Steve met the challenge face on!

3rd November 2016

He did it..... Our inside sales exec Steve Pincott and his chums completed the Three Peaks 24-hour challenge and with time to spare. They set off from home on Friday 14th October for a flight to Glasgow and after being met at the airport by event organiser Maximum Adventure they travelled over to Fort William to meet their fellow climbers and to enjoy a meal out and a few beers.

They set their alarms for 5.45 am and were at the foot of Ben Nevis and ready to go by 7.30. Steve and his three former school friends James, Ben and Tom formed a group of 14, varying in ages from early thirties to mid-fifties.  Sadly they lost one of their group after climbing only a short way up the mountain. Lost as in – she left the group and was guided down the mountain after realising it wasn’t for her. The rest of the party continued up to the summit, stopping for just five minutes to catch their breath and have a drink of water before heading back down the mountain.  Steve said they did the majority of their eating as they walked, grazing on sandwiches, fruit, nuts and sweets as they went along.

Although the weather remained clear and dry for the most part, the wind speed picked up nearer to the summit and temperatures dropped to minus 6 degrees. Ben Nevis was completed by 1.30pm and in six hours. Steve commented that whilst his energy levels were not as depleted as he thought they might be – the terrain was definitely worse than he had imagined. The unevenness of the ground meant constantly having to be vigilant and watching where he walked.   

It was straight in to the mini-bus and a seven hour trip down to the Lake District for their next ascent. When they set off at 9pm to climb Scafell Pike it was fine and dry again but obviously very dark! There were a few stumbles along the way despite their head-torches, as you might imagine, and some tired legs by this time. Again it was a quick drink on the rainy and windswept summit and back down the mountain for 2am. By this time there were a few aching feet and painful toe nails from the steep descent but fortunately no blisters.

Back in the mini-bus to cat-nap on the four hour trip to Wales and the group starting to feel jaded at this point. By 6am they were setting off on their third and final climb-Snowdon, a height of 1,085 metres above sea-level. Fortunately for morale the weather was dry when they set off although it was still dark. By now everyone was feeling very tired and sleep deprived. At this point the party was split in to two groups, based on fitness levels, with a guide each to lead the way. Steve said it was around this time the camaraderie within the group was at its best as they all offered each other words of encouragement…..with a good helping of banter and jokes.

The guide leader for Steve’s group took them off on a far steeper route than the others which meant they got to the summit a lot quicker.  By the time they reached the summit it was 8.30am and again very cold, wet and windy. It was at this point that a feeling of exhaustion began to set in and a feeling that they maybe they couldn’t make it. But make it they did….and all within the 24 hour challenge period. In fact they climbed the three mountain in 21 hours and 30 minutes. What an achievement.

Steve commented that the one aspect of the whole trip that took him by surprise was the amount of ‘scrambling’ that was needed to make the ascents; it was a lot harder than he had anticipated.   Steve alone managed to raise £1,050 for Prostate Cancer UK and if you would like to support him in his fund raising efforts it’s not too late and you can still give. Find his Just Giving page at  https://www.justgiving.com/Steve-Pincott

To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK go to –    http://prostatecanceruk.org/                                  

Well done Steve. We’re very proud of you.

 


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