21 Jun


Three mighty mountains

21 Jun, 2016

Vicky MacLeod's 3 Peaks experience

Three mighty mountains. 24 hours. 120 climbers. 2,000 bottles of water. Throw in an awesome support team, some sunshine and storms, and you have all the ingredients for Sailors' Society's Three Peaks Challenge.

We start our epic weekend with a briefing aboard the glorious Glen Lee Tall Ship in Glasgow. There is a mixture of excitement and apprehension as our participants begin to comprehend what they've signed up to! Early next morning we pile onto coaches and admire the scenery as we head up to our first peak - the magnificent Ben Nevis.

Our climbers start their first challenge in beautiful sunshine, charging up the mountain to the sounds of a Scottish pipe band to spur them on their way. Bacon butties and a smiling support team await the exhilarated hikers as they cross the finish line.

Then it's onto Helvellyn in the Lake District for the night climb. Eek! Head torches on and following a twinkling trail of night lights, the climb is completed as the sun rises. After reviving bacon butties and tea, spirits are high despite the aches.

As we drive into Wales we are greeted by gathering storm clouds. Doesn't bode well. Our valiant supporters unfurl their sleepy selves and stretch their muscles, gathering the strength to face their final and most testing climb in the knowledge that this is not only a personal challenge but is to help seafarers in need.

And what a challenge it was! Despite torrential rain and wind, our elated climbers triumphantly descend Snowdon. Refuelled on chilli con carne, our final destination is the maritime museum in Liverpool where we celebrate, compare blisters, laugh and regale. A weekend to remember.

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