The Rigby Round (18 Cairngorm Munros) Scotland
To many the Cairngorms represent an area of unique and unsurpassed wilderness. Nowhere in Great Britain can you stay so high for so long as their arctic-like plateaux roll on for miles before you. The spirit of this wild landscape appears to have cast its own magic spell by inspiring a tradition of true adventure running. In contrast to most other rounds it is suggested that the Rigby Round is completed solo and unsupported and, ideally, there should be no prior reconnoitre.
The inaugural round was by Mark Rigby on 24-25 July 1988, in 22 hours and 44 minutes, ticking off 17 Munros in 75 miles with 19,000 feet of ascent during some horrendous weather. Since then, Sgòr an Lochain Uaine – which Mark visited during his round – has been elevated to Munro status, and by the end of 2020, a further 26 rounds have been successfully undertaken, repeating the minimalist style of the round’s creator.
Although the round remains an informal affair, Mark Rigby, Martin Stone and a group of Rigby completers agreed in February 2021 to formalise the expectations of a Rigby Round. Those wishing to attempt the Rigby Round should, therefore:
Start and finish at the Norwegian Stone, Glenmore
Visit the 18 Munros of the Cairngorms, including Sgòr an LochainUaine, in any direction
Aspire to do the round with minimum reconnaissance of the route
Aspire to do the round solo and unsupported
Complete the round within 24 hours
Note: The route illustrated above is Mark Rigby's original 17 Munro round. Angel Peak (Sgurr an Lochain Uaine) is now included and is shown as peak 18.
Mark Rigby's schedule - The link to the Scottish Hill Runners website below provides a schedule for Mark Rigby's 17 Munros. Note that some two hours were spent sheltering in bothies and a faulty watch meant some of the later times were estimated. It also excludes Angel Peak which was not a Munro at that time.
Rob Woodall's schedule - The report below includes a schedule for Rob Woodall's route of 18 Munros.
Use the schedules in conjunction with OS Explorer Map 403, Cairn Gorm and Aviemore (1:25 000).
Finishers are invited to add their name to the completions log - enquiries and reports to
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Links and Further Information
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The Cairngorms in one go: an alternative approach - Mark Rigby's article that appeared in The Fellrunner (December 1988).
Scottish Hill Runners Long Distance Records - A summary of over 20 routes including Mark's initial round together with his schedule.
Rigby Round (18 Cairngorm Munros) - 31 May 2008 - A report by Rob Woodall including his schedule.
www.Mountaindays.net - A schedule and details of each of the 18 Cairngorm Munros.
Hill lists in the British Isles - the Wikipedia entry giving explanations of the various lists including the definition of a Munro
All the Cairngorm Munros (The Rigby Round), Digby Harris (The Fellrunner, Autumn 2011) - Digby's account of his record run.
Two Rounds in 16 days - Jonathan Whilock's report on his clockwise round in
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All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times. Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions! Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.
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