A few months ago my colleague Jason explained that that colleagues from Co-op Legal Services were taking on the 3 Peak Challenge in aid of Headway Bristol. The months of training flew by and the challenge soon arrived. Here’s how we got on.
The adventure began in our tightly packed minibus as we set off for Scotland with high spirits. We began our ascent up the highest mountain in our challenge – Ben Nevis at 4:30pm. It was daunting to be at the bottom looking up, as we finally got some perspective on just how far we had to go.
It’s 1,345 metres to the top so a few stops were needed en route. But this did give us a good excuse to enjoy the spectacular scenery across the Scottish lochs.
The final stretch to the summit was tough. The ground is covered in loose scree, it was bitterly cold and visibility was poor. We eventually battled our way through the high winds to the top, and after a quick photo we started the long descent.
It was reaching nightfall by the time we’d all clambered back into the minibus. We were all pleased to have completed the first peak, but it was definitely a hard slog and there were a few blisters and injuries that required attention.
We arrived the next morning in the Lake District ready to tackle Scafell Pike. The early morning wet mist and our stiff legs meant putting our walking boots back on was the last thing we felt like doing, but before long we’d started the climb up England’s highest peak. It’s the shortest of the three, standing at 978 metres, but it’s certainly the steepest. The weather also made the terrain very slippery, so it was with great relief when we reached the summit after just two hours.
After the obligatory photo we made our way down through the cloud and back to the
minibus and set off to Wales.
We arrived at the foot of Snowdon on Sunday afternoon, with very stiff legs feeling thankful that this was the final peak. We chose to do the Pyg Pass, which is the shortest and fastest route up Snowdon, but also one of the steepest.
The weather conditions were perfect and we were treated to beautiful views across North Wales. Parts of the route involved scrambling over rocks, and it took real grit and determination to haul our way to the summit in just under two hours.
We were all smiles on our way back down, and before we knew it we it were back at the car park congratulating each other on an incredible achievement. At last we could take our walking boots off and look forward to a cup of tea, a shower and some much-needed sleep.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that we’re really proud of completing the challenge, but more so that we’ve managed to raise over £3,000 for Headway Bristol. The work they do is incredible – and it was worth every blister.
Co-op Legal Services Content Writer