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Munro Round Record Broken in Terra Nova Tent

Posted on July 19th, 2010
Munro Round Record Broken

The Munros are a famous collection of every 3000 ft hill in Scotland – 283 at the last count. On April 25th 2010 Stephen Pyke set out to complete them all in a continous round under his own steam, summiting the final peak 39 days later to knock an incredible 9 days (about 20 percent!) off the previous record. Now back home in ‘full recovery mode’, Stephen had the following to say about his record journey :

“At 3.06pm on 3 June, I reached the summit of Ben Hope, the most northerly of Scotland’s 3,000 ft peaks, 39 days nine hours and six minutes after setting off to climb Ben More on Mull on 25 April. This completed the fastest round of the Munros beating the previous record of 48 days twelve hours set by Charlie Campbell in the summer of 2000. The round was completed under my own steam using a bike to link the various mountain ranges and a couple of stretches of kayaking.

With 283 Munros in all, I had to climb an average of just over seven Munros a day, which typically involved 3-4,000 metre of ascent and about 30 miles over some of the roughest mountain terrain to be found anywhere in Europe. Moving fast through some of Scotland’s most remote areas, I had to minimise the weight of my pack but I also had to be sure my kit would not let me down. I selected the incredibly light Laser Photon Elite, confident from my previous experience with the Laser Competition that it would stand up to the potentially harsh Highland weather. I am pleased to report that it performed to expectations.”

Stephen used the definative solo lightweight tent – the Laser Photon Elite – in his successful attempt, as well as the new Laser 20 Elite Pack. You can read a day-by-day report of his progress as well as viewing maps and pictures on his dedicated blog at

Stephen’s remarkable acheivement also completes a fantastic double for Terra Nova. Back in 2005 Steve Perry used our Laserlite tent as well as extremities clothing to complete his amazing Munro round in the depths of a highland winter. To have provided the primary shelter for both the record summer and winter rounds is an honour, and just rewards for the fantastic effort put into designing Terra Nova tents.


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