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.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Day 15 - Ben Chonzie, Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

By recent standards this could be classed as a 'rest' day. A mere 3 Munros combined with a some fairly straightforward cycling from Killin and back.

I trundled up Glen Lednock in the morning and caught site of Spyke arriving around 10.15am, just ahead of the 8-mile road race that was to kick off at 10.30am. Dale and Denise soon arrived, followed by JC in the van.

After a bit of faffing around and lounging the sun, we eventually took a leisurely stroll of Ben Chonzie with expansive views from the summit ranging from the Lomonds of Fife to the snow-covered Cairngorms to the Cruachan & Ben Lui hills.

The descent down the stony track was bone-jarring, and I got dropped off the back. My ankle wasn't feeling up to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin, so I trundled back to Glasgow, leaving Spyke to cycle along the scenic south Loch Earn road.

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