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Ryan Kemp 3-peaks challenge 2008

13th….15th June 2008

 

The RYAN KEMP 3 peaks challenge 2008.

 

 

THE RYAN KEMP 3 -PEAKS CHALLENGE 2008.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Three_Peaks_Challenge     

excellent 3 peaks challenge site.

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Well Friday 13th June eventually arrived, good job we were not superstitious,

After the previous 6 months practice walks etc, organising, I think everybody was now just itching to get going on the Challenge itself.

 

Friday 13th June 2007. till Sunday 15th June 2007.

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Following our minibus pick up’s, it was back to various homes for people to prepare  themselves for the challenge.

 

12.15pm, earlier start this year to try to miss traffic on M6, as you will see this did not quite match expectations, was it the curse of Friday 13th ?.

Everybody ready on the 2 minibuses, 

As we left Greenfield Avenue in  our brand new minibuses, everything appeared fine, then the bloody bleeping started, the Taco in our brand new minibus, decided it would bleep every 30 seconds or so, clearly we could not put up with this, so after a drive round to Moulton Park , to the hire company office, we discovered no one in the office, a big hammer was suggested at this time, but no, we calmed down and decided to visit the main van dealer on the way to the M1, very “helpful” !!!!!!! guy suggested that he should perhaps remove the Taco, as he did not have any idea how to stop the bleeping, with Taco removed; we set off for the motorway at 1.35pm, so much for the early start.

As we reached the dual carriageway, the driver noticed that since the Taco had been removed, we did not have a speedo on the van, so no idea what speeds we would be travelling, so back in goes the Taco, along with the bleeping, good old co-driver after a lot of button pushing managed to control the bleeping, so that it only started when the bus speed dropped below about 10 miles per hour.

 

SCOTLAND HERE WE COME.

  Off we went, the 1st part of the journey which is always a little anti climax, usually stuck in traffic for a while on the M6, this did not change this year, only about a 15minute hold up on the way to Sandbach Service station, chance for  stretch legs etc.

  We left Sandbach after about 20 minutes stop over, at  16.05

  Another couple of hours M6 driving till we reached TEBAY  Westmoreland service station at 18.05.

  A very welcome "HOT" meal was taken here; this was to be our last decent meal until after we had completed our 1st peak, The BEN.

  Leaving Tebay around 18.55, we then had another couple of hours driving, until we reached HAMILTON Service station,

  We eventually reached Hamilton Services at 20.55, just stopping for toilet etc, and then leaving at 21.15 for the final leg of our journey through Glasgow, (M8) to Fort William.

After the weather forecast for the previous few days we were amazed to still see the sun shining brightly right through till about 10.00pm

  It never really got dark at all due to the clear skies, absolutely fantastic weather.

Was this the Friday the 13th curse again, as we reached the split of the A82 and A83 at Loch Lomond, we discovered that the A 82, our road, was closed, not knowing the roads of Scotland that well, we followed our Sat Nav, the whole diversion route actually put approx 50 miles etc on the journey, plus an extra hour at least.

  When we eventually reached the Glen Nevis Visitors centre Car park at 12.45am, A quick change of clothes etc, bags ready.

  With dry weather at Fort William, there did not appear to be any of the annoying "Midges" about that we usually encounter.

  After everybody had got ready for the climb, final farewells to drivers, we eventually started the "CHALLENGE" at 1.15am. Only about 15minutes later then the 2007 challenge.

  So off we went 11 walkers all in a line starting our 1st ascent of  Ben Nevis, "The BEN".

Mick, Irene, John, Shannon, Sarah, Bernard, Lizzie, Holly, Dave, Aaran, and Andy,

 Leaving Cath, George, Victor, Brian and Tony, our drivers behind to get some well earned kip.

  After about 2 hours walking, it really was light enough to turn off the majority of our head torches, Venus could be seen clearly in the Sky,  Approx 3.15am we arrived at the "lake in the Mountain", this particular lake is used to supply fresh water to the Ben Nevis Distillery,

  At this point, we noticed that the sun was starting to rise in the East. It was here that we decided to stop for a breather and some snacks etc.

  After our snacks we continued for about 15 minutes, and then crossed the RED BURN, this is approx half way between bottom and summit.

  The next stage of the of the walk starts to become quite steep in places, with the path now Zig Zaggin it’s way to the top, every time we stopped and looked east the Sun was rising steadily higher,

  After some interesting walking across the normal snow patch that covers the path close to the Summit, (Due to the clear skies the snow patch was rock hard), like walking across a skate park.

  On the summit it’self, the actual rocks were all covered in a thin layer of snow / ice, which made for a very tricky last few yards to reach the top of GREAT BRITAIN.

6.15am on the Summit of the BEN, with no view to speak of, cloud had enveloped the summit just before we reached the top.

  After the Photo shoot etc, we finally started to Descend from the BEN at 6.30am in sunshine.

  Due to clearness of the day etc, the group all split up for the trek to the bottom.

Final walkers arriving at the bottom at 9.15am, still a very respectable time for the BEN during a 36-hour 3-peaks challenge.

  Breakfast at Morrisons went well, not too much waiting around this year.

 After re-fuelling at Fort William, it was time to set off for the LAKES.

Leaving Fort William at 11.30am, slightly later than anticipated, 

  I think that most people suddenly found themselves very very tired, after the trek up the BEN and then full breakfasts; sleep was the order of the day.

  As we reached Calendar, the weather began to change (As forecast), only a short sharp shower though, nothing like last years challenge.

 Following a short stop at Gretna services  ( 15.45  till 16.30) we left for the next leg of journey the 2.5 hour journey from Gretna to Wasdale.

 Arriving at Wasdale around 18.55, in glorious sunshine.

  After getting ready for the walk ahead, at Gosforth, due to large number of 3-peakers around we decided to change into our walking gear at the main car park, in Gosforth, we were then ready to jump off the bus at Wastwater while the drivers found somewhere to park the minibuses.

We started our ascent of Scafell Pike at 19.30, in wonderful late evening sunshine.

