Spyke sets new record for climbing all the Munros

Starting on Sunday 25th April 2010 with Ben More on Mull, Stephen Pyke (aka Spyke) set himself the challenge of climbing all Scotland's 3,000 ft hills, better known as the Munros, in a continuous round under his own steam - on foot, by bike and paddling a kayak.

On 3rd June, just 39 days 9 hours and 6 minutes later, Spyke touched the summit cairn on Ben Hope in Sutherland to complete the fastest round of the Munros. The previous record was 48 days 12 hours set by Charlie Campbell in 2000.

Spyke is keen that his journey through the Highlands can inspire and encourage people to join the John Muir Trust – the UK’s leading wild lands charity. Please take time to read more about the JMT and even if you decide not to join you can support their valuable work by donating to the Trust at the following Just Giving Page.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Back from Skye

Delaying a planned Easter trip to Skye by a week was worthwhile. The aim was that Stephen Watts and I would recce the Cuillin ridge - my first trip on these hills - in preparation for climbing it on my round towards the end of May. After a couple of grey claggy days we had three superb days out on the Cuillin and Blaven. We finished the trip last Monday with a south-north traverse of the ridge, completing eight Munros in bright sunshine before the forecast cold front came in and we spent an hour or so in cold wind and clag floundering around trying to find the chimney that would take us onto the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean. We eventually got there and I was able to complete the last Munro of my first round. Barely time to celebrate at the Sligachan Hotel before heading south to continue preparations for the second round.

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