The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland within 24 hours. Members of the LASER team took up this challenge on Friday 16th June.
Andy, Jack, Kathleen, Joe and Matt (plus Will and Emily) left Kent at 5am, reaching Fort William just in time to begin climbing Ben Nevis at 5pm. The first climb was really tough with visibility down to 10 metres in parts and temperatures as low as -3C at the summit. It was made harder by never being able to see how far they had climbed … or how close the top was.
They got back to the car at 10:30 pm (taking 5.5 hours). Andy then did a fantastic job of whisking the team back to Scafell Pike in England, with only a small detour via Glasgow. The team then scrambled up Scafell Pike in glorious morning sunshine at 5am. The better weather was a huge help, allowing them to get up and down in 3 hours (making up some time they had lost during the tougher Ben Nevis climb).
They knew they would be tight on time, so they had a rapid turnaround, pausing only momentarily for a bacon butty arriving at Snowdon at 1:30pm. Matt and Will (a friend of the team), made a dash for the summit climbing it in 1hour 10 minutes, paused at the summit and descended for 4:16pm (23:16 elapsed time). Jack and Emily also stormed up and down the mountain, finishing at 4:51pm (23:51 elapsed time). Andy, Kathleen and Joe did what the others wished they were doing, and took their time enjoying the climb and finishing slightly later.
A brilliant effort made by everyone who took part in the challenge.