  As we were ascending to Scafell Pike we could see the path that we would normally descend by (mickledore and Brown Tongue) footpath, however due to erosion this path is now deemed to be too dangerous to descend by, so the decision was made to ascend and descend via same route.

The last leg of the ascent to the summit of SCAFELL PIKE we had a wondrous sunset out to the west over the Irish Sea, with the Isle of Man visible in the distance.

However as we reached the summit, the wind was making for a very cold stop at the top, following photo’s etc we then started our descent.

Arrived at the summit of SCAFELL PIKE at 22.00, leaving the top at 22.15.

The descent from Scafell Pike was, as usual quite laborious, why do the descents always appear to have bits added on, whilst you are coming down the Mountains.

Arriving back at the minibuses around 1am.

  AT THIS POINT I MUST SAY A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DRIVERS, WITHOUT DRIVERS THE WHOLE CHALLENGE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PLACE; WE CAN NOT PRAISE THE DRIVERS TOO MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH LADS AND LASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

CATH , GEORGE, BRIAN, VICTOR AND TONY.

  Following a change of clothes etc in the minibuses, we left the Lakes (Wasdale head) AROUND 1.45AM for our journey to North Wales.

 We journeyed down the M6, stopping briefly at Lancaster services for fuel etc (4.00am till 4.25am).

  The weather as we reached North Wales was not too bad, quite dry, but some high cloud,

 We reached Pen Y Pass car park at 7.05am, still on time for completion of the 3-peaks challenge within 36 hours.

When we arrived at the car park, Elaine and Lee, were also on hand to meet us, after sleeping in their car for a few hours till we turned up.

Lee was also to Join us for the Mount Snowdon Walk.

   Due to the footpath ( The Pyg Track Route) being reasonably clear to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the group left to make their own way to the Summit and back, starting our ascent of Snowdon at 7.45am, the last group reached the summit, thankful to be on the last summit at 10.40am, quick photo’s then the descent, the last group arriving for the picture call by George, at the foot of Snowdon taking individual photo’s of everybody has they passed the "FINISH" line.

The final group arriving at 13.05pm, 3-peaks in 36 hours completed by everybody.

  Hot tea was made available to everybody supplied by our "Back up" van drivers.

  Then of course the customary wine , beer and Cider etc also came out.

  In conclusion of the challenge.

 

The Start of the Challenge was BEN NEVIS, with the weather the views etc on the ascent and descent on this mountain certainly made for a very good start to the Challenge,

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE I WANT TO 1ST THANK ELAINE, LEE, IRENE AND ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF YOUNG RYAN FOR INVITING ME TO LEAD THE GROUP FOR A 2ND TIME ON THE CHALLENGE THIS YEAR.

I FEEL SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS CHALLENGE, WITH SO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF Ryan’s TAKING PART,

This HAS CERTAINLY BEEN FOR ME, ALSO A VERY EMOTIONAL 8 MONTHS, culminating again in this wonderful Challenge.

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On a personal note, I would like to thank all the walkers for allowing me a moment of solitude / quite on the summit of each Mountain, this helped me a great deal, in dealing with my own personal losses over this past 8 months, and many thanks for joining with me with our little NIP of Whisky on Scafell and Snowdon,

Dad, Ken and Greg were all there with me.

  THEN OF COURSE I CAN NOT EXPRESS MY THANKS TOO MUCH TO ALL THE WALKERS / DRIVERS , HELPERS ETC WHO HAVE MADE THIS CHALLENGE POSSIBLE, THIS YEAR MY CLIMB OF BEN NEVIS WAS MY 21st, I have taken Church groups, 3 -peakers, family members and friends up over the last 13 years, but for me the emotion of the event this year is certainly one that I shall not forget.

 MANY MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING ME TO TAKE PART WITH YOU.

 

 

 

 MICK FINCH

 

Next year the 3-peaks challenge shall take place over the weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th June, with Fathers day being on June 21st.

As next year I am celebrating my 50th year, I am trying to arrange for new participants, plus past participants to join with me, please do e-mail if you would like to be on the provisional list.

I shall be splitting proceeds from next years event 4 ways, 4 charities that have been dear to me over the last 13 years, they are :-

 

RNBT, (Royal navy benevolent trust ), Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice,  Tools for Self reliance, Northampton  and C A N Northampton.

  

 
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2008 WALKING DATES

 
M R Finch Electrical Contractors

28A Clare street

Northampton.

Phone 01604 631679(Day)   (01604 642551)(night/weekends)  Fax 01604 631973

Mobile 07885 298611.

e-mail  mick@finchelectrical.co.uk

 

Please find below walking list for this coming years challenges etc Swiss (Sept2008) and Mount Kilimanjaro’ (October 2008)

 

If you are able to come on any of the following walks, can you please let me know in advance, so that I can try to organise transport etc, also if you are able to offer transport, that would be appreciated.

It is strongly advised for you to bring with you on each walk, appropriate clothing, for the weather etc, and also a TORCH.

If you require further info’ etc on any of the following please either e-mail me or phone.

This year I am leaving some of the walking venues open, If anyone would like to suggest a walking area etc for any of the dates, please e-mail me asap. Either local walks,  Derbyshire, Cotswolds, Shropshire etc etc etc.

A few places are still available for Kilimanjaro 2008 and Swiss Challenge 2008 , please e-mail for further details.

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Sunday 13th January 2008  Bleaklow area               Leave Northampton 7.30am

 

Saturday 26th January 2008  Mam Tor / Jacobs ladder        Leave Northampton 7.30am                                                                

 

Saturday 2nd February  2008 Derbyshire                              Leave Northampton 7.30am

 

Saturday 23rd February 2008   Shropshire, LongMynd         Leave Northampton 7.30am        

 

Saturday 29th March 2008             Peak District area.                          Leave Northampton 7.30am

 

Sunday 20th April  2008  (KENT WALK, Seven Sisters or other)               Leave Northampton 7.30am.

 

Saturday 10th May 2008 Edale area, to include Jacob’s ladder, Kinder etc,  leave Northampton  7.30am

 

                                                                       

Bank Holiday weekend 24th, 25th, 26th May 2007 Possible Lake District Weekender

 

Please do\ feel free to bring along friends / families etc for any of the walks, also please do feel free to offer any suggestions for any of the walks.

