WOW “Weidmuller, Routeco and Rockwell conquer the Three Peaks Challenge for Cancer Research”
On 27th June, our Weidmuller UK National Sales Manager, John Jackson, boldly set off as part of a group of 15 intrepid adventurers from Routeco & Rockwell, namely Scott Wilson, Rob Stebbings, Mark Bettington, Fiona Brown, Jonathan Bye, Johannes Holler, Damian Spall, Naz Mohammed, Phil Huntley, Phil Wilson, Ian Stewart, Clair Stewart, Jeff Stewart and Mark Crawford, in a minibus to the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of Scotland.
This was just the beginning of the first leg of their journey in accomplishing the Three Peaks Challenge in a joint exercise to raise money for Cancer Research. The challenge involves walking the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in around 24 hours.
Their first peak challenge was Ben Nevis. Ben Nevis is the highest of the three peaks at 1344 metres (4409 ft). It starts close to sea level, which means a substantial, vertical ascent.
The team set off after a mere 2 ½ hour sleep, at around 3.30 am. As they climbed, they had to brave a substantial drop in temperature, which plummeted from around 20oC to sub-zero. Indeed, when they reached the top, they were surrounded by still snow fields. However, this did not deter the group and after a short rest, they then made their way down, reaching the bottom at around 2 pm.
However, there was no time to be lost and everyone was soon travelling the 6 hours in their minibus to the highest mountain in England, located in the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria, at 978 metres (3,209 ft) – Scafell Pike.
It was around 8.15 pm when they began this, their next climb. The lateness of the day motivated the team to make an incredibly fast ascent to the top – despite its painfully steep incline! Not deterred, they bravely carried on, completing the final part of this stage in darkness, at around 11.15 pm.
And then it was off once again in the minibus to the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd to tackle the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level – Snowdon.
This final peak was amazingly completed by the team early on Sunday. Although feeling nearly every step by now, they did not falter and it was a fantastic finish for everyone as it turned out to be the most magnificent day with sunshine at the top, giving everyone clear, breathtaking views.
John said of the day, “It was most definitely more of a challenge than I realised and I completely underestimated how difficult it would be! The combination of sleep deprivation for two nights (a total of 6 hours sleep) the hours of travelling in the minibus, along with the steep uphill and downhill climbs was far more extreme than I think we had all anticipated. Certainly at a total of approximately 42km, there were certainly some tired legs among the team by the end!”
John added “However, the cool thing is that we did it! And whilst we probably won’t be venturing up any mountains over the next few weeks at least, and getting up the stairs was a struggle for a couple of days afterwards, it was a fantastic experience of working together and helping one another, as a team, for a really worthwhile cause.
“And a huge thank you, to everyone sponsored us on this challenge! Through your kind contributions, we have raised over £4150 online for Cancer Research UK and as yet, have some more offline donations to calculate.”
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This post was updated by Lesley Young from Weidmüller UK.