2 friends and the coast to coast walk

3 Peaks Challenge 2009 by gleavem
February 3, 2010, 9:45 pm
Filed under: charity, friends, Three Peaks | Tags: , , ,

Two weeks 7 months ago we headed to London to begin our 3 peaks adventure.  On Saturday morning, after staying the night with fellow walkers, we went to collect the mini-bus and meet up with the other crazies.  It took some effort to get all our gear in the 17-seater (+ driver) mini-bus, since we needed 14 of the seats for bottoms, but eventually we all squeezed in and the adventure began.  After a long drive and a good nights sleep (and a little difficulty finding some supper), we started Ben Nevis on a sunny Sunday afternoon around 4pm and had a steady (busier than expected) climb to the summit.  Here’s a few pics from Ben Nevis:

The Entire Team
Ben Nevis  05
Ben Nevis 14
The summit of the Nevis 1

We all got to the summit at about the same time, but spread out into a couple of groups on the descent to make getting de-booted and back into the minibus a bit easier.  It took us about 5 1/2 to do Ben and then it was back in the bus for the trip to Scafell.  We started climbing at 4am; happily it was already light, but we were down to 11 climbers as Rachel decided to save herself for Snowden.  A few hundred meters up we were down to 10, as Helen too decided she wouldn’t make it all the way.  Next came Jon who had struggled quite a lot on Ben Nevis.  Finally about half way up Sid was forced to turn back…Scafell was clearly a killer at 4am after no, or very little sleep!!!  Unfortunately Sid turned back with the camera, so there’s not many pics from Scafell.  Here’s a few:

Towards the bottom of Scafell
The guys who made all three peaks

Finally we got to Snowden, having completed Scafell in approx 4 hours.  It was a gorgeous afternoon in Wales and everyone got their walking boots back on for the final peak.  Chris and Paddy, inspired by some of the runners we’d seen (madness!) decided to run to the summit, so they pushed off ahead.  The rest of us followed at a less ankle-breaking pace.  It was a long, but relatively easy climb up Snowden and on this occasion the best was definitely saved for last…good weather and great views! Here’s a selection:

Snowden 20
Snowden 38
Snowden 34

What can I say except…it was fabulous!  Despite cramming 12 walkers, two drivers and a lot of gear in the minibus, driving over 1000 miles and shedding a few tears, we all had a fabulous time!  It was certainly emotional, challenging and exciting.  It was made all the more interesting by the fact we ended up doing our challenge at the same time as several hundred fire fighters!

This was a great experience, there were no arguments, we were all well and truly bonded by the end, and even talking about our next challenge in the bus on the way home!  Best of all we raised well over £1300 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.


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