 Thanks, Any Further questions etc, please e-mail or ring me.

 

Many Thanks

 

See you soon  Mick

 

Possible Other dates to be added later.

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SWISS CHALLENGE APPLICATION FORM

 
APPLICATION FORM, PLEASE FILL IN ALL REQUIRED SPACES AND RETURN TO ME ASAP.
MANY THANKS.
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M.R FINCH

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

 

28a Clare Street, The Mounts, Northampton NN1 3JF

 

PHONE 01604 631679.  MOBILE 07885 298611.  FAX  01604 631973

 

e-mail 3peaks@finchelectrical.co.uk

 

 

THE SWISS “SCHILTHORN” CHALLENGE 2008.

 

PARTICIPANT APPLICATION FORM.

 

 

I ………………………………………………………………………………..

 

OF (home address)…………………………………………………………………………

 

 

E-Mail address…………………………………………………………………

 

CONTACT NUMBER…………………………………………………………

 

MOBILE NUMBER……………………………………………………………..

 

Passport number…………………………………………………………………..

 

AGREE TO TAKE PART IN THE SWISS “SCHILTHORN” CHALLENGE 2008.

 

OVER THE WEEKEND OF  13th….16th SEPTEMBER 2008.

(CLIMBING  THE “JAMES BOND” SCHILTHORN MOUNTAIN, In the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland.

 

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE SUBMITTED ITINERARY IN FULL, AND AGREE TO TAKE PART, ENTIRELY AT MY OWN RISK.

 

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE ORGANISERS OF THE EVENT (i.e M. R FINCH) SHALL ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILTY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY INJURIE’S and/or ACCIDENTS THAT MAY OCCUR DURING THE EVENT.

 

(Please REMEMBER to arrange your own personal travel insurance, this event does not involve any rope work, just trekking).

 

 

Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page 2 Continuation.

 

 

I ENCLOSE A CHEQUE FOR £ 150.00.  BEING A NON-RETURNABLE DEPOSIT.

 

And agree to raise a further minimum sponsorship amount of £ 500.00

 

I Further agree to hand over to my chosen Charity 50% (£ 250.00) of my sponsor money 14 days prior to the event taking place, with the remainder of my sponsorship monies being handed over in full, within 8 weeks of the event taking place.

 

 

PLEASE MAKE ALL CHEQUES PAYABLE TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING :-

 

I AGREE TO RAISE THE MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP AMOUNT AGREED ABOVE FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARITY.

 

 Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice

 

Tools for Self Reliance

 

 C A N Northampton

 

PLEASE DELETE ABOVE AS REQUIRED.

 

 

 

SIGNED…………………………………………  DATED…………………….

 

 

 

Please return as soon as possible to above address.

 

 

 

 

Please note that included within your minimum agreed sponsorship amount of £ 650.00 total is the following :-

 

Return Flights to Switzerland, from Luton Airport

Return Train ticket for travel whilst in Switzerland, to and from Our Base in Lauterbrunnen.

3 nights hotel accommodation based upon a bed/breakfast and evening meal basis, at the

HOTEL OBERLAND, LAUTERBRUNNEN.

Cable car ticket for the Descent from the Schilthorn Mountain.

 

Expenses you shall require to fund yourself :-

General spending money,

Money for cable cars during practice walk on Sunday.

 

 

Please see following page for Itinerary of this event.

 

 

 

 

ITINARY.

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Saturday 13th September 2008,

 Leave Luton Airport 07.40 for our flight to Switzerland,

 

Arrival in Switzerland, our train trip to our base in Lauterbrunnen, shall be broken by a few hours stop over in the medieval city of LUZERNE or BERN.

Arrival at HOTEL OBERLAND approx 6pm.

Time to settle in rooms, and be ready for evening meal at 7.30pm.

Following dinner, the rest of the evening is free time.

 

Sunday 14th September 2008.

 

Quite an early start today, Breakfast at 8am.

Leave hotel at 9.30am for our “Practice” walk, this walk involves quite a steep ascent from LAUTERBRUNNEN up to the wonderful Skiing Resort of WENGEN.

Following coffee etc at WENGEN, we can then catch the local Cable car up to the mountain top of MANLLICHEN, from here we have Fantastic views of (Weather Permitting) Interlaken, Grindlewald, and the Massifs of the big 3 mountains of the area, The EIGER, MONCH AND JUNGERFRAU.

 

Following a lunch stop at Manlichen, we can start the 2nd stage of our Practice walking day, walking from Manllichen to Kliene Schiedieg, this walk involves walking in the Shadow of the famous

NORTH FACE OF THE EIGER.

After reaching Kliene Scheideig, we then catch the local train back down the mountain to LAUTERBRUNNEN.

 

Evening meal again at 7.30pm.

Rest of Evening Free, However, please remember, tomorrow is a very Early Start.

 

Monday 15th September 2008.

 

Breakfast at 05.45, and be ready to leave Hotel by 06.30am at very latest.

 

Today we trek up to the SCHILTHORN,

 

Our trek starts from directly outside the hotel Oberland, the 1st part of the trek takes us up through the wonderful forest above Lauterbrunnen, up to the Alpine village of MURREN, this involves a trek of approx 3 hours.

At Murren we can then take a coffee etc, plus replenish water / food stocks etc required for the next stage of the walk, from the local Co Op.

After leaving Murren we can, on a clear day, see our objective, the Schilthorn.

On our way to the summit of the Schilthorn, we shall be making 2 break stops, plus other stops that people may require.

Reaching the Summit of the Schilthorn in the late afternoon., perhaps even time for a coffee etc in the revolving restaurant on the summit of the SCHILTHORN.

Before we catch our cable car for the descent back to LAUTERBRUNNEN.

 

Evening meal again at 7.30pm.

Following evening meal perhaps celebrations in the local late Bar, the HORNER BAR.

 

Tuesday 16th September 2008.

