• Tag Archives walking
  • 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.


  • Had a great country walk on Saturday…

    Starting at home, Cheryl, Sheila and me wandered along to the sussex border path & followed that & lanes through to Cousley Wood. Paused for lunch at the beautiful Old Vine pub, then rejoined the path & headed home again. Was about 7 miles in all, and only got caught in a small shower.

    Jay & Cheryl, Sussex Border Path
    Jay & Cheryl, Sussex Border Path