Having travelled extensively around the world and done things ranging from deep sea scuba diving, exploring various off-beat destinations, sleeping on a volcano rim to climbing mountains above 6000 meters, the contest "An achievement I will never forget", actually made me think hard as to what is that one thing of all my adventures that I will never forget, will remember for the lifetime and feel proud of!
And I can't think of anything other than my marathon climb to the highest peaks of England, Wales and Scotland in 48 hours, not only because it was tough & adventurous, but also because I took this as a personal challenge to help raise funds for a charity which looks after the education of underprivileged kids.
I did not only complete the challenge in terms of making it within 48 hours, but also was able to raise a good sum of money for the charity, which was a double achievement and something I am proud of till date :)
What is the “Three Peaks Challenge”:
Three Peaks Challenge is all about climbing the highest peaks of England (Scafell Pike – 978 M), Wales (Snowdon – 1085 M) and Scotland (Ben Nevis – 1345 M) in 24 hours. People who do it in 24 hours are driven between the bases of the three peaks, which is approximately 12 hours’ drive. The total climb time of the three mountains is approximately 18 hours for a relatively fit trekker/climber. This makes it practically impossible to complete the challenge within 24 hours if you decide to drive yourself, which is what we did (Me and my partner) 😊
The 24-hour clock starts from the start of the first climb and ends upon the completion of last climb.
What we did:
We decided to complete the challenge in 48 hours. I would say, it was a real tough one with self-driving to the base of each mountain (12 hrs drive), minimum rest/sleep and then climbing all 3 peaks (18 hours of climb), all within the 48 hours of time frame!