A special fund set up in memory of a British climbing legend is set to inspire young mountaineers of the future.
Martin Moran, who died in 2019, was the first person to climb all of Scotland’s Munros in one winter expedition and his legacy will live on through a new foundation.
Aimed at attracting youngsters who wouldn’t otherwise have the support or resources to experience mountain adventure, the foundation, set up by Martin’s family, will promote the positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.
The charity will provide an all-expenses paid training programme for 16 to 18 year olds across the UK who are passionate about the outdoors.
Led by expert British mountain guides and instructors who all knew and climbed with Martin, the seven-day courses will equip the young adventurers with the essential skills, safety training, kit and confidence to explore the mountains.
Martin’s son Alex, who is director of operations at the Martin Moran Foundation and lead instructor on its courses, said:
“My sister, Hazel, and I were lucky enough to have our dad as a constant source of encouragement to seek adventure – both out in the mountains and in our daily lives. Unfortunately, not everyone has that experience. My family and I are proud to be able to launch this foundation in dad’s honour so that we can be a positive influence for young people across the UK and support them to conquer new heights.”
In addition to covering all travel and accommodation costs, the Martin Moran Foundation will be kitting each participant out with a full set of mountaineering clothing and equipment kindly provided by its sponsors: Mountain Equipment, Bridgedale and La Cordeé.
After the course, this state-of-the-art gear will be gifted to the participants to support their continued passion for adventure.
For more information see www.martinmoranfoundation.co.uk
Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.
Photo credit: Alex Moran