REACHing New Heights!!

This weekend saw the second challenge of the summer. After last week’s achievement on the bike we took on the National Three Peak Challenge...

The clock was started early Saturday evening at Nevis, 5.28pm and a gentle climb across the fields in relatively nice (it is Scotland!) weather. We soon reached cloud level and by the time we got to the top and across the snow it was very, very cold and the view was non-existent! A quick stop for flapjack before descending back down the mountain, a slight detour where the path forked, but back down in four and a half hours, very much on track!

The next part of the challenge? A six hour drive out of Scotland to the lakes through the night, dodging deer and drunken Glaswegians along the way! We arrived at Scafell Pike just as it was getting light with everyone in new, dry walking trousers, at least the weather couldn’t be as bad here?! Scafell Pike although the lowest of the three mountains, certainly seems the steepest, with no respite until you reach the top, by which time the beautiful views of the lake had definitely disappeared!

Climbing down, the mist and cloud had settled again and there were tantrums a plenty due to slippery rocks and dented bottoms and pride! At least we were past halfway!
Back into the car and by this time definitely in need of sleep, we could have certainly done without a closed M56, luckily with some quick thinking by Alex (Toria was asleep by this point) and a detour around Manchester we re-joined the motorway and headed into north Wales, and the sun was shining!

The start of Snowdon was taken at a pretty decent pace and our technical director (nice of him to join us!) brought fresh supplies of chocolate! By half way the sun had been replaced once again by wind and cloud! Very different to our practise run a month ago! The final climb through cloud seemed slower than expected, but we were at the top before three o’clock, leaving time for a gentle walk down, gentle it was due to the 60 mile an hour side winds! With 50 minutes left on the clock we only had a ten minute walk to go and a slight smile as the group behind us came running past with only a few minutes to spare!

Twenty three hours, eighteen minutes, three peaks, DONE!

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