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 Peakbagger.com as well as the UK based hill-bagging.co.uk website.