 

We are scheduled to leave LAUTERBRUNNEN approx 3.30pm, so today is a free day for everybody, I can however recommend a trip to the TRUMMELBACH water falls.

 

Arriving back in Luton Airport around 11pm

 

SPONSOR FORMS TO BE HANDED OUT UPON SIGNED COMPLETION OF THIS APPLICATION FORM.

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C A N Charity Swiss Challenge 2007. September.

Well it is that time of year again, Our annual Charity trek to Switzerland.
 
Due to A large group pulling out at last minute, we went ahead this year with just 2 of us taking part, no problem still wonderful experience and funds raised for C A N Northampton.
 
Thursday  6th September.
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Left Northampton 4.15am for the 45 minute journey to Luton Airport, our flight with EASYJET was due to leave at 7.10am, with a check in time of 5am.
With all the fuss etc at airports these days, it is always adivisable to check in early at Luton.
 
Flight was approx 30minutes late leaving, but actually arrived at Basel airport on time.
 
Short bus ride form Basel Airport to Basel SBB Rail station, as Basel is at the "Crux" of 3 countries, I.E Switzerland, Germany and France, there are also rail stations serving Germany and France, as well as Switzerland.
 
Train left Basel SBB at 11.27am prompt,  trains are always prompt in Switzerland, arriving in Bern, our 1st stop over, at 12.30pm.
 
With Bern being the capital of Switzerland, we found it to quite a bustling place, fantastic cathedral, parks etc.
With the clear weather on this Thursday we had fantastic views of the Swiss alps, over 26 Km away, we could clearly make out the massifs of the Eiger, Monch and Jungerfrau mountains.
 
Following lunch at the park area, we then took the oppurtnuity to climb the Cathederal tower, approx 396 spiral steps, well worth it though, the views across the city and the Alps were fantastic.
 
After a couple or so hours in Bern, we then caught our next train, from Bern to Interlaken, and then our final train from Interlaken to LAUTERBRUNNEN our Base for the following 3 days.
 
Following the short walk from LAUTERBRUNNEN station to the HOTEL OBERLAND, our base, we were greeted by Ursula at the door and given our room keys.
Following wash and brush up, and quick rest, we had by now been up for over 14 hours, and the night was just beginning.
 
Dinner at 7.30pm, those of you have been with us before to the HOTEL OBERLAND will know how fantastic the evening meals are at the OBERLAND, Mark and Ursula again impressed us with the meals.
 
Around 10pm, we all decided it would perahps be rude not to visit our local drinking haunt whilst in Switzerland, the wonderful HORNER Bar.
 
The Horner bar consists of a small room / Bar downstairs, open all day, with darts etc available, followed then by the "Night Club" on the 1st floor.
We deceided to venture upto the "Night club" around 11.30pm, being greeted by the energetic Angie.
Angie is a good friend of ours, whom we have known for several years now, if you are ever around LAUTERBRUNNEN on your own, always try to make the Horner bar, and say hello to Angie.
Following a few drinks and a few games of "Table football" we eventually left the club around 2am,  shattered from the previous days travelling etc.
Intsructions were given to meet at breakfast at 9am the following morning.
However, due obvisously to all the travelling the day before, it was required for Darren to come and wake me up, not at 9am, but 9.45am, felt a little worse for wear, again obvisously the travelling.
Can’t think of any other reason for feeling a little worse for wear.
 
Following Breakfast we then set out on our "practice" walk, approx 10.45am Friday 7th September.
 
The practice walk for the 1st day, takes us from LAUTERBRUNNEN Valley, straight up to the wonderful little village of Wengen, quite a steep sharp walk of approx 1.5 hours, the day was beautiful and Sunny, giving us fantastic views every step of the way to Wengen.
 
After a chocolate drink in Wengen, we then caught the Cable car upto MANLICHEN, after leaving the Cable Car at MANLICHEN, turn left on a sunny clear day, and take the short, 20minute walk upto the top view point, as today was clear and Sunny, we all took this walk, and were afforded the most spectacular views of the mountains all around, and also down to Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Wilderswill and Grindlewald, we also had a fantastic view of the North Face of the Eiger.
 
Following lunch at MANLICHEN we then took the walk from MANLICHEN to Kliene Schiedeg, approx 2 hour walk.
Then train from Kliene Schiedeg back down to LAUTERBRUNNEN.
Arrival in Lauterbrunnen around 6.15pm quick beer and shower then down for dinner at 7.30pm.
 
Once again Mark and Ursula excelled with the evening meal.
Tonight it was decided to be in bed by 10pm, we had an early start the following morning.
 
SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2007.
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THE CHALLENGE.
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Up at 5.15am for breakfast at 6am, still very dark outside, but not too cold.
 
Following breakfast we eventually left the hotel at 6.45am, quite light by now, and still not too cold.
the walk, (Challenge) starts directly from the HOTEL OBERLAND, as soon as we leave the hotel, we start our very steep ascent, 1st along a road, and then up through the forest, although quite warm, the cloud was very low, so no views were afforded of the mountains.
As the morning wore on the sun gradually started to "Burn" off the clouds, making it quite a warm sunny morning around 8am.
 
After a couple of hours walking, we reached the rail track, this is the only flat part of the walk, we follow the rail track for about 20minutes into the wonderful Mountain village of MURREN.
 
Following a wonderful cup of hot chocolate at the Edelweiss hotel, we then walked through MURREN to the local COOP, energy bars and water were purchased here.
 
Around 10am we then started our final "Climb" from MURREN to the top of the SCHILTORN.
 
After leaving MURREN, the walk takes us through open Meadows, with todays weather we had fantastic views of the EIGER, MONCH and JUNGERFRAU ranges, along with other snowcapped mountains all around.
Around 11am we reached our next short break, a wonderful montain side "Cafe’".
 
Here you can get the most wonderful Milkshakes, along with fantastic Cheese and Ham on toast.
 
