Jan Fokke Oosterhof and Geert van Nispen – and we aim to run all the Munros as fast as possible. Till now there are only 15 Dutch compleationistst and we want to become the fastest. Make sure to check out his website and be inspired!
At Cortazu, we’re proud to say the Jan Fokke and Geert have been using our gear during their hikes. Let’s get to know them a little bit better by asking him some questions about the Munro Mission 2023, their goals and why they're working with Cortazu!
Hi Jan Fokke, tell us a bit more about Munro Mission 2023
February 1st we launch our Munro Mission-project. We are two Dutch adventurers – Jan Fokke Oosterhof and Geert van Nispen – and we aim to run all the Munros as fast as possible. Till now there are only 15 Dutch compleationistst and we want to become the fastest.
A Munro is defined as a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet (914.4 m), and which is on the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) official list of Munros. The best known Munro is Ben Nevis (Beinn Nibheis), the highest mountain in the British Isles at 4,413 feet (1,345 m).
Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munro's Tables, in 1891. The list has been the subject of subsequent variation and as of 10 December 2020, the Scottish Mountaineering Club has listed 282 Munros.
"Munro bagging" is the activity of climbing all the listed Munros. As of 31 December 2021, 7,098 people had reported completing a round. Till now 15 people from The Netherlands have become completionists.
Explain us what it's like to climb the Scottish Mountains
Compared with some continental ranges, Scottish mountains might be modest in height, but walking and climbing in them can be treacherous because of their latitude and exposure to Atlantic and Arctic weather systems. Even in summer, conditions can be atrocious; thick fog, strong winds, driving rain and freezing summit temperatures are not unusual.
Winter ascents of some Munros are serious undertakings due to the unpredictable weather, the likelihood of ice and snow, and poor visibility. Some walkers are unprepared for extreme weather on the exposed tops and fatalities are recorded every year, often resulting from slips on wet rock or ice.
We start in February which means it is still winter and it will demand a lot from us and our gear. We aim for the best gear available. We aim to find a few basecamps in the Highlands where we can stall our equipment and attack clusters of mountains. Most of the nights we will spend in a tent in the wild.
How did you prepare for Munro Mission 202 so far?
Preparations for this huge project are now in full swing. Over the past month, many partners have joined team282peaks supplying us with equipment. There are also many media channels where we will share our story.
The month of December was mainly devoted to fundraising. We will be away from home for at least four months and to cover the costs we have created some funny initiatives. For example, as a private individual or organization you can adopt your own Munro(s) and a message from you will appear on our websites. You will then receive a book and a personal video message from us from the top of your mountain.
It is also possible to give someone a mountain as a gift for the birthday or the new year. That person will then receive a personal video message from the top. For larger organizations it is possible to adopt a mountain and a duo presentation before, during and/ or after the adventure.
What's been your most memorable adventure so far?
My most memorable adventures so far are a polar expedition on the Greenland Iceshelf, the Marathon des Sables in the Maroccan desert also considered the toughest footrace on earth and finally a 5.090k run from my country to Santiago de Compostela and on to Finisterra.
For Geert the most memorable adventure was running on the GR11, the route that runs through the Spanish Pyrenees. An area with beautiful views and a rugged landscape. The place to push your limits.
Why do you think Munro Mission 2023 matches with Cortazu so well?
An epic journey is only possible due to the support of some extraordinary partners. We share values like adventure, passion, courage and a sports mentality. The expedition will start in winter season. It will demand a lot from the team and the gear. We only work with the best gear available. Cortazu has provided us with hybrid fleece jackets, mid layer recycled dawn jackets and insulated hard shell jackets.
We love working with Cortazu for three reasons. Firstly it is a Dutch brand. Secondly Cortazu aims to compete with the best brands in the world. Thirdly the brand aims for a positive change for our planet.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu.
What are your favorite Cortazu items?
The product we like most is the robust Mountain Hard Shell Jacket. It gives us the confidence that we will be able to withstand the harsh conditions in Scotland.
Jan Fokke and Geert their Cortazu Products:
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