Last weekend, a few of us from Nordic Outdoor had the pleasure of joining Will Copestake, and his friends and supporters, as he completed his final Corbett in his Coldest Corbett challenge– that is number 222 out of 222! The day was a great team building experience for us, great fun for me personally, a nice way to meet new people and a prime example of why time spent outdoors offers so many benefits.

 

Will is no stranger to an adventurous challenge, he has circumnavigated Scotland by kayak and climbed all 282 of Scotland’s Munros, a feat that won him UK adventurer of the year in 2015. His Coldest Corbett challenge had a twist, in that he wanted to invite everyone and anyone to join him along his quest this time. People came from far and wide to join Will on a number of the hills and a whole group of people turned up for his last one.

 

The last Corbett that Will had to complete was Little Wyvis, a friendly little hill and smaller neighbour to Ben Wyvis. Ending on Little Wyvis was a deliberate and fitting choice by Will as the final Munro he completed in his challenge a few years earlier was Ben Wyvis.

Our Grand Day Out had a very early, 6am start! The drive to Little Wyvis from our base in Edinburgh was just under four hours, quite an epic drive for a fairly easy hill but that added to the adventure. When we arrived (after a slight detour due to getting momentarily lost), there was already a bunch of people at the meeting point and more kept arriving. The group consisted of Will’s friends (some old and some new as a result of this challenge), colleagues and family.

We set off together just after 11am and there was an immense buzz of comradery and positivity in the air. We were told at the start that there was no set pace and everyone could take it as slow or as fast as we liked but the nice thing was that we all ended up sticking together – this was a team effort and you could really feel that. Conversation floated around and it was nice to meet and learn about many new people but there were also times where conversations paused and I liked those quiet moments too as it meant I could take it all in and reflect on my surroundings and the experience that was unfolding around me.

 

The weather was fairly friendly for Scottish standards – it was mostly quite mild until we got to the top where the wind suddenly made an appearance in full force and more layers of clothing started to appear left, right and centre. The views from the top were spectacular thanks to it being a clear day. We all waited until everyone had reached the cairn at the top of the hill and then Will touched it, marking the completion of his challenge. It was a really nice moment to witness and suddenly strangers didn’t feel like strangers anymore and we all shared a sip of champagne together to celebrate.

 

The vibes on this trip echoed many of my experiences when out hill walking. The views, challenges and accomplishment you feel when you reach the top are immense but it’s the people you meet along the way that really put the icing on the cake. Länge leve the outdoors, Länge leve the hill walk and well done Will on a truly amazing accomplishment.