After a 20 minute stop-over, we then began our "Impossible" climb upto the next break, the wonderful LAKE Below and between the SCHILTORN and BIRG Cable car stations, the walk upto the Lake is probally the most difficult part of the walk, but, because of the weather, also the most spectacular, after about 2 hours walking, we came across our 1st bit of snow, this was left over from an unsually early fall of snow, the previous week.
carefully picking our way across boulders etc, we arrived at the lake about 2pm, a good 2.5 hour hike.
Whilst sitting down for lunch at the Lake, we noticed that quite a lot of cloud was starting to build up from MURREN, and coming towards us, also the Temprature was starting to drop, at this altitude, a bit of cloud cover makes a huge impact on the air temperature.
We decided to start walking again around 2.20pm.
After about 20 minutes, we could see our "Target" the SCHILTORN, still quite a way above us, again as we started our final ascent to the summit, cloud was beginning to build around the summit of the SCHILTORN, at times the building on top, (The Revolving Restaurant) completly disappeared.
By 3pm we were well into the snow line, making the path quite slippery in places.
The final ascent to the SCHILTORN involves a trek across a quite narrow ridge, although there was no snow on this ridge, it does still require considerable care to cross, albeit the Swiss have provided a steel rope for some support, however the narrow ledge before the ridge was still covered in a quite  sunbstantial amount of snow and ice, again great care was required crossing this part of the ascent.
 
Safely across the Ridge, the summit is within touching distance, although the final few metres of ascent, probally due to altitude and Fatigue, does appear to be quite difficult, however at 4.15pm we reached the Summit of the SCHILTORN.
 
Time for a few photo’s etc, and then catch the cable car and bus back to the HOTEL OBERLAND in LAUTERBRUNNEN Valley.
 
After arriving back at the hotel at approx 6.30pm, a few beers were sunk in celebration of our acheivment.
 
Dinner this evening was again livng upto the high expectations, with a fantstic STEAK meal, after the days exercertions this meal was most welcome, along with customary  bottle of DOLE’ the local Swiss Red wine.
 
SUNDAY 9th September.
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Warm down day.
 
Following breakfast a leisurely stroll was taken along the Valley, to the TRUMMELLBACH Waterfalls, anyone visiting the LAUTERBRUNNEN Valley must try to get a visit in to these Falls before they leave.
Quite breathtaking amount of water falling through approx 8 different shutes.
 
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Just beyond the southern end of Lauterbrunnen village, the delicate Staubbach falls – at nearly 300m, the highest in Switzerland – gush out of a sheer cliff, like a lacy decoration on the rugged precipice. It’s a scenic half-hour walk, or an hourly postbus, 3km up the valley to the Trümmelbach falls (daily: July & Aug 8am–6pm; Sept–June 9am–5pm; Fr.10). These impressively thunderous waterfalls – the runoff from the high mountains – have carved corkscrew channels through the valley walls: a stepped catwalk leads you over and around the enclosed, boiling cauldrons of rushing water (up to 20,000 litres a second), which throw up plenty of spray and have gradually eroded the rock into weird and wonderful shapes. From the top, trails from Mettlenalp connect to paths leading to Wengen and Wengernalp.

 

http://uk.search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv8-msgr&p=Staubbach%20falls

http://myswitzerland.igougo.com/planning/journalEntryActivity.asp?journalID=34395&entryID=38598&n=Tr%FCmmelbach+Falls

 

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE ABOVE FOR FULL DETAILS OF WATERFALLS ETC IN THE LAUTERBRUNNEN AREA.

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Coffee and Cake at the Cafe’ then a stroll back along the valley to the HOTEL OBERLAND, via a stop off, for a short walk up the mountainside to walk behind the STUBBACHE water fall, the path behind this waterfall only re-opened last June, 2006. and again is well worth a visit if in the area.
 
Following our goodbyes to Mark, Ursula and all the crew at the OBERLAND it was time to catch our train for the journey back to Basel Euro airport.
3.20pm train from LAUTERBRUNNEN to INTERLAKEN, change here for the 3.56pm Train to BASLE, via THUN and BERN.
 
We arrived in Basle approx 6pm, Has check in at the airport was not until 8pm, we decided to put our luggage in the left luggage hold, and have a walk round BASLE.
Found an interesting street, full of eating holes, had a wonderful Sweet and sour pork meal whilst sitting on the pavement tables enjoying the world go by.
Then took a walk down to river, where we came across a small music / food festival, some good music, jazz and Afrikan music being played, stayed here for a while to soak up the atmosphere, alomost forgot the time, and then had a bit of  rush to fetch our luggage in time for bus journey back from the station to the airport, checked in with 10 minutes to spare.
Need not have worried too much though the EASYJET flight was then delayed for 45 minutes.
 
Arriving back in Northampton around 12.45am.
 
All in all another very succesful SWISS CHARITY CHALLENGE.
 
IF THE ABOVE APPEALS TO YOU, PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THAT THIS IS AN ANNUAL EVENT, NEXT YEAR HOTEL ROOMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PRE-BOOKED FOR SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER TILL TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER. WITH THE ACTUAL SCHILTORN WALK TAKING PLACE ON MONDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER.
 
PLEASE DO E-MAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN APPLICATION FORM, OR FURTHER INFORMATION.
 
 
Please copy and paste the link below into your browser  for details of the LAUTERBRUNNEN area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LAUTERBRUNNEN SWITZERLAND

WITH THANKS TO THE "ROUGH GUIDE TO SWITZERLAND" BOOK 
 
 

South of Bern and Luzern lies the grand Alpine heart of Switzerland, a massively impressive region of classic Swiss scenery – high peaks, sheer valleys and cool lakes – that makes for great hiking and gentle walking, not to mention world-class winter sports. The BERNESE OBERLAND is the most accessible and touristed area, and also the most spectacular, best known for a grand triple-peaked ridge of Alpine giants at its core – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, cresting 4000m. However, the Oberland takes in a vast tract of territory, and the approaches to the high mountains have their own, less daunting pleasures: the twin lakes of the Thunersee (with the atmospheric old town of Thun at its head) and the Brienzersee (with Brienz) offer Alpine horizons and beauty enough to merit a stop of their own. Between the two, the bustling town of Interlaken is the main transport hub for the region, but the sheer volume of tourist traffic passing through can make it a less than restful place to stay. Coming from the big cities, many people aim for Interlaken as a supposed necessary stop, but it truthfully has little to offer beyond dozens of hotels and a handful of souvenir shops, and you’d do better to head straight for the mountains.

