A new self-supported record by James, a 37-year old hiker climbing the Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon in just 16 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes, and 51 seconds.

Self-supported record

Starting from Glen-Nevis Youth Hostel, the self-supported record was initiated from the foot of Ben Nevis, in Scotland. The tallest mountain was hiked at 1345 meters before heading towards the south via West Highland Way, Clyde Walkway, Cumbria Way, and the Annandale Way which led to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It is measured at 987 meters.

James had prepared for this long journey alone, without the help of any support or pre-arranged help, with just the personal equipment. He stayed in various hotels and urbanised areas with local food and refuelled throughout the adventure. 

To reach Snowdown, James went to the Lancasterpath and the Wales Coast path. The tallest mountain of all was the 1085 meters, located in Wales. 

Setting another Record

An outdoor writer from Cockermouth in Cumbria, James has already climbed many such mountains before during the years, including the 1001 mountains across England, Wales, Scotland, etc. He has also travelled and crossed Ireland and Northern Ireland including the 282 Munro’s.

One of the highest mountains, which James took up to complete the long-distance hiking, he had travelled through Wales. While setting the record, he had walked 17 marathons within a span of 17 days, which is a total of 500 miles.

He wass about to quit the three peak attempts at the foot of Snowdon when he was about to vomit because of the sunstroke. He had already walked 16 days. After a long haul, he had regained his composure and made it up Wales’ highest mountain.

Although it had been a roller coaster of emotions and adventure, James had managed to brave through the hardships and complete the trip. James must have seen so much in just 16 days. He saw the real beauty of UK’s landscapes, from jungles to wastelands and long coastlines.