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Scotland man, 82, scales 282 mountains

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Nick Gardner set out on the challenge in July 2020 and last week reached the final destination of Cairn Gorm, the last Munro.

It is always resilience that helps overcome adverse life circumstances. Proof of this axiom is that an 82-year-old man from Great Britain has achieved the feat of climbing 282 Scottish mountains.

Nick Gardner’s act caught the eye when he stepped up to fight after his wife Janet became ill with Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. He aims to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS) by completing the challenge, The Guardian reports.

“I’m really absolutely ready and really excited to finish the last Munro,” Gardener said, according to The Guardian, citing PA. “I feel like a kid on Christmas Day. I’ll be joined by a lot of my friends and some of my family, so it’s going to be a big day,” he said before reaching the summit.

He needed the challenge to keep him going after his wife moved into a nursing home. “I couldn’t take care of my wife anymore. She had to go into care, and I had to get a project to reorient my life,” he told the BBC. “I’m excited, but I’m not done climbing yet. I did it because I love climbing and I will continue. I’m following the Devon and Cornwall Coastal Path,” he added.

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