On a visit to the region, and stunned by the natural drama all around, the composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote: “Anyone who has not seen the scenery which surrounds Interlaken does not know Switzerland.” Once you’ve seen it, you’ll know what he means. Arguably the single most captivating place in the entire Alps lies just a short way south of Interlaken – the gorgeous Lauterbrunnen valley, with the resorts of Wengen and Mürren perched on plateaux above providing excellent winter skiing and summer hiking. Grindelwald is another bustling resort in its own valley slightly to the east. Both offer access to one of Switzerland’s top excursions, the amazing rack-railway journey winding up through spectacular mountain scenery to the snow- and ice-bound Jungfraujoch, a windswept col nestling at 3454m just below the peak of the Jungfrau itself, and the site of the highest train station in Europe. Further west, the Oberland rolls on and on through little-visited wooded valleys and pastureland, out to the borders of the German-speaking area, where sits probably the most famous name in the region: Gstaad.

Tourist offices, centred in Interlaken but scattered throughout virtually every town, control the Oberland’s thousands of chalets and private rooms, most of which, at higher altitudes anyway, close along with hotels and many resort shops and services in the quiet “between-seasons” of April–May and October–November. The flipside of this is that hoteliers and many chalet owners concoct high-season prices, generally applicable in late December and throughout February, which can be much higher than the rest of the year. Tourist offices can also provide details of the region’s numerous mountain huts (generally open June–Sept), which offer hikers or ski trekkers a bed and simple comforts in the wilds of nature. The co-ordinating Bernese Oberland tourist office has administrative offices at Jungfraustrasse 38, CH-3800 Interlaken (033/823 03 03, www.berneroberland.com & www.berneroberland-hotels.ch).

It’s hard to overstate just how stunning the LAUTERBRUNNEN VALLEY is – even hardened Alpinists shrug their shoulders and call it the most beautiful valley in Europe, bar none. An immense U-shaped valley (the world’s deepest) with bluffs on either side rising 1000m sheer, doused by some 72 waterfalls, it is utterly spectacular. Staying in Interlaken or Grindelwald comes a very poor second to basing yourself in or above Lauterbrunnen for your time in the Oberland. However long you stay, two hours or two weeks, you won’t want to leave.

Lauterbrunnen village itself lies on the valley floor, while the slopes above nurture two of Switzerland’s most appealing little resorts. Mürren to the west is the transfer point for the dramatic cable-car ride up to the Schilthorn peak, while Wengen to the east is a stop on the train line up to Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. Both of them are car-free, perched on narrow shelves of pasture way above the world below, and both offer some of the best hiking and skiing to be had in the Alps.

The road south from Interlaken shadows the train tracks and the Lütschine river through Wilderswil and on into the deep countryside. Cliffs close in either side as you reach Zweilütschinen: the Schwarze Lütschine tumbles in from Grindelwald further east, while the road and railway continue south alongside the rushing Weisse Lütschine (named “white” for its foaminess) through a charming wooded gorge. At the point where the valley opens up, airily broad, sunlit and impossibly picturesque, you enter the busy little village of LAUTERBRUNNEN. The train station here is the junction point for journeys up to Wengen and on up to the Jungfraujoch.

The wealth of opportunity for sightseeing and exploring around and about is virtually limitless. At the entrance to the village is a funicular cresting the west wall of the valley: this serves Grütschalp, from where a cliff-edge train – one of the most scenic rides in Switzerland – trundles its way to Mürren. You might, however, prefer to follow the steep path up to Grütschalp (rising 690m in 2hr), to take advantage of the panoramic stroll alongside the tracks to Mürren (1hr 10min).

Just before Lauterbrunnen, precipitous roads and footpaths wind up west to Isenfluh, an isolated little hamlet on a tiny patch of green alp, from where little-trod hiking trails fan out and a cable-car rises to the Sulwald alp, at the foot of the distinctively jagged Lobhörner crag (2566m).

Just beyond the southern end of Lauterbrunnen village, the delicate Staubbach falls – at nearly 300m, the highest in Switzerland – gush out of a sheer cliff, like a lacy decoration on the rugged precipice. It’s a scenic half-hour walk, or an hourly postbus, 3km up the valley to the Trümmelbach falls (daily: July & Aug 8am–6pm; Sept–June 9am–5pm; Fr.10). These impressively thunderous waterfalls – the runoff from the high mountains – have carved corkscrew channels through the valley walls: a stepped catwalk leads you over and around the enclosed, boiling cauldrons of rushing water (up to 20,000 litres a second), which throw up plenty of spray and have gradually eroded the rock into weird and wonderful shapes. From the top, trails from Mettlenalp connect to paths leading to Wengen and Wengernalp.

Practicalities
Lauterbrunnen’s train station is at the northernmost end of the village, directly opposite the Mürrenbahn station. A 200m walk up into the village brings you to the tourist office on the main street (Mon–Fri 8am–noon & 2–6pm; July & Aug also Sat & Sun 8am–3pm; 033/855 19 55, www.lauterbrunnen.ch).

Lots of places offer dorm accommodation. If you go behind the station, cross the river on a tiny bridge and turn right, you’ll come to Matratzenlager Stocki (033/855 17 54; Fr.13) with good dorms in a converted farmhouse and kitchen use. A little before the tourist office and down by the tracks is cosy Valley Hostel (Tél. & fax 033/855 20 08; Fr.20), most rooms with a balcony. There are two campsites, both at the southern end of the village: Jungfrau (033/856 20 10) is on the west bank, while quieter Schützenbach (033/855 12 68) is on the other side, alongside the road to Stechelberg – both also have dorms (Fr.15–20) and rooms (a). Among the hotels are jovial, backpacker-ish Horner (033/855 16 73, fax 855 46 07; a), just beyond the tourist office, whose staff may slash rates to Fr.10 per person for post-9pm check-in if they have space. Beside the station is the Bahnhof (033/855 17 23, fax 855 18 47; b), with cosy, uncomplicated rooms and cooking to match. Silberhorn (033/855 14 71, fax 855 42 13; b–c) is up off the main drag but only a minute from the station, with pristinely quiet rooms – slightly pricier ones with a view. Eating and drinking are best done in the various hotels along the main street: the Horner has bargain pizza/pasta meals for under Fr.13, while the hotel Oberland (Mark and Ursula your hosts) (http://www.hoteloberland.ch/mainframe_e.htm)  and Schützen, either side of the tourist office, are solid places for solid fare, both also specializing in afternoon tea with fresh apple strudel. The Horner has Internet access (Fr.12/hr).

