I have to start this post by saying that this is not about THE Three Peak Challenge, but it's about MY Three Peak Challenge. I didn't climb Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon within 24 hours, I didn't run up and down the three tallest mountains in the UK either, nor did I dress up in fancy dress. Why would you want to do that anyways? My Three Peaks Challenge was to conquer each one at my own pace and on three different days. Boring? Not so much.
|Photo by Dave under Creative Commons Licence|
The first one on the list was Snowdon. This was my first mountain climb ever and I was lucky to have an experienced mountaineer as my guide. We walked up Watkins paths which starts out quite even as you pass some abandoned copper mines. The ascent became a bit more steep as we went along, but the hard part was close to the summit where we had to find our own path as we scrambled to the top. As we started this final ascent, thick fog came rolling in and within seconds I could barely see as far as the tip of my nose. Kudoos to my expert mountain guide, who led us to the top, but nonetheless I was bricking it slightly. What made it even more surreal was that when we finally reached the top (me with my heart pounding so hard it felt like it was coming out of my mouth) there were people walking around in flip-flops instead of hiking boots on the terrace of the restaurant at the top. They'd taken the train. Go figure.
|Photo by Richard Leonard under Creative Commons Licence|
|The start of Ben Nevis hike|
|Summit of Ben Nevis|
The walk up the last of them, Scafell Pike was blessed with some fine weather. Finally. At least I could enjoy some fine views from the top this time. We were treated to an action packed training session of the mountain rescue heli team who dropped off two of their people only to hoist them back up to the chopper again. It made for an exciting lunch at the top.
|Walking up Scafell Pike|
|Scafell Pike Summit|