Steve Perry Completes Winter Munro Challenge

Steve Perry has completed a remarkable winter circuit of all 284 Munros completely under his own steam between 1 December and 31 March, congratulations fella, you deserve it.


Posted: 3 April 2006
by Jon

Congratulations to Steve Perry who, on Friday 31 March completed the first circuit of the Munros in winter under human power, a truly remarkable achievement.

Steve's final Munro was Ben Hope, his 284th, which he climbed in blizzard conditions. TGO's Chris Townsend who was with him on the mountain says:

'The weather was certainly wintry with driving snow above 600 metres and a wind gusting to 50mph or more. Taking photos was difficult and all other celebrations had to to wait until we were back down...Steve is as skinny as a rake! But looking very fit.'

To put Steve's achievement in perspective, Martin Moran's famous winter Munro circuit was completed with the aid of motorised transport and allowed him to pick and choose which areas to visit depending on conditions.

Steve had no such luxury, walking continuously from 1 December to 31 March, he was always at the mercy of the weather, and gawd knows he had enough of that with his final day typical of an elongated and fierce winter.

Steve on the Cuillin Ridge by Neil Macadie of Rab
more pics at
www.rab.uk.com


Also, while Martin Moran is a talented climber and a professional guide, Steve is a 'mere' hillwalker without advanced technical skills, something that was brought home to us chatting with Rab's Neil Macadie who helped Steve tackle the Cuillin Ridge on Skye a month or so back.

There's absolutely no doubt that it's an extraordinary achievement and we'd like to offer Steve our congratulations on a job well done. Right now, we suspect, he's having a well-earned rest before deciding on his next challenge.

You can find out more about the challenge at www.winter284.co.uk, there's also a lot of information at www.rab.uk.com the site of his main clothing sponsors, Rab. Finally, you can support Cancer Research UK by sponsoring Steve at www.justgiving.com/winter284, a fitting way to show your appreciation of an epic journey.


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Those following Steve's attempt to hike the first continuous winter round of the Munros will find a brief update at www.tgomagazine.co.uk - put simply he's on target to finish on Ben Hope, Friday, after a tremendous effort through some of the deepest snows seen in the Highlands for some time.

Check out his own site too at www.winter284.co.uk, or Rab's site at www.rab.uk.com.

Posted: 29/03/2006 at 12:24

Outstanding effort. He's had some very nice weather too for a scottish winter.

Posted: 29/03/2006 at 15:06

How can it be a Winter round if it's not finished until Spring?

Posted: 29/03/2006 at 21:20

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