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Three Peaks Challenge

Posted on August 5, 2010 by Rodney Hewitt

During August 3 members of the DB team took part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for St Kentigerns Hospice, it’s a charity very close to out hearts as our Uncle was nursed there during his last few days, we were so impressed with the care he was given we felt motivated to try and give something back.

Richard, Rodney & Howard Hewitt all took on the challenge along with a team of 6 freinds (fellow walkers) and a 2 man support team, include Mark Hewitt in which they climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon in 24hrs.

This is a picture of us at the start of our 3 month training leading up to the challenge

Training Begins

Our 3 Peaks Time Line :

17:06 – Start at the foot of Ben Nevis, a little late because it kept raining and we were taking our water proofs off and on.

19:26 – Reach the summit of Ben Nevis, highest point in Britain! There was something else there too, but that stays between the 3 Peakers.

21:19 – Finish Ben Nevis, have a very quick change & bite to eat.

22:00 – Leave Scotland and head to Scafell Pike – 6hrs drive ahead.

22:30 – How & Karl turn green with travel sickness. It was a very dodgy road from Fort William to Glasgow.

04:05 – Arrive at Scafell Pike, we had changed in the mini bus, so it was straight out and on the way up.

05:00 – Get lost on Scafell, we’ve lost the path and are wandering in the dark and thick mist.

05:30 – Simon finds the path, we’re back on our way.

06:10 – Reach summit, weather is awful, thick mist and heavy rain.
07:55 – Finish Scafell and we’re glad to see the back of that mountain….. it was really tough.

08:30 – Leave Scafell and head to Snowdon.

10:30 – Services, the sensible ones bought a healthy sandwich, How, Karl & Gaz had a burger king. Personally I was feeling so sick I was glad to keep something down.

13:10 – Arrive at Pen Y Pass car park Snowdon. Conditions are dreadful, heavy rain/ sleet and very strong winds.

15:10 – Reach summit of Snowdon, to say it was tough is a huge understatement. Winds over 100mph, driving rain. We were worried about getting down safe.

16:55 – Finally we finish ! We’re greeted by champagne, but are so we and exhausted we just want our beds.

None of us though it would be so tough, but we all loved it.

All ready for the off, the full team at the foot of Ben Nevis

At the foot of Ben Nevis

Snow in July... near the summit of Ben Nevis

Meanwhile Mark ensures the lads are well fed on return

All ready for the final push, dreadful weather at Snowdon

Final Mountain ... Snowdon

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