So, the objective was to climb the three highest peaks in the UK - Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales – in 24 hours. Simple, right?
I was never under any illusion that it would be easy, given that I had succeeded only five years ago. And, I considered myself to have the same reasonable level of fitness as before, or so I thought!
Spurred on by my desire to raise money for a highly deserving cause, cancer treatment for a friend’s seven-year old son, I signed up.
Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, was first on the list. Little did I know what was in store for me and my two climbing partners. Bundled in our ‘waterproof’ clothing, we started our ascent at 4:30am. That day, the unpredictable British weather decided to test our endurance to its limits. We faced torrential rain, -5 degree temperatures and 75mph gusts of wind, but I’m pleased to say that we ploughed on and climbed the 18km trek up Ben Nevis, conquering the summit in just under three hours (albeit soaked to the bone in our ‘waterproof’ gear). For those like me who need a more relatable reference, we climbed 587 flights of stairs - sideways.
I was ready for the next challenge, Scafell Pike in Cumbria. But sadly, weather warnings of severe wind and rain deemed the climb up too dangerous. Later that day, the weather improved further south, so we drove from Scotland to Wales and two of the group climbed Snowdon in Wales.
Thank you to all family, friends and colleagues for sponsoring us. I’m pleased to say that we raised over £2,000. If you would like to donate to our cause, please visit our Just Giving page.
I am keen to return and conquer Scafell Pike - I will not be defeated!
Stay tuned for an update (just don’t hold your breath for too long!)