3 Peaks Challenge!

  • By Nikki Webb
  • 18 Jul, 2016

Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden... in 24 hours! Challenge accepted :)

So last month, one of my clients and I undertook the challenge of climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours! We climbed with a group from Gaskells Waste Management who were raising money for charity. 

We set off from Cheshire at 9am on the Friday morning, in two cars full to the brim with food, drink and walking equipment, and set off on our adventure, starting with Scotland!

Ben Nevis - 
We set off from the bottom of Ben Nevis that evening, with a small threat of rain and death by midge bites! This one is the highest, longest mountain, but we made it to the top in a good time, and waited for the rest of the group while we stocked up on protein bars and water! After a brief (but bloody cold!) wait, we made our descent back to the cars, where we had a quick change (courtesy of the midges!) and jumped back in the cars to make our way to Scarfell Pike.

Scarfell Pike -
Back into the UK, we managed to catch a few Zzzz's on the way to the second peak. Starting at 5am we made our way up the mountain, this one being the shortest, but the steepest! With glorious weather and beautiful views we made it to the top in a good time, and made it back to the bottom just after 8am! Time for breakfast!!!

Snowden -
Into Wales for the last peak, but in my opinion the most challenging - purely due to the weather! Wet, cold and windy - not ideal! But we got our heads down and marched ahead, making it to the top in a good time again. Waiting for the rest of the group in the cafe at the top we definitely considered getting the train back down! But, partly due to determination, and partly because we had already missed the last train... we powered on! Emptying our walking boots of water, we braced the biting cold and wind at the top, eventually reaching a point where we could again feel our bodies! And made it back down to the bottom in another good time! 

Then, a perfect end to a fantastic challenge, we went to the pub for a de-briefing (and a few gin and tonics!) We worked out that if we took away the waiting time, and added our climbing time to the driving time, we did the whole challenge in 21.5 hours and were very proud of ourselves to say the least! Although my legs didn't feel so fantastic the next day...!!! 

Ready to Go! Group selfie!
Climbing into the clouds at Ben Nevis!
We conquered Ben Nevis!
Up we go - Scarfell Pike
Girl Power Strikes again!!!
Top of Scarfell Pike
And Another...
Beautiful views on the way back down
Back in time for breakfast!
Proof of how hard I worked!!! Yuk...!!
You can imagine our excitement at climbing Snowden... We couldn't even see it!
Absolutely soaked... and too cold to get ourselves picture perfect!
Nearly there! Time for a picture stop!
Gorgeous views to finish our challenge!
One (or two!) well deserved drinks! We did it!
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