Video: Riding All of Scotland's 282 Munro Mountains

Feb 18, 2021
by Tommy Wilkinson  

Sean Green is a well-recognised face on the mountains of Scotland. With an eclectic mix of tattoos, his grizzly frame, and often with a bike on his back, a shrinking violet he is not.

A childhood spent drawing patterns on himself while dreaming of the rugged peaks, whirling dervishes and esoteric endeavours that the Highlands provide left Sean with a drive to summit them all - "bagging" as it has now commonly become known as.

The allure of Scotland's peaks is hard to ignore. Photo: Andy Cole.

While he isn't the first (Paul Tattersal can claim this feat) to make all 282 summits by bike, and is only just over halfway through on 145, Sean is a working guy with a young family - requiring a deft ability to juggle his own ambitions with the responsibilities of family life - that makes his project both long, arduous and at times, at risk of going unfulfilled.

In Sean's own words the dream he is chasing goes beyond the physical experiences. "I often get asked about my favourite descent. And that's a really hard one to answer. I reckon there are maybe 6 or 7 that would battle it out for the top spot. What makes it so hard is the romanticism of these mountains and the emotions they evoke. Some of the best days on my bike, haven't necessarily been on the best trails that these mountains offer, but instead, a combination of sights and feelings which filled me with nothing but 'euphoria' for want of a better word. 

Standing atop the summit of Binnien Mor at 10.15 PM on a summer night, watching the sunset over the mighty Ben Nevis. Not a breath of wind, clear skies for 100miles in every direction, a feeling of true solitude and ultimately insignificance In this world. A clear mind to focus on nothing but your surroundings. All that matters is me, my bike, and making it off this mountain with the biggest smile on my face.

Those are the days I yearn for, the slithers of golden singletrack never before ridden, are just a bonus."


44 Comments

  • 18 0
 I love this.
What I also love is that its a responsible passion and you’re about the adventure and the respect rather than just ‘smashing’ back down.
I just sat nervous with that ice axe in your pack and your head! I have bad personal memories!! Smile
  • 4 0
 Yep, I doff my helmet to you sir, nice truck and camping setup, sweet bike (first time i've seen deviate featured in a vid like this), and the camera work really showcases the incredible raw beauty of the place and your respect for your surroundings is evident just like @ilovedust said Beer
  • 2 2
 @landscapeben: You should check out mctrail rider on youtube. used to ride a guide now has a highlander
  • 2 0
 @landscapeben: Having ridden the Deviate Guide, it's the perfect bike for this. Not many folk focus their riding on munros though so it never really took off. Ridden the Highlander too and it's a much better all rounder - if I had the £££ I'd deffo buy one.
  • 1 0
 @jockthestore: It would definitely be on my list too!
  • 1 1
 Same here, saw that and it made me cringe, ice axes don't belong like that, it's a really bad idea. Cool effort, dig the tats, I ain't got a single tat, but if I was gonna do it I'd go full body!
  • 2 0
 Thanks dude. Yeah, Ive always got to reel it in when the winter hits. Never particularly enjoyable riding with an axe on your back. Would rather take my chances doing that though, than being caught on the mountain without one when the conditions drastically change.
  • 12 0
 As Sean says, something like this really highlights the value of land access. Without the ability to access the wilderness it will only hold real value to a small number of people and potentially not serve the area well in the long term. Well done Scotland, other countries take note. Looking forward to more content on this project.
  • 3 0
 Well done lad.
So nice to see the Munros again and see someone making the most of them. Great to see the effort being kept in balance with family + life too. Somehow that makes it more real, and special because every moment out there is a moment borrowed.
  • 2 0
 Great video and very inspirational! Here I am sitting on my arse thinking it's too cold/wet/dark to venture out for a ride all the while nature is beckoning regardless of the forecast. Thanks for the motivation to get out more and enjoy the beautiful earth that God created!
  • 2 0
 Good effort and good luck to ya. It's nice to know who owns that great looking truck also. I've seen it parked up at a couple of places before and wondered, gotta say it suits the owner haha.
  • 3 0
 Unfortunately BlackBetty is no more... BlackBettyV2 has filled the stable instead now though.
  • 2 0
 Unfortunately the truck is no more, but some a mega effort was made have it replaced, many more to do but he’ll get there ????????????
  • 2 0
 I promised my wife I would take the family on my next trip to NZ, but every time I see Scotland portrait like this, I feel NZ will have to wait !
  • 3 2
 Epic project, epic scenery, brilliant bike and fantastic truck.
But for nearly 9 minutes of video, minimal actual riding. :-(
  • 1 1
 Would be nice to ride all Munros, but in real life, not even sure that any can be ridden up?
So pushing your bike/ carry your bike to the top?
Most are too rough to ride down most of it!
  • 1 0
 Too rough?
  • 3 2
 @Molesdigmyjumps: no path, boulders too big, too steep etc. a lot are not worth doing on a bike at all
  • 2 0
 @mtb-scotland: can confirm, not to mention said boulders being slick as hell 99 days out of 100. You'll need hiking boots and best take any parts you won't need off your bike, like wheels, fork, seat, anything that'll stop it fitting in your backpack....
  • 3 0
 Poorly worded on Pinkbikes part. Not attempting to ride up them. Ascents are 95% hikeabike. I'm all about the descents.
  • 1 0
 @grizzlymunrodiaries: either way, I have to respect your madness. Gonna be a good story.
  • 3 0
 Awesome project, beautiful country.
  • 1 0
 Awesome project man well done ???? you can do the white mounth Munro's which is 5 Munro's in a loop near ballater but I'm sure you've either done them or planning too ????
  • 3 0
 Thanks man. Yeah I done the White Mounth a couple of years ago but also nipped across the Tom Buidhe and Tolmount to make the count 7 for the day. Great day out.
  • 2 0
 That was a good watch, indeed. It got me stoked for some alpine summits this summer.
  • 5 4
 I've managed 5 so far - some of the best descents I've done have been off a munro.
  • 3 0
 Nice one big fella, :-)
  • 2 1
 Been following Grizzly on instagram ever since I moved to Scotland, big inspiration!
  • 2 0
 Superb work all involved! Got me itching for the mountains
  • 2 1
 Someone needs to show this guy how to properly carry an ice axe, his tattoos have already proven he is not metal proof.
  • 2 0
 Mega! Inspirational stuff!
  • 1 0
 Is that a peakrider bike carrier in his rucksack he’s using? Fancy giving one of thoses a go.
  • 1 0
 Hookabike. Go check them out ????
  • 1 0
 Oh fuck sake. There were a few munros i was eyeing up to get first gopro footage.. still do it but this is mad.
  • 2 0
 Outstanding effort! Beautiful video!
  • 2 0
 That view over North Ballachulish and Loch Leven/Loch Linnhe at 4.56...
  • 2 2
 no.
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