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 16, 2010

Day 21 Black mounts and the Beauty(s) of Glencoe.

A fairly leisurely start today, Spyke set off along the West Highland Way at about 08.15 hrs, the first rendezvous was going to be the Ski station, but our man had spotted a better way so we met up in Glen Etive. Mike Perry was with us now and he was to complete the next section over the Buchaille and into Glencoe with Spyke. Mike is a physio who has regualy treated Spyke so it gave them plenty of time to talk through his achillies problem and the treatment, the pair dropped down to the A82 smack on schedule. Mike wrote in the day book of an unbelievable experience , not sure if this was topping 4 Muros or keeping up with Spyke, who the hopped on his bike and freewheeled down to start the Aonach Eagach ridge. It was now 17.45 three hours later he arrived at the Clachaig Inn where a pint and meal just about sent him to sleep. Andy Potts and Richard Trenholm two uni, friends had driven up from Cheshire saw him for 5 minutes in Glen Etive and were now struggling to make conversation with a tired looking Spyke , as some consolation they did get in the splendid walk up into the lost valley.
Our heroes day however was not yet complete Mike followed us to our campsite and treated him to 10 minutes of fairly intensive massage, I am sure Spyke will appreciate it in the days to come but didn't look totally convinced at the time, it's a good job Mikes, lady wife was with us or the campsite patrons would have been treated to some high powered invective!! Mike is around for a couple of days so we should be entertained by yet more Spyke style squirming this evening I will keep you updated

1 comment:

Dave said...

Hope the South Coe stretch went well - Sunday was a lovely day over east (I was on Beinn a'Ghlo) and looked OK across towards Lochaber although with the odd shower around.

My CalMerc piece re meeting Spyke last week is now up:
http://outdoors.caledonianmercury.com/2010/05/15/halfway-point-for-record-munro-round/00835