Monday 19 July 2010

3 Peaks Challenge

This weekend we were working for GB Charity Events helping a lovely group of folk from New Springs Church make an attempt at doing the 3 Peaks over 2 days. We spent Saturday on Ben Nevis where everyone got a thorough soaking then we drove down to Grasmere to try to get a couple of hours sleep before an early start on Scafell Pike. The weather was atrocious, the further up we got, the more the rain battered down and there was a cold wind too. Ian's group were well on the Corridor route before the decision was made to turn back, they were not going to summit in the time allowed and conditions were becoming dodgy due to the amount of water about, the cold and the fact that everyone was soaked! My group had already turned back at the Stretcher box together with Lorraine from another group who were making a try for it but they soon saw the error of their ways and were descending. There was nothing for it but to abandon Snowdon too as we knew the weather was as bad if not worse there and there was not a dry piece of clothing between them. Even boots were saturated! We are really proud of our group though as they did not complain about the weather and just plodded on. We know a few of them are keen to continue walking now and were already talking of improving their kit so throwing them in at the deep end did not put them off. Thanks guys, we did enjoy your company and hope to see you on the hill again sometime.