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British woman breaks world record for most 3000m mountains in a week

Written by Fiona

November 25 2020

British adventurer and author Emily Woodhouse has broken the Guinness World Record for the most 3000-metre mountains climbed in one week.

On her record-breaking expedition in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, Emily, 27, from Devon, climbed 13 mountains each more than 3000m above sea level.

She undertook the expedition in August solo and unsupported, carrying everything she needed for the week on her back. She wild camped in the mountains each night.

The summit of Cerro Pelado, Emily’s first 3000m peak.
Emily relaxes at camp one.

Emily decided to make the attempt as a way to fit a challenge into her annual leave. Little did she know she would spend six months of 2020 on furlough and have to quarantine on return from the expedition.

The heat wave in Spain didn’t make things easier. Emily says: “It was over 30C at 3000m at times and rivers were dry. I had to alter my intended route just to make sure I had enough water to survive each ascent.”

Emily almost doubled the previous record of seven peaks during her expedition and the attempt was officially verified by Guinness World Records last week.

In total, she walked 140km with 11,550m of ascent.

Caballo, the final 3000m peak, lit by sunrise.
Camping in the boulders.

The 3000m mountains walked:

The Mountains

  1. Cerro Pelado 3182m
  2. Puntal de Juntillas 3140m
  3. Picon de Jerez 3088m
  4. Pico del Cuervo 3145m
  5. Cerro del Mojon Alto 3118m
  6. Puntal de Vacares 3143m
  7. Alcazaba 3364m
  8. Mulhacén 3479m
  9. Puntal de la Caldera 3219m
  10. Pico del Juego de Bolos 3018m
  11. Cerro de los Machos 3327m
  12. Veleta 3396m
  13. Cerro del Caballo 3011m.

Emily is an adventure travel writer and member of Mountain Rescue. Her previous adventures have taken her to wild and remote places of the world, from Scotland to South Africa, Spain to Slovenia. Her preference is for travel on foot or by bicycle.

Her latest book, the narrative account of her All the Tors Challenge (300km solo and unsupported on Dartmoor), was published this summer.

Find out more: travellinglines.com.

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