Peak Bagging in Scotland – Climbing the 284 Munros

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host local resident Bengt Karlsson and his program Peak Bagging in Scotland – Climbing the 284 Munros on Wednesday March 16th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.

For the past 14 years Mr. Karlsson has spent a few weeks of each year in Scotland slowly amassing all of the 3,000+ foot mountains. There is a list of all 284 of these mountains called the Munros Tables after Sir Hugh Munro who compiled the original list in 1891.

Hiking in Scotland is different from New Hampshire in many ways and presents challenging conditions to hikers, particularly in the winter. Tree line is very low which means that you get great views but you are exposed to the weather most of the time. There are no trail markers or cairns so navigation, particularly in bad weather, poses a challenge. Also there is a sparsity of roads in the north so that you have some very long walks that may require camping out. You are further north than we are locally, around the 60th parallel, which leads to harsh weather but long daylight in the summer. Each year, as we see here in the White Mountains, hikers die on these mountains due to being unprepared for the harsh weather. As of 2009 more than 4,000 people has reported completing the list of Munros.

Besides hiking in the White Mountains and in Scotland, Mt. Karlsson has also hiked extensively in New Zealand and in Alaska. He is an avid cross-country skier and citizen racer and has completed about 70 Worldloppet Marathon races. He resides here in Jackson, NH when he isn’t hiking around the world.

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731