As with many good ideas, our team of 10 from London audit decided on this challenge while at the pub (hence the team name!)
Dan Watt, William Robertson, Chloe Austin, Jack Geffen, William Jones, Tessa Martin, Ed O’Brien, Dave Pearson, Ed Lush and Steve Grogan.
Skill, team development and adventure
For our challenge we decided to take on the national three peaks – climbing the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) in the space of 24 hours. View their team photos on Flickr and make a donation via their team fundraising page.
The challenge began on Friday 3 June when, without any training, we set off to our hostel in Stirling, blissfully unaware of what lay ahead.
The following day we began with a serious carb-loading session and food planning for the next 24 hours, and at 3.58pm we set off up heart attack hill, at the start of Ben Nevis. After an incredibly speedy start by some enthusiastic, long-limbed team members, we wondered whether this was a good idea. But after some motivating pep talks we made it up the zig zags, through the snow to the top of Ben Nevis and back down again. All in all Ben Nevis took four hours and 51 minutes of our 24 hours, which put us in a good place for the rest of the challenge.
After an overnight drive, we set off up our next peak, Scafell Pike, at around 2:15am, slightly delirious and with only head torches to show us the way. We took a couple of wrong turns and some slightly off-road paths but just as the sun rose over the mountain we reached the summit which provided us with views that were almost worth the effort. Almost.
We made it down from Scafell Pike at 6:15am and were soon on our way to Wales to attempt the final leg of our adventure. We anticipated a four and a half hour car trip which, allowing for brief stops, left just under five hours for us to get up and down the mountain.
Following a pit stop at the questionable port-a-loos at the bottom of Snowdon we set off up our final mountain at an impressive pace – making it to the top in less than two hours.
The descent to the finish line (Snowdon car park) was made much easier by the knowledge that once we got to the mini-bus we wouldn’t have to walk up another mountain! After a dip in a Welsh lake and a big feed at Burger King (athletes) we were on our way back to London.
I think it’s fair to say with the amount of aches, pains and chaffing we won’t be walking up any mountains anytime soon but it was an incredible experience which we thoroughly enjoyed!
So far we have raised £735 for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity and we would like to thank everyone who has donated. A huge thanks to our support team Clive Austin and John Cannon who drove us around the country, and also Andrew Cannon who guided us. It was very generous of them to give up their weekend, for free, to help us complete the challenge.