Scottish 4000s: An In-depth View

Posted: March 20, 2013 in 32 in 72
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The 32 in 72 Challenge is a sponsored event in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. 32 in 72 is an ambitious attempt to complete three major endurance walks in three consecutive days. These walks are known as the Welsh 3000s, English 3000s and Scottish 4000s. This is all well and good, but what exactly does it mean? This post is one of a series that dives into a little more depth and explains 32 in 72 detail, with a view to answering any What? Where? And How? questions you might have about the Challenge.

Although I refer to the Welsh and English 3000s and Scottish 4000s the actual trek itself will be undertaken in reverse, starting in Scotland on the 28th June 2013 and finishing in Wales on the 30th June 2013. This makes sense logistically given that I’m based in the West Midlands and ensures that the most physically demanding leg (Scotland) is completed while I’m still chock full of Irn Bru and porridge oats!

Key Differences

The are two major differences between the Scottish leg and its Welsh and English counterparts. First, the Scottish peaks I’ll be climbing are all 4,000ft or more in height, as opposed to 3,000ft in England and Wales. Second, the Scottish peaks are not located in a single geographical area. Rather, four are situated in the Nevis range and five in the Cairngorms. So, completing this leg involves summiting five peaks in the Nevis range before cycling seventy (70) miles to the Cairngorms to summit the remaining four peaks. Travelling from one range to the other by car would be too easy cheating!

 The 9 Peaks of the Scottish 4000s
 Nevis Range
  1. Ben Nevis (1,344m/4,407ft)
  2. Aonach Beag (1,234m/4,046ft)
  3. Aonach Mor (1,221m/4,003ft)
  4. Carn Mor Dearg (1,220m/4,000ft)
  1. Cairn Toul (1,293m/4,239ft)
  2. Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1,258m/4,125ft)
  3. Braeriach (1,296m/4,249ft)
  4. Ben Macdui (1,309m/4,292ft)
  5. Cairn Gorm (1,245m/4,082ft)

Total distance over the ground is approx. 36 miles on foot and approx. 70 miles by bike. Total ascent is approx. 14,000ft. Starting at first light I anticipate completing the Scottish 4000s in approx. 16 hours.

Map of Nevis Range

Map of Nevis Range


Map of Cairngorms


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