Since both Wengen and Mürren are car-free, Lauterbrunnen has built for itself a huge multistorey car park directly behind the train station at the northernmost edge of the village – horrendous though that sounds, the community knows the value of its views, and has ensured both that the car park doesn’t disturb the eye, and that it filters most of the traffic away from the village centre. Parking for a 24-hour day costs Fr.9 (July to mid-Sept), Fr.11/15 (mid-Dec to mid-April weekdays/weekends) and Fr.7 at other times; eight-day equivalents are Fr.59, Fr.76 and Fr.56. Two other small open-air parking areas within the village cost Fr.5–7 per day. Stechelberg has another large parking area at the foot of the Schilthornbahn cable-car (Fr.5/day, Fr.21/week).

Switzerland’s most popular (and expensive) mountain railway excursion is unmissable. Trains trundle through lush countryside south from Interlaken before coiling spectacularly up across either Wengen or Grindlewald’s mountain pastures, breaking the treeline at Kleine Scheidegg and tunnelling clean through the Eiger to emerge at the JUNGFRAUJOCH, an icy, windswept col at 3454m, just beneath the Jungfrau summit. It’s the site of the highest train station in Europe, and offers an unforgettable experience of the mountains. You’d be missing out if you decided against shelling out the exorbitant sums necessary to reach the place.

However, good weather is essential – if there’s a hint of cloud you’d be wasting your time heading up. Check the pictures from the summit, broadcast live on cable TV throughout the region, for an idea of the weather conditions, call the Jungfraujoch weather line (033/828 79 31) or ask your hotel or nearest tourist office for the latest forecasts. Remember, too, that it takes two and a half hours to reach the summit from Interlaken, and weather conditions can change rapidly. Coy though it sounds, even if you plan nothing more adventurous than looking out of the summit station window you should still bring sunglasses with you: the snows never melt up here, and if the sky is blue, the sun’s glare and glitter can be painful.

There are two routes to the top. Trains head southwest from Interlaken Ost along the valley floor to Lauterbrunnen, from where you pick up the mountain line which climbs through Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg; different trains head southeast from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald, where you change for the climb, arriving at Kleine Scheidegg from the other direction. All trains terminate at Kleine Scheidegg, where you must change for the final pull to Jungfraujoch – the popular practice is to go up one way and down the other.

Currently, the adult round-trip fare to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken is a budget-crunching Fr.159 – the Jungfraubahnen Pass, and the broader Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, both pointlessly stop short at Kleine Scheidegg, requiring passholders to shell out an extra Fr.50 to reach the summit. One way to cut costs is to take advantage of the discounted Good Morning ticket (Fr.120; Eurail Fr.105; Swiss Pass Fr.94), valid if you travel up on the first train of the day (6.35am from Interlaken), and leave the summit by noon (or Nov–April: first or second train plus later departure permitted).

Walking some sections of the journey, up or down, is perfectly feasible in summer, and can also save plenty, with fares from intermediate points along the route considerably lower. The undiscounted Good Morning ticket from Grindelwald is Fr.103, from Lauterbrunnen Fr.102, from Wengen Fr.91, and from Kleine Scheidegg Fr.58. Excellent transport networks and vista-rich footpaths linking all stations mean that with judicious use of a hiking map and timetable you can see and do a great deal in a day and still get back to Interlaken, or even Bern or Zürich, by bedtime.

Stretching east of Interlaken, the Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) is much vaunted as the cleanest lake in Switzerland, beautifully set in a bowl amidst forested slopes, streams tumbling down from on high, overlooked to the south by the Faulhorn (2681m) and to the northeast by the Brienzer Rothorn (2350m), the latter served by a nostalgic old rack railway from the main town of the lake, Brienz. East of Brienz, a tortuous road crosses the Brünigpass into Canton Obwalden, heading for Luzern, while the main road scoots along the valley floor, beside the youthful Aare, to Meiringen, scene of the “death” of Sherlock Holmes and final staging post before the major trans-Alpine routes over the Grimsel and Susten passes.

 

 

 

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The RYAN KEMP 3 peaks challenge 2007.

 
 
THE RYAN KEMP 3 -PEAKS CHALLENGE 2007.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Three_Peaks_Challenge     excellent 3 peaks challenge site.
 

Well Friday 29th June eventually arrived, after the previous 6 months practice walks etc, organising, I think everybody was now just itching to get going on the Challenge itself.

As will become apparent, the weather was not all it could have been to help us all during the challenge.

 

Friday 29th June 2007. till Sunday 1st July 2007.

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Following our minibus pick up at 9.30am, it was back to various homes for people to prepare for themselves for the challenge.

 

12.45pm.  

Everybody ready on the 4 minibuses, plus our back up vehicle, just as we prepared to leave the heavens above Northampton opened up and dumped quite a substantial amount t of rain on the buses, at this point us in Bus no 1, thought we might be in for a wet weekend, as water was pouring through the roof of the minibus, just above 1 of the single seats, funnily enough nobody wanted to "Bag" this seat.

 

After about a 10 minute "Shower", the rain cleared and the sun came out to smile down on us all.

  Off we went, the 1st part of the journey which is always a little anti climax, usually stuck in traffic for a while on the M6, this did not change this year, only about a 15minute hold up on the way to Sandbach Service station, chance for Coffee, stretch legs etc.

  We left Sandbach after about 45 minutes stop over, at 15.40.

