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Record-breaking hike of three highest summits across three countries

James Forrest three peaks record
James Forrest reaches the summit of peak one, Ben Nevis (Image credit: inov-8.com / Dave MacFarlane)

A hiker has set a new record for a self-supported, solo walk of three highest peaks across three countries. 

James Forrest, 37, of Cockermouth, Cumbria, took 16 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and walk between each.

The inov-8 ambassador's challenge extended to 500 miles. 

The previous self-supported record of 19 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes was set by Tina Page in 2017, while the overall record – with a support crew – is held by Tom Mountney with nine days, 11 hours and 39 minutes. 

James Forrest on scafell pike

James Forrest climbs Scafell Pike (Image credit: inov-8.com / Dave MacFarlane)

James Forrest struggling on the ascent of Snowdon after falling ill

The final mountain of Snowdon (Image credit: inov-8.com / Dave MacFarlane)

James on his record-breaking three peaks hike

James began in Scotland at Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and climbed Ben Nevis, which is the UK's highest mountain at 1345 metres. He then hiked several long-distance trails, including the West Highland Way, Clyde Walkway, Annandale Way and Cumbria Way to reach Scafell Pike, which is England's tallest mountain at 978 metres.

James then walked to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, via the Lancaster Canal Path and Wales Coast Path.

Just as he was about to climb the 1§085 metre mountain, James fell ill and almost had to abandon his record breaking hike.

High temperatures caused sunstroke and vomiting but he managed to keep going and after reaching the top of Snowdon he descended to reach the finish at the town of Llanberis.  

Hiking alone with no support crew or pre-arranged help, James carried all his kit and camping equipment in a backpack. He re-supplied with food en route and stayed in hotels in more urbanised areas.

He said: "It has been a rollercoaster of an adventure: dizzying highs and crushing lows, with hardship and euphoria in equal measure.

"But I've absolutely loved challenging myself and pushing my boundaries."

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.