We’ve done it! At AMES Group Ltd, we’ve completed our Three Peaks Challenge on the hottest weekend of the year, and raised just over £6000 and counting for the Brett Young Gateway – Dementia Day Service in Halesowen.
Teaming up with Grosvenor Mobility (another local company) the group set off at 8am Thursday 28th June to pick up team member Andy from Preston. Getting on to the M6 traffic was fine, banter was flying as new friendships were being made and so was bickering amongst the designated drivers Keith and Tony, all with good intentions of course!
There were talk and discussions of what routes should be taken for tackling the first mountain of Ben Nevis and starting times due to expected extreme heat conditions.
A pit stop was found in Loch Lomond as the bus became extremely hot and sauna like, with Chris taking full advantage and stripping down to his underwear for a dip.
The group arrived at the Glen Nevis campsite below Ben Nevis at 6pm and pitched up their tents as fast as they could, so they could watch the England V Belgium in a pub in nearby Fort William. Not the best of games to say the least however this was not holding the group back from a much-beloved curry night.
After a night of camping and being bitten to death by midges and other creepy crawlies, the group enjoyed a barbeque breakfast at 05:15 am.
An early start was a must to avoid the forecasted 30-degree scorching sun.
Pumped with excitement and a staple breakfast, the group set off for their challenge, but first, a Peaky Blinders Photo was a must!
Ben Nevis proved to be relentless and the same gradient continued for a good hour followed by a snow field and a lot of snowballs thrown!
The boys reached the top at 11.40am taking just over 4 hours, and a serious rehydration session was needed with each of them getting through at least 3-4 litres of water. Alan Read, MD of AMES described reaching the top as “a fantastic feeling and a great reward with all the 360 degrees of views that were amazing.”
However, the challenge was not over for the group yet, the descent was tough! After having a wee nip of Brandy & Port from a hipflask, and taking on the beauty, they started the tough walk down, which caused damage to a few with blisters and knee pains. Views continued to be impressive and Chris took advantage and ran to a loch on the mountain of Ben Nevis.
Arriving at the base at 14:40 after descending for a difficult 2 hours and having achieved 23.3km, a well-deserved bite to eat was much appreciated by all. Some of the group members required medical work and the amazing Fireman Phil stepped up to the role.
There was no time to waste as the group were due to arrive in Keswick for 10pm to pick up their keys for the Derwentwater Hostel, near Scaffell Pike. Arriving in the nick of time despite travelling in a mini bus that moved at a sluggish pace of a maximum 62mph, the group were delighted to know there was no sleeping outside again as this time they had scored bunk beds.
Another day and another challenge, the group awoke at 7am to a cooked breakfast to prepare for a day in the beating sun, climbing Scaffell Pike. Unfortunately, this time around two walkers had to drop out due to injury, but this certainly was not holding anyone back and the group started at 09:15am to conquer the rolling hills and rock facing climbs of Scaffell Pike, much different to Ben Nevis. The last 100ft of the climb was difficult as many of the group members were scrambling and struggling due to loose rocks and by this stage, temperatures had reached 30 degrees again. Arriving at the peak at 12:15pm the views once again were the reward.
What felt like a lifetime, the descent down Scaffell Pike seemed to go on forever, but eventually, the group were surprised by a lagoon which was amazingly clear and cool and just the tonic for their tired legs.
After a staggering 23.2km and an enormous 31,870 steps, the team arrived at the bottom at 3:45pm to be welcomed by crew with Greggs steak bakes and sausage rolls and plentiful amount of water.
The evening drive from Scaffell Pike to Llanberis Youth Hostel was again a rush and pit stops were quick as they needed to arrive before 10pm for keys, but the glamping experience of wooden lodges situated at the bottom of Snowdon was perfect for a good night’s rest.
Another early start of 07:30am was necessary for the final challenge of The Three Peaks – Mount Snowdon. However, this time we were joined by family and friends. A strong team of 18 set off at 09:30am along an aesthetically pleasing track but legs were tired from the previous two mountains and the sun continued to beam in full force. Eventually arriving at the top at 12:30 having completed 19.9km to be greeted by spectacular views.
However, the challenge was not over yet, the descent proved to be the most difficult of all as the heat was stifling, and dehydration had set in for a few group members. But like the other mountains, we stumbled upon another luscious lagoon which was appreciated by all.
An incredible journey and experience was had by all and great fun and friendships were made on the way whilst raising money for a great cause.