Archie Mountain Challenge Reflections:

The challenge is now complete, huge congratulations to everyone involved!

We are hugely grateful to have the support of our team sponsor:

We are hugely grateful to have the support of our media partners - The Courier and the Adventure Show:

What a challenge!

"I love the idea - why has it not been done before!" Mark Beaumont, broadcaster, adventurer, author, speaker.
"Bonkers and wonderful" Lizzie Rose. Adventure racer, artist and mountain rescuer.
"This will be the best adventure to happen, in Scotland/UK, in 2015." Gary Tompsett. Adventure Race Organiser and Adventure Race Athlete.

Follow the challenge on our dedicated ARCHIE's Mountain Challenge Facebook page!




1km up...

We climbed every mountain in Scotland over 1000m in a “Bonkers and Wonderful” relay.

If Sir Hugh Munro were alive today we reckon he would create a list of Scottish mountains over 1000m. We have called these mountains the ARCHIES. In May and June of 2015 we ran over all 130 ARCHIES, travelling between them on foot, bike or kayak. This was an epic feat which was made even more so by the weather which was unseasonably harsh. Our team of 57 intrepid adventurers faced blizzards, gales and torrential rain, although things improved in the second week. We completed the route from the North Sea coast by Dingwall to the Atlantic coast by Arrochar in 15 days 9 hours and six minutes. Read about some of our experiences in the highly entertaining ‘Reports’ section, and there are some excellent news articles in the links below...

A record breaking human power relay over every Scottish mountain over 1KM high!

The ARCHIE Foundation's Mountain Challenge


Scot Outdoors - Archie bagging article.

Fiona Outdoors - Why not bag the Archies?

“So, I’ve got a job for you on wednesday….just need to know if you have your game face on?” - Mike Donald

“This might not be your first Munro Ben but it will definitely be the finest mountain you’ve ever climbed. ” - Russell Duncan and Ben Ulyatt


Media partners:

Fun Facts

The cumulative ascent for the challenge is 87000m. This is 10 times the height of Everest and would take us into the Stratosphere!

The cumulative length of the challenge is 1320km. The vast majority of this will be on foot. paragraph here.

What is an ARCHIE?


From the 19th to the 21st century, from feet to metres, and from opinion to definition!


What is the Challenge?


Great things about the challenge:



Photographs courtesy of Andy McCandlish

Now that the Archies challenge is complete many of the runners / walkers would like to share their stories of their small parts played in this amazing challenge.

Have you thought of Archie bagging?

There are 130 mountains in Scotland over 1000m with over 100m drop on all sides. They are all on mainland Scotland. Most are readily accessible and there are none in the far north.

This challenge isn't just about climbing lots of mountains. It's about making a big difference for local sick children too. You can find out more about all of The ARCHIE Foundation's work by clicking here:

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