s poorest people.

The challenge has been sent out by WaterAid and Scottish Water, who aim to put a team on the summits of all Scotland’s 221 Corbetts - mountains between 2,500 feet and 3,000 feet high - between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, June 11.

They hope the event will raise around £200,000 to help finance projects providing people in Third World countries with safe, clean water.

There are five Corbetts between Montrose and Braemar - Ben Tirran, Conachcraig, Creag nan Gabhar, Monamenach and Mount Battock.

WaterAid event fund-raising manager Rebecca Poyntz said: “By taking on the personal challenge of climbing a Corbett, walkers in Dundee and Angus can enjoy a spectacular day in the countryside and at the same time help WaterAid give some of the world’s poorest people better access to something many of us take for granted - clean water.

The Corbett Challenge is free to enter and open to all teams of up to seven competent walkers, 18 years or older. Full safety guidelines are provided online at www.corbettchallenge.org, along with registration details, so first-timers and pros alike can focus on enjoying the day and raising as much money as possible for WaterAid.

Ms Poyntz added: “With over 221 Corbetts to choose from in Scotland, walkers of all levels can get involved. We have even linked some mountains this year so if you want more of a challenge you can take on two, three or even four mountains in one day. It costs just £15 to provide one person with safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene, so everyone who takes part can make a real difference.”