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    • Martin Moran Foundation

      Inspiring people through the power of mountain adventure, climbing and community in wild places.

      Martin Moran Foundation, Cairngorms.

    We’re proud to support the Martin Moran Foundation, launched in 2021 to support 16 to 18-year-olds from diverse backgrounds to pursue adventure in the mountains.

    Martin Moran was a true legend of British Mountaineering. Perhaps best known for his record-breaking efforts on the Cuillin Ridge and the winter Munros, Martin’s mountain career included over 40 exploratory and pioneering expeditions in the Himalaya and over a hundred first ascents of new summer and winter routes in Scotland. Since his passing in 2019, Martin’s family have been working to establish a charitable foundation to carry forward his belief that the joy of mountaineering should be an experience open to everyone – no matter where they come from.

    Dedicated to promoting the positive impact of mountain adventure on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, the Martin Moran Foundation provides all-expenses-paid training programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds across the UK who are passionate about the outdoors and who wouldn’t otherwise have the support or resources to experience mountain adventure. Led by expert British mountain guides and instructors who knew and climbed with Martin, the courses will equip the young adventurers with the essential skills, safety training, kit and confidence to explore the mountains.

    The Programme

    With the help of teachers and leaders from schools and organisations across the UK, the foundation offer fully-funded places on their programmes to any young adult who has a passion for the mountains but may not have the support and financial resources to access them.

    The foundation provides everything from travel and accommodation, through to clothing, boots and gear required for a safe and enjoyable day of climbing. These items are gifted to the participants at the end of the programme in order to support their continued passion and pursuit of adventure.

    The Martin Moran Round

    In August 2022, athlete Robin Downie became the first person to complete the 'Martin Moran Round', an endurance race through the NW Highlands of Scotland, all in support of the Martin Moran Foundation.

    Robin completed the 90 km, and 8,890m in ascent, including 9 Munros and 6 Corbetts, in an astounding time of 20 hours 51 minutes. The total elevation covered on this new course is 8,890m (29,166 ft), over the height of Everest, in one non-stop push through the Highlands most rugged and challenging mountain landscapes. 

    Inspired by the local mountains of his youth and Martin's own record breaking Munros round back in 1984, Robin dreamt up this epic challenge to raise funds for the Foundation and push his own personal limits. 

    'These were Martin's local hills, he knew them better than anyone and shared them with many of us throughout his life. Martin spent lots of time investing in the community he lived in, especially in the young people. Hearing about his adventures and reading his books has inspired me to push and challenge myself even further in my love for hill running.'

    Kit List

    As part of our commitment to support the Martin Moran Foundation, Mountain Equipment will supply each young person attending the course with a selection of kit and clothing to keep them warm and dry as they discover all that the mountains have to offer.

    • Martin Moran Foundation, Ben Macdui

    Island Munros Triathlon

    On Sunday the 22nd August, Alex Moran and Mike Coppock completed the first ever non-stop Island Munros Triathlon in 32 hours and 22 minutes. Scaling all 13 Munros, 6461m of ascent and 309 km of distance between them.

    Congratulations Alex and Mike for completing this impressive feat in less than ideal conditions!

    All proceeds from the triathlon went towards helping young people facing barriers to experience their mountain adventure programme in October 2021.

    Island Munros Triathlon. Photo by Hamish Frost.
    • Martin Moran Foundation, Ben Macdui

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