Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m). Our Instructor Marc Dwyer took on this challenge in the name of charity. A charity very close to our hearts, Zoe’s Place.
t’s a super early start (5am) as they get up and eat an continental breakfast, before heading off to tackle the first of the three peaks. Standing at the western end of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is formed from the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano. The trail up to the summit begins on the eastern side of Glen Nevis, from where they follow a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (570m). From here they then begin a zigzag ascent up the western flank of Ben Nevis to the summit. There are only ten miles to cover, but they will be challenging and will take some six hours to do.
The pay-off at the top is immense. On a clear day, the views can stretch for 120 miles across the Torridon Hills, Ben Lomond and out towards County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The group will transfer by coach southwards towards Wasdale in the Lake District. Dinner will be served at a local hotel in Gosforth before they transfer via mini bus to Wasdale Head for our ascent of Scafell Pike (978m). Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and consists of a steep ascent involving some easy scrambling in places. They will descend in darkness before trying to catch some sleep on the drive to Snowdonia.
Teamwork and determination are all important as they forge their way onwards and upwards to conquer this final challenge. Snowdon and its surrounding peaks have been described as true examples of alpine typography and from our elevated viewpoint you can take in the surrounding lakes and cwms and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the British Isles. On a clear day you can see four kingdoms, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands! Resting at the top for some group photos and impromptu celebrations.
Marc has successfully completed the challenge and raised over £800 for Zoe’s Place! His target is £1,200 so if you could spare some time & Kindly donate anything you can spare we would be so very grateful🙌🏼
The Just Giving Link is Here
We have worked closely with Zoe’s Place baby hospice. It has a special place in our hearts and is honestly such an important charity. Any donation never goes unnoticed.