Amy and Chris went for it! 3 PEAKS in 24 Hours
On 28 August 2015 Amy and Chris of the BMA set off to scale the three biggest mountains in Great Britain; Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. And its all for the Children's Burns Trust.
They raised £3,737 for the BMA's favourite charity!
With a combined vertical distance of 42km and 3000 vertical metres this trek was sure to be a challenge for them.
Unfortunately it didn't go quite as planned since Amy took a serious fall on Ben Nevis and needed to be carried off the mountain. She badly injured her ankle and was not allowed to continue. Chris carried on alone, completing the three peaks in 24 hours. The weather on Ben Nevis was truly awful. It was lashing with rain 35+mph with gusts up 55mph and a minus 4 wind chill! Scafell Pike was a steep climb completely in the dark, just using head torches. Snowdon was a little easier with 'great weather.'
See what Chris says, here > https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-peaks-challenge-christian-taylor-hamlin
WHAT YOU CAN DO?
You can still contibute! You can still support their efforts with your cash - all of which will go towards Children's Burns Trust. So open your wallets, please!
The Three Peaks Challenge tests the limits of participant teams – ascending and descending the three mountains; Ben Nevis at 4,409 ft, Scafell Pike at 3,206 ft and Snowdon at 3,560 ft.
Team members have to cope with changing clothes, eating, drinking and sleeping as they travel to their next destination by road. It is a physically and mentally demanding team event that tests everyone at different stages.
Amy Kirk (Marketing Manager) and Christian Taylor-Hamlin (Technical Director) finished the challenge on Sunday 30th August and raised an amazing £3,737 towards our ongoing target of £5,000 for the Children’s Burns Trust. The challenge was not easy and did prove a step too far for one.
Amy Kirk, Marketing Manager: “We arrived at Fort William on the Friday night after a long 12 hours on the road to be greeted by some of the heaviest rain I have ever seen! For me it went a little downhill after that.”
Stage 1: Ben Nevis (The Ben) - Scotland
“We awoke at 5am ready to begin walking at 7.20am. The hike up was wet, windy and cold, but we intended to do the three peaks in under 24 hours so kept up the pace.
It was during the climb that disaster struck.
“Climbing steadily up the steep incline, my foot just slipped turning my ankle over. Pain and swelling began instantly and I knew that was it, just as my challenge had begun, after months of preparation, it was over.”
It later transpired that Amy had a partial tear in a ligament in her ankle which was just too serious for her to safely continue.
Christian carried the mantle and in awful weather conditions completed the climb. Soaked to the bone it was time to board the minibus and head off to the next challenge.
Duration - 3h 6min to summit, 5h 30 total climb – 4,409ft
Stage 2: Scafell Pike – England
At Scafell Pike the weather was clear and a welcome relief from the rain. Head torches were an essential bit of kit for this peak as the climb was done in pitch black so everyone was careful with their footing.
The climb went well afterwards it was back on the minibus to try and get a couple of hours sleep before the final challenge.
Duration - 2h 30min to summit, 4h 30 total climb – 3,206ft
Stage 3: Snowdon - Wales
“The journey to Snowdon was hard. None of us really slept. We tried, but the combination of the rough ride and the stiffness of our legs made it near impossible. When we stopped for a break to stretch our legs the pain really kicked in for a lot of us.” Chris commented.
The team arrived at Snowdon on a clear, sunny Sunday morning. The climb was hard due to the combination of sleep deprivation and exhaustion.
On completing the hike and reaching the finish Christian had only three words: “That was hard, I fancy a celebratory ice-cream! ”
Duration - 2h 15min to summit, 4h 30 total climb – 3,560ft
Christian finished all three peaks with a total climb time of 14 hours and 30 minutes.
Thank you to the team sponsors and supporters, thanks to your generosity the team surpassed all expectations and raised a fantastic amount for the Children’s Burns Trust.
The question now is, what’s next? – Watch this space!