27 August 2013
Over the weekend of 13 & 14 July, a small but intrepid team from Withers attempted the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Macmillan, aiming to climb the three tallest mountains in the British Isles in 24 hours.
We have all returned safe and sound and have, thus far, raised an impressive £7,000. Support for the hikers and drivers came from donations across the firm to our Just Giving page and from others in the firm, who baked cakes for a cake sale and who dressed down for a Friday in order to donate more.
We thought that you might be interested in how we fared in our challenge, so set out below a little taster of what we did to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support...
We arrived in Fort William on Friday evening, after a ten hour minibus journey from London. Keen to ensure we packed away the calories for the adventure, we ate a hearty meal and retired early-ish to bed.
Woken at 3.30am for tea and porridge we made a chilly rendezvous at the foot of Ben Nevis to start the climb at 4am. As we climbed out of the valley and into the cloud draped mountain, the route became more and more moonlike. At that hour of the morning it felt as we were the only people on the planet. Well, the only ones foolish enough to be attempting what we were doing. Some snow still capped the summit of the 1,300m beast and with the wind whipping around us, we managed a doughnut each, and a couple of snaps.
Our daredevil drivers showed their rally driving credentials as, at the end of a six hour journey, the Withers Team taxied along the western shore of Lake Waswater to Scafell Pike. The 15 seater minibus handled nimbly on the mountain bends, turning a few rather green ahead of their climb on the hottest day of 2013 so far. The team suffered under the scorching sun and after a gruelling climb and descent, finally settled back exhausted in the minibus late in the evening.
Another five hours in the minibus as we wended our weary way from England to Wales, brought us to the foot of our third and final mountain, invisible in the pitch black. Armed with cold weather gear, head torches and safety whistles the team headed off into the night, first onto a gently rising three mile walk, followed by a 350m near vertical climb and scrabble across the rocks. Safely, the whole team scrambled to the windy summit in time to watch dawn break over the valleys - a truly beautiful view!
The amazing support of our colleagues pushed us up each mountain and their amazing generosity pushed the donations well over the £5,000 mark. We are proud to have been able to take on this challenge and delighted to have been able to raise money for our very worthy Charity of the Year.