(Phil, Dave, Steve (Driver) and Matt)
The blazewear team have successfully completed the 3 peaks challenge in a fantastic effort over the bank holiday weekend in aid of Loros and Cancer UK. The challenge began even before reaching the foot of Ben Nevis with an 8 hour drive from the blazewear headquarters in Loughborough to base camp in the Ben Nevis car park.
Phil, Dave, Matt and driver Steve are pictured above at the start of the challenge last Saturday (May 24th) at 6pm with the sobering thought that they only have 24 hours to ascend Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden.
The conditions were good with no sign of rain and the team made excellent progress. They reached the summit of Ben Nevis just 3 hours after the start at 9pm and were welcomed by the mist gently clearing to give an unforgettable view of the snow capped mountain in the evening sun. This amazing view gave the team a few moments to reflect, having Loros and Cancer UK in mind, before it was time to begin the descent in the fading light.
The team made great progress on the way down, completing the descent in just 2.5 hours, and the mountain was complete. It was now time to let Steve step up again and get on top of the 5 hour journey back down the country to the lake district where the next challenge lay ahead, Scaffell Pike.
4:30am, it was still dark, pouring with rain but time to get ready for a 5am start to the summit. Having the weather against the team was going to make things tough over the next few hours but even with the rocky path being very slippery everyone made great progress and reached the summit in 2.75 hours. The view from the top could not have been more different from the day before with visibility down to just 20 metres it was time for a quick photograph before making the rapid descent.
Mountain two was tackled in just 5 hours which then left another 4 hour drive to North Wales to face the final challenge of Snowden, the pressure was on!
Steve did an amazing job throughout the challenge and got everyone to base camp at Snowden just after 2pm so just 4 hours to complete the challenge!
The route up Snowden is fairly easy to start but then the path narrows and becomes very steep, narrow and rocky. This, combined with a busy day with lots of others making the ascent, affects progress and once we neared the summit the conditions became quite treacherous. Heavy rain with strong winds meant that the accent took 2 hours leaving just 1 hour and 50 minutes to get down and complete the challenge. Having come this far everyone was feeling tired but strong, though not going to be beaten and certainly keeping Loros and Cancer UK in mind which helped focus everyone. The weather improved as the team worked their way down and everyone made it back to base with just 30 minutes to spare before the 24 hours were up!
The climbing team would like to pass on their warm thanks to Steve for making the challenge possible. His driving skills allowed everyone to get between the Peaks, home safely and in good time.
The vehicle for the event was kindly donated by Keyta Fire Protection Services and the fuel was donated by blazewear heated clothing which ensured that all money raised by the event goes directly to Loros and Cancer UK.
The team would like to pass on their huge thanks for for all the generous people that have supported them and helped to raise money for the Loros Charity Hospice (http://www.loros.co.uk/) and Cancer research UK.
If you would still like to donate to our chosen charities, the giving pages are still available and both charities would be most appreciative of any donation, no matter how small.
For Loros please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/blazewear
For Cancer research UK http://www.justgiving.com/matthew-baker12/eurl.axd/d13c5e1f47c27241b4b75af5f4cb897a