On Saturday 28th September Jonathan and his mates climbed Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours! Please sponsor him for his amazing efforts. Click here.
Jonathan recounts the challenge in his own personal words:
We set up camp at the foot of Ben Nevis Thursday night in high spirits and made it to the start of the trail for 6am Friday morning. We were due to start at 5pm that night but were forced to start early due to severe storms forecast in all three mountains at the times we were due to be there.
The first hour was in darkness but as we ascended we watched the sun come up over the Glen and it was an absolutely beautiful sight. 5 hours 16 minutes later we were all back at the foot, into a change of dry clothes and straight on to the minibus on our way to the Lake District 6 hours away, all wondering what on earth we had signed up to.
We arrived at Wasdale at the start of Scarfell Pike at 5:30pm, one person down due to a seized knee. About an hour in we had to cross a small but fast flowing stream that was about 3 foot deep and swollen due to the heavy rain. We crossed using the taller rocks just under the surface and our hiking sticks. Two of the group didn't fair too well and fell in soaking their boots and feet with one straining their groin. That was them out too, three down, five left. We climbed with good pace and turned around often to admire the ever changing, beautiful sunset behind the hills.
As we neared the summit the path disappeared along with the daylight. We were now using head torches and the cairns (large piles of rocks to show the way) to navigate our way up across large, uneven rocks. The wind had really picked up and that last hour felt like three. We made the top, immediately turned around, and made the slow painful decent. Wet with the rain, the rocks had become very slippery and most of us fell a few times as we descended. We were happy to get back to the minibus at 11:30pm.
We arrived at Snowdonia for 03:30am. The determination required to get out of the minibus to climb the last mountain after two mountains and two hours sleep between each was HUGE. Every piece of me didn’t want to get out of that van and start Snowdon. We had been advised not to climb due to poor weather and dangerous conditions. I had come this far and wasn’t going to give up without being physically incapable to walk. Four out of the original 8 summited at 5:45am having climbed in complete darkness after an orange weather warning, sideways rain and 60mph+ winds! We had to climb on our hands and knees for the last 100m to avoid being blown over. We took shelter for nearly an hour to asses our options and made our way down the side of the mountain with the least wind. We finally arrived at the car park at around 8:15am absolutely exhausted but ecstatic to have done it! We were welcomed back with applause from the guys who were injured and others who knew what we had done. One word... AMAZING!
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