• Category Archives 3 Peaks Challenge
  • 3 Peaks, the aftermath …

    Wowsers, that was some challenge!!

    We drove 1440 miles in 3 days; the guys walking did over 60,000 steps in the 32 hours it took to complete Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon; I had zero sleep between 4am Saturday & 1am Monday. Not the best possible state to be in when driving a long wheelbase minibus full of 8 people & loads of kit, but it worked & we all survived intact & undamaged 🙂

    Hard as the driving was I think myself & Ray had the better deal to be honest; Saturday night was pure mental, driving away from Wasdale Head (Scafell) around 2am in thick fog & the black of night, and sunday night’s 7 hour slog from Snowdon to home was totally messed up for us both, but the guys walking had a hell of a time…

    Negotiating Scafell Pike in dark & fog was incredibly dangerous, slippery & sketchy, only 2 of our 6 guys made the summit, taking 6 hours in total. It still took the other guys 4 hours to go half way up & back, 45 min’s of that was just finding our car park in the fog 😥

    I took a 20 minute hike up the path around 1am to see if I could guide anyone down (and to give my Hope Vision 2 bike light a test above the cloud line :)), and that was manic enough, a soaking wet, off camber, rock strewn grassy hill side.

    We tested lots of motorway services, ate more MacD’s in a 3 days than I’d normally eat in 5 years, and we all kept in good spirits throughout.

    Was a big achievement for everyone in the team, whether they made all 3 summits, or simply drove to them.

  • Gettin prep’d for the odd weekend

    Final prep’s happnin here, goona leave work early today, to get bag & car all packed & ready to fly. Leaving work at 6am in the morning, with hope to reach Fort William by 6pm.

    So grabbing sleeping bag, thermal tops n bottoms, boots for a wander around Scafell and Nevis areas. Will of course take my HTC phone & update/fettle with this damn blog n facebook while at each site, IF we get signal that is 🙂

    Otherwise it’ll be ipod and magazine’s that’ll keep me sane, and maybe try working out the best road route to next mountain.

    All your base are belong to us.

  • 3 Peaks – more details on tap…

    Got more of an idea about next weekend’s adventure, thought I’d share it…

    Myself and ‘Ray’ will do all the driving, covering about 1500 miles in the mini bus, with a team of 6 guys doing all the walking/climbing.

    We leave Rochester early on Friday morning, heading for a YHA near the Nevis range, hope to go for a big Pasta fuel up before bed 🙂

    We’ll get up at dawn’s crack Saturday for the guys to climb Ben Nevis at 6am, once they’re off I’ll head out on the bike to do Fort William’s XC loops for a few hours, which should be great. I’ve never ridden in Scotland, so that’s a tick in the box.

    They should return about 11am when we’ll drive to Cumbria as fast as the minibus let’s us, with luck they’ll start Scafell Pike about 3-4pm. If I’m up to it, I’ll go for another ride, as it’ll be 4-5 hours before they’re back again.

    Hopefull they’ll have no issues & we should leave for Snowdonia about 8-9pm Saturday, so they’ll start up Snowdon around 2am for another 4-5 hour slog finishing about 6am the following day. We’ll try n sleep while they climb Snowdon, as it’ll be a quick blast home as soon as they get back.

    Might book the Monday off actually 🙂

  • 3 Peaks Challenge, from a different angle…

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    BAE Systems 3 Peaks Challenge

    I’ve been roped into driving a team to Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon next weekend,
    for their “3 peaks in 24 hours” challenge 🙂

    I’m considering taking the bike, as I’ll have about 5 hours to kill at each venue. However I will need to sleep while they’re clambering about, and I can’t risk damaging myself as I gotta drive them around & home.

    The team will walk about 25 miles in 24 hours, but there’s a 10,000 vertical feet to climb & descend. This ain’t no walk in the park son!