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.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Day 19 Ben Lui and others!!

The day began with yet another freezing cold bike ride with Alan from Rest and be Thankful to Glen Fyne, a change to the mountain bike and on up the now tarmac track to Glenfyne Lodge, and then up Binn Buidde, the support crew now reduced to Sam, Alan and JC are currently sat in the car park just South of Tyndrum with a very wet and gloomy view of Beinn Dhubcraig. I will update later* thanks for reading the blog guys we had well over 8000 visits to date.
Sam and Alan have moved on, a huge thanks for all your help guys hope to see you again soon.
Spyke appeared from the cloud and rain at about 18.15, looking somewhat bedraggled but smiling, the achillies was not so sore, brilliant the remedies are working. After a good deal of soul searching he decided to bike down to the foot of Ben Cruachan, where we spent the night in a tasteful little layby, ready for the push towards The Black Mountains and Glencoe. The alternative was a hot shower at Pinetrees campsite, and top food at The Good Food Cafe in Tyndrum, we settled for JC chicken, with what was left in the stores plus a mountain of spuds!! and a wet wipe.
Spyke then spent a great deal of time writing a blog update which has disappeared into the ether!!!
Hey Ho it will no doubt appear soon.
The "man " left our layby vanishing almost vertically through the forestry that lies along the foot of Ben Cruachan at 07.00hrs with a huge day before him.
Meanwhile I am off for some REALLY exciting supermarket shopping.


lynne said...

Keep truckin Spyke - hope you sort the achilles. Loving the blog and the photos. Take care JC and John & Linda now up there with you

Lynne Shepley

Sam said...

Keep it up Spyke! Doing well. If you have time pop into the Clachaig on your visit to Glencoe I was telling friends who work there of your trip and they would be sure to give you a warm welcome.

Sam Munro

Chris said...

Spyke - I hope you managed the Ben Lui group OK today, and the achilles is not giving you too much trouble.

Diggers said...

Best of luck with the BIG day tomorrow Spyke! Thanks for a great week last week, I had a brilliant time.

Feepole said...

Just read Dave's article about your challenge in the Caledonian Mercury. Serious respect!
Good luck - will be following your progress.

Chris said...

Keep it going! Thanks for the blog updates. In future - best to compose the blog posts off-line in Word for example, then copy and paste the text to Blogger in case you lose the connection.

sharon said...

Good luck