July 18/19th a team of us set off up to Ben Nevis for the start of the national 3 peaks challenge. Driven by the awesome Sara – we arrived in time for a meal before heading off up the mountain – we were fortunate enough to have clear skies – great views – and if anything slightly too hot at 25 degrees! We enjoyed a panorama at the summit and beautiful skies on the descent, arriving back at the van with a few minutes of daylight spare – total climbing time of 5 hours 40!
The walking team slept to Scafell while Sally kept Sara company chatting all the way – a few minor detours for road closures we arrived at Brackenclose carpark at 04:20 – 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Good news as Jo was waiting to join us – fresh legs and enthusiasm to boost the team for a sunrise ascent!
Once again created with clear skies, although a bit windier – we took the scramble route at hollow stones to mix up the walk. Once again fab views from the summit with clouds in the distance – threatening but kept away.
Unfortunately Chris had to make a slow descent struggling with a sore achilles but, the rest of the team made the most of dipping their feet in the stream as by then we had paired up with another group of firefighters doing the same challenge and timings so chris was happy descending with a fella with a sore knee!
We headed off to Snowdon 90 minutes behind the schedule so decided to enjoy the challenge rather than race for a 24 hour finish – but once again Sara made great time so while the team slept (again!) we got to Pen-y-pass at 14:20 to meet Louise – another welcome sight – clean, fresh and raring to go – although the rain was lashing and thunder rolling – luckily out of the valley by that time!
We made a 2 hour ascent which meant we got to the top of Snowdon within the 24 hours, and made a steady descent as by that time the route down was pretty much a waterfall! Wet and soggy hugs and high fives back at the carpark – the end of an awesome event.
We’re delighted to have raised nearly £800 for a fantastic cause. Thank-you for all your support.