Two 3 Peak Challenges in 3 days

 

After a two evenings and a day in Church Beck gorge scrambling for Summitreks it was good to hang up the wetsuit for a change and head off on a 3 Peak Challenge with our friends over at Mountain Journeys.

Mark at Mountain Journeys had landed the responsibility for providing the guides for Acer UK’s 3 Peak Challenge with style – this one was to be done over 3 days, with a stay in a nice hotel each evening to recuperate, rather than the usual 24 hour deadline and the race down the motorway to the next peak. We were obviously more than happy to help out with this leisurely approach to the challenge!

After a pleasant drive up to Fort William on Thursday afternoon and a quick client briefing it was up early on Friday for an ascent of Ben Nevis by the tourist track. Although not the most aesthetically pleasing way up the mountain, it is the quickest so is frequently used by those on 3 Peak Challenges. The team did really well and negotiated the relentless ‘zig zags’ to the summit, returning back the minibuses in about 7 hours. It was still winter high on the Ben – there is still a lot of snow on the north face, with runs of about 400m in length! Apparently people actually skied the north face recently – it’s July?!

The evening was spent in a hotel in Carlisle before another earlyish start and a drive over to Wasdale Head for an ascent of Scafell Pike. It was pretty warm on Saturday, which made going tough, but the team again all managed to summit – this time in around 5 hours. Well done to the team and a special thanks for picking Mountain Rescue England & Wales as your chosen charity.

It was time for me to leave Team Acer as I had another date with Scafell Рthis time working for Highpoint on a leg of another 3 Peak Challenge!  Fortunately the evening team were late, so it gave me time for a rest before heading up the mountain for the second time in a day.

What perfect weather for an evening ascent – clear skies, the sun setting over Great Gable, Scafell crag glowing in the red light of dusk and a sky full of stars to descend to. Well done to the team – everyone summited within 4 hours. Thanks to the support crew for the sausage sandwich on our return!

Cheers to Mountain Journeys and Highpoint for getting us involved. A great few days.

In other related news, Wasdale MRT have recently called for 3 Peak Challenges to be regulated. Why? Well, they’re rightly tired of having to go out onto the hill to search for ‘3 Peakers’ who are lost as a result of having taken no map or compass with them, or having no clue how to use them. If you’re doing one of these challenges then help reduce theses unnecessary callouts by training properly for the challenge and making sure that you have the skills to look after yourself on the hill. Get some navigation training and practice before you start the challenge. Take responsibility.

Si

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Team Acer on their 3 Peak Challenge

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Team Acer on their 3 Peak Challenge

 

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