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Mountaineer clinches 39 tops challenge

Posted 6 September 2010
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Mountaineer clinches 39 tops challenge
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Mountaineer Alan Hinkes has completed his quest to climb all 39 historic English county tops in just eight days, setting a new record for the quickest completed set.

The Yorkshireman had set out on the challenge to raise money for Lake District mountain rescue teams after they aided him last winter following an avalanche and he completed his challenge in the national park.

Putting on his men's outdoor clothing, the climber finished the quest on Helvellyn, the 3,117 ft historic top of Westmorland.

Before the 1974 reorganisation that created Cumbria, the Lake District was split across three counties, with the other two being Cumberland and Lancashire.

The highest points of these are Scafell Pike - England's highest point at 3,210 ft - and the Old Man of Coniston (2,635 ft) respectively.

Ordnance survey maps show the point where the three old boundaries met, where the Three Shires Stone still stands, by the Wrynose Pass near Little Langdale.

Posted by Brandon Egley