3 Peaks Challenge 2016
In 25th June 2016 – Focus Leukaemia and friend decided to attempt one of the toughest challenges in the UK. The Three Peaks Challenge – which includes climbing the highest mountains in England Scotland and Wales in 24 HOURS!
The journey started on Friday 24th June 2016, when the team led by Samrick Singh Bahia travelled up to Scotland by minibus. The journey took around 9 hours and the team arrived at the hotel at 10pm with an unexpected surprise – a flat tyre! Luckily within the hour the AA were on the case, the tyre was repaired and the team could get some well needed rest before the big 24 hours.
A nice early start, everybody was down for breakfast at 7:30am – making sure they have everything required for the trip to the top of Ben Nevis. Start time was 8:30 when the accent up Ben Nevis began, everybody was eager and was very unaware how high actually the mountain was. The weather was surprisingly clear, warm and dry and some of the sights were amazing but after a while it became harder and harder, with the mountain seemingly never ending. However, after nearly 3 hours of walking and climbing, seeing some great sights and meeting some great people – we all made it to the summit (Picture above). If everybody thought the trip up was bad, then they couldn’t have been more wrong. Down was tough, tough on the body and mind but after a few hours we were down, having a quick bite to eat and back on the bus for stage two of the adventure.
Our next destination was to the Lake District for Scafell Pike, the one we had all heard stories about. Scafell Pike was started in the evening and shortly after starting our Head Lights were required. This mountain was tough for us, much tougher than Ben Nevis because a few a factors – The weather wasn’t very nice at all and it was pitch black so you couldn’t see much of the sights. Although our guide prepared us for the darkness, he comforted us with the prospect of an amazing view of the stars due to the lack of light pollution but… it was overcast and no stars could be seen. Going up there was nothing to occupy your mind, the incline was much steeper and was very rocky. All you could see was the person in front of you and 100’s of lights what seemed miles away from the other climbers and challengers. The team didn’t spend much time at the top and after quick photos and drinks were soon on the way back down – leading to the highlight of the mountain – I don’t think most people actually realise how much two sheep (One black and One white) can actually scare 12 adults – in our defence it was dark. After finally getting back to the bottom, we were back on the bus and on route to the third and final mountain – the two that we had already completed had really took it out on everybody and the mini bus was now much quieter.
The third and final mountain – Mount Snowdonia. This one was a little closer to home and some of the team had already been to the top as part of their training. No amount of training however could prepare you for the physical and mental exhaustion you have at this point – but as determined as ever the team began to climb. Now the weather up Scafell Pike was bad but Snowdonia was on a different level – a horizontal level. It was cold, very cold and the layers of clothing were on as the team began to get to the top. The rain was blowing horizontally and to save time the guide took us a quicker route, failing to mention how much harder and steeper it actually was. By now the sights did not matter, every single one of the team just wanted to be back on the bus and on the journey home. Once we were all at the top, we had quick snack and toilet break in the very nice and warm café that is located at the top and began the climb down. One of the hardest things about Mount Snowdonia is that there is a train running up the side of the mountain and at points you can see happy and warm people going down. Cold and wet the team made it to the bottom of the mountain just in time for the 24 Hour challenge – the team were brilliant and everyone was so proud of each other.
Once the three peaks challenge had been completed – we had the dirty wet clothes in bin liners and after a few of the team got themselves out of a locked toilet we were on the way home.
We got home on Sunday evening, greeted by our family and friends. The weekend and 3 peaks challenge had been very emotional and everyone so happy we got to complete the tough task for a great cause, Focus Leukaemia.