THE 'MERRICK' CHALLENGE

Mount MERRICK in the southern highlands of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway
Mount MERRICK in the southern highlands of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway

The website administrator of this site, Granddad of five, Tony Merrick, has challenged his family to all be at a suitable level of fitness by the Summer of this year to enable them all to undertake a family climb to the summit of their namesake mountain, Mt Merrick.  He was aware that his Grandchildren, like many other kids, were hooked on technology and spent a lot of time in doors instead of getting out and exercising. Infact, according to several websites the average child these days aged between 5 and 16 spends an insane six and a half hours in front of one screen or another every day. For only an eighth of that time does the average child play outside. “By the age of seven the average child will have spent a full year of 24 hour days in front of a screen” according to psychologist, Dr Aric Sigman.

 The demands of balancing work with family commitments also means that adults are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a reasonable level of fitness too.

 

The family have risen to the challenge and have all pledged to make an effort to get out and train for the climb as no one wants to be the one that lets the team down by failing to make the summit.

 

All nine climbers, ranging from 12 to 65 years old, are related to Sam Merrick, the little boy who is the inspiration for this Charity.  The team consists of Grand parents, Dad, Brother's, Aunt's, Uncle, and Cousins of Sam and are hoping to gain sponsorship from individuals, clubs, businesses etc. They are funding their own travel and accomodation costs so every penny donated will go directly to the charity.

All donations, however small, will add up to make a huge difference to the number of holidays that the charity can offer to deserving families.

 

The climb will take place on Sunday 27th of August 2017.  Probably accompanied by a million midges.

 


MEET THE TEAM

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For those that like facts and figures

 

Location: Galloway Forest Park in Galloway and Dumfries.

 Height: 841metres/2766 feet.

 Distance of walk: 15 Kms/9 miles.

 Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

 Difficulty rating: Medium.

 Highest mountain in southern scottish highlands

 144 mile view to Mt Snowdon in Wales, which is the longest line of site in the British Isles.  Oddly however, due to the topography, you can't view Mt Merrick from Mt Snowdon.

Most popular hill in South West Scotland for walking.

 The Grey Man of Merrick: is what is known in Geological terms as a mimetolith.

 A mimetolith is a natural topographic feature, rock outcrop, rock specimen, mineral specimen, or loose stone the shape of which resembles something else, in this case the face of a man. 

 



Left is the route to the summit and Right the altenative return route taking in the Grey Man of Merrick
Left is the route to the summit and Right the altenative return route taking in the Grey Man of Merrick
The Grey Man of Merrick who looks remarkably like Sam's recently deceased 92 year old Great Granddad, George Merrick
The Grey Man of Merrick who looks remarkably like Sam's recently deceased 92 year old Great Granddad, George Merrick


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