He’s 81 and he’s climbing every Scottish mountain for his wife

After his spouse developed Alzheimer’s, he began mountaineering for his mental health. Now he’s also raising money

04 October 2021 - 18:25 By Natalie Thomas

At the windswept summit of Buachaille Etive Mòr, a Scottish peak more than 1,020m above sea level, 81-year-old Nick Gardner stops to gaze down at the rugged peaks, lochs and valleys visible through the drifting clouds.

“It’s so exciting every time I still feel like a little boy,” he said. “I need my hat and gloves on, and my windproof jacket, but it’s absolutely magnificent. I’d much sooner be here than in a centrally heated house.”..

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