3 Peaks Challenge

Sun 31st Jul 2011

This weekend Adventure Expeditions, in conjunction with Leading Edge, took 13 participants on the well known 3 Peaks Challenge - the aim is to complete the highest peak in each of the home nations in under 24 hours.


The team started up Ben Nevis (1344m) at midday on Saturday, aiming to be on the summit for 3pm and back down by 5pm.  With very hot sunny conditions some members were slightly slower than planned meaning that we did not drive away till 6pm, an hour behind schedule.  Others did not seem phased by the sun and had time for an ice cream and a paddle in the river!


The team were very keen to claw back this time so made a very speedy ascent of Scarfell Pike (978m) in the dark to complete the round trip in 3 and a half hours.  The team were joined by Dee, another leader, who helped to ensure we didn't lose anyone in the dark.   We tried to tip toe our way through Wasdale being sure not to disturb the sleeping campers (and sheep!).  Jenny and Clive did a great job of driving us through the night to get us to the bottom of Snowdon for 8.30am. 


The weather was not so kind to us on Snowdon (1085m) meaning that there were no views to be had, but perhaps the rain was refreshing after 20 hours on the go.  9 members of the team came running down off Snowdon to complete the 3 peaks in under 24 hours.  A special mention must go to Fabian who is only 14 years old!


All the participants showed great team spirit, working together to ensure that they all reached their full potential.  It was tough and the team had to dig deep.  There were many tired, hungry faces at the end, but I have no doubt that on reflection everyone enjoyed the challenge.  A real achievement for such a young team - you should all be very proud!


Do you fancy taking on this challenge?  Look out for details of next years 3 Peaks Challenge on our website - the more the merrier. Register your interest now by emailing us.




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