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Munroist closes in on target

Posted 2 June 2010
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Munroist closes in on target
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Munro challenger Stephen Pyke is closing in on the target of climbing all 283 in a record fast time as he works his way northwards through the Scottish Highlands.

The blog following the bid to break the ten-year-old record by completing the set in just 40 days noted that on Day 37, the fell runner made full use of his cycle gear between peaks as he took in the eastern Fisherfield and Fannaich ranges.

His 12 peaks for the day included Sgurr Ban, A' Chailleach and An Coileachan.

Should he complete his task on time he will complete Conival and its neighbour Ben More Assynt today (June 2nd), before completing the trek with Ben Klibreck and Ben Hope tomorrow.

The attempt is being made to raise money for conservation group the John Muir Trust.

Most people take far longer to complete the trek, using hiking boots rather than running gear, but once they have done so they can join the Munro Society list of 'compleators'.

The society has revealed that Anne van der Wal became the first known Dutch woman to climb all the mountains when she scaled her final peak - Stob Gabhar - with husband Jan Vijfhuizen on May 23rd.

Posted by Brandon Egley