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Ken Whyte

November 13, 1953 - Forfar, Scotland / March 7, 2022 - Dunoon, Scotland

Ken Whyte, a well-liked and prolific UK (Scotland) based peak bagger, died on 7 March 2022. He had been having treatment for a brain tumour for over a year.

Ken's bagging record is extraordinary - pretty much everything over 500m/P30m in Britain (3870 out of 3876 summits), most summits over 600m/P15m, and most of the P100m summits of Ireland (825/833), his outings often bicycle-powered. He was known for his speed and fitness, coming from a hill-running background, with Lochaber Athletic Club.

He loved his islands - Scotland has hundreds of them and he has "completed" (i.e. bagged all the P30m summits on) 96 islands – far more than anyone else. He enjoyed the friendly rivalry of league tables – in Britain he completed 36 RHB Sections and 56 Topo Regions, again well ahead of his nearest rivals.

He liked to escape the Scottish winter and has bagged many Spanish mainland and island peaks. He's the first person on Peakbagger who got anywhere near the summit of Puig Major, the P1436m Mallorca island highpoint. He applied Scottish access principles and boldly marched up the military road to the gate (although even he didn't get inside). His overseas ascents also included Meru and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Taranaki in New Zealand, and the Falkland and British Virgin Island national highpoints.

His many logs can be found on as well as the UK based website.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Done
Munro Tops228100
Hewitts of Ireland209100
Nuttalls of Wales188100
Marilyns of Wales159100
Hewitts of Wales138100
Britain and Ireland Peaks with 600 meters of Prominence119100
Donald Tops51100
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-mLocationAscent Date
Mount Meru4565Tanzania2005-01-18
Pico de Teide3715Spain1983-02
Mount Taranaki2518New Zealand2016-03-03
Roque de los Muchachos2428Spain2014-02-22
Morrón de Mariné2247Spain2018-01-30
Serra da Estrela1993Portugal2012-12-01
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-mLocationAscent Date
Pico de Teide3715Spain1983-02
Mount Meru3170Tanzania2005-01-18
Roque de los Muchachos2428Spain2014-02-22
Mount Taranaki2298New Zealand2016-03-03
Pico Ruivo1862Portugal2007-12
Pico Malpaso1499Spain2014-02-21
El Alto de Garajonay1487Spain2011-01-12
Overall Statistics and Ranks  (Updated every 24 hours)
P-Index: 397  (Rank #69/21482)Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 55  (Rank #221/21085)Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 727  (Rank #104/20768)Link to Peak List sorted by elevation
Ascents: 3203  (Rank #35/24927)Count of all logged ascents
Peaks/Points: 3194  (Rank #15/24831)Count of distinct peaks/points climbed
Peaks on Lists: 2977  (Rank #5/23590)Count of distinct peaks that are on lists
P100m Peaks: 2304  (Rank #12/23838)Count of peaks with 100m of promienence
      (See Prominence Summary Page for more prominence breakdowns)
Vertical Gain: 22,135 m  (Rank #1077/6228)Sum of all vertical gain hiked
Distance: 177 km  (Rank #1291/24927)Sum of all distance hiked
Trip Reports: 37  (Rank #1396/10210)Count of posted trip reports
Days with Ascents: 132  (Rank #642/22995)Days with a new 100m prominence peak


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