  Another couple of hours M6 driving till we reached TEBAY  Westmoreland service station at 17.45.

  A very welcome "HOT" meal was taken here; this was to be our last decent meal until after we had completed our 1st peak, The BEN.

  Leaving Tebay around 18.50, we then had another couple of hours driving, until we reached HAMILTON Service station, it was during this journey that I started to get slightly concerned about the minibuses, The minibuses that we had hired this year now have speed limiters fitted, this limits the maximum speed of the buses to 65mph, due to this we were starting to lose time slightly with our travelling, not so much because of the maximum speed, but because of the time, after slowing the vehicle down or going up hill, that the buses actually took to regain the 65 MPH.

  We eventually reached Hamilton Services at 20.55, staying for tea, coffee etc and then leaving at 21.20 for the final leg of our journey through Glasgow, (M8) to Fort William.

After the weather forecast for the previous few days we were amazed to still see the sun shining brightly right through till about 10.00pm

  It never really got dark at all due to the clear skies, absolutely fantastic weather.

  When we reached the Glen Nevis Visitors centre Car park at 12.15am, we met up with rest of the group, Elaine’s 2 cousins, plus the 11 Royal Navy Guys, Elaine’s father and other relatives had also driven up from Polmont to join us at the start of the Challenge.

  With dry weather at Fort William, there did not appear to be any of the annoying "Midges" about that we usually encounter.

  After everybody had got ready for the climb, final farewells etc, we eventually started the "CHALLENGE" at 1am.

  So off we went 46 walkers all in a line starting our 1st ascent of  Ben Nevis, "The BEN".

  After about an hours walking, it really was light enough to turn off the majority of our head torches, Venus could be seen clearly in the Sky, along with the glow of the FULL MOON, just hiding behind the mountain (Strangely enough Saturday’s full moon, was also known as a BLUE MOON, this occurrence happens approx every 3 years, when 2 Full Moons appear in the same month, the last full moon was 1st June).

  Approx 3.am we arrived at the "lake in the Mountain", this particular lake is used to supply fresh water to the Ben Nevis Distillery,

  At this point, we noticed that the sun was starting to rise in the East, quite a substantial orange glow appearing. It was here that we decided to stop for a breather and some snacks etc.

  After our snacks we continued for about 15 minutes, and then crossed the RED BURN, this is approx half way between bottom and summit.

  The next stage of the of the walk starts to become quite steep in places, with the path now Zig Zaggin it’s way to the top, every time we stopped and looked east the Sun was rising steadily higher, quite an emotional time, as I, even after several treks up Ben Nevis, had never witnessed such a beautiful sun rise on Ben Nevis, the clear skies were boding well for clear views when we reached the summit.

  After some interesting walking across the normal snow patch that covers the path close to the Summit, (Due to the clear skies the snow patch was rock hard, like walking across a skate park.

  On the summit it’self, the actual rocks were all covered in a thin layer of snow / ice, which made for a very tricky last few yards to reach the top of GREAT BRITAIN.

5.15am on the Summit of the BEN, with Fantastic views all around the Mountain, what a wonderful experience for all the 1st timers on the BEN.

Quite uncannily at 1 point, some very fine mist dropped over the summit, due to the moist air, and the strong sun, this then created quite a wonderful RAINBOW for a few seconds.

  After the Photo shoot etc, we finally started to Descend from the BEN at 5.45am in wonderful sunshine.

  Due to clearness of the day etc, the group all split up for the trek to the bottom.

Final walkers arriving at the bottom at 9.45am, still a very respectable time for the BEN during a 36-hour 3-peaks challenge.

  Breakfast at Morrisons went well, although longer than expected due to the long waiting time for the breakfasts.

 After re-fuelling at Fort William, it was time to set off for the LAKES.

Leaving Fort William at 12 noon, slightly later than anticipated, again due to the waiting time for the Breakfast.

  I think that most people suddenly found themselves very very tired, after the trek up the BEN and then full breakfasts; sleep was the order of the day.

  As we reached Loch Lomond, the weather began to change (As forecast), it was now raining, quite heavy showers between Fort William and Seathwaite.

  Following a short stop at Gretna services  ( 16.10  till 17.00) we left for the next leg of journey the 90-minute journey from Gretna to Seathwaite, via Keswick and Seatoller.

 Arriving at Seathwaite around 18.15, in the rain.

  After getting ready for the walk ahead, we started our ascent of Scafell Pike at 7pm, in a torrential downpour, which lasted for about 45minutes.

  As we were ascending to Scafell Pike we could only just make out the huge hill in front of us "GREAT END", however, looking back to Seathwaite / Seatoller, we had a fantastic view of DERWENT water, with the sun shining down, strange how the sun is always "OVER THERE".

  With climbing to GREAT END continuing the weather was starting to deteriate in front of us, with the fog starting to envelope us, by this time, 8.30pm, again due to the cloud cover, it appeared that darkness was not far behind, we were also still having quite frequent showers.

 After crossing the stream to reach GREAT END, I made the decision that we would continue to ESK HAUSE, and review the situation from there.

Because of GREAT END, we have to make a detour to the left here so as to get round Great End.

  After reaching ESK HAUSE, due to the thickness of the Fog, Night walking, Rain, and the very slippery rocks ahead around BROAD CRAG, I decided that the summit attempt should not now go ahead, at this time of the evening with visibility dropping to around zero metres, it would have been quite foolish to take a such a large group of people (46) over BROAD CRAG ETC to the summit of SCAFELL PIKE.

  Following photo’s etc, in the mist, we started our descent back down to Seathwaite.

  The descent back to Seathwaite did present a slight problem, After summiting SCAFELL PIKE we were due to descend down to Waswater, our minibuses already having left Seathwaite to meet us at Waswater, Mobile phone signals are notoriously difficult to obtain around Waswater etc.

Eventually after a call back to Northampton, and then a landline call from Northampton back to the Wasdale head pub, contact was eventually made with our drivers, who polished off their meals and promptly drove the 2-hour journey back to Seathwaite.

  AT THIS POINT I MUST SAY A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DRIVERS, PLUS THE 3 NAVY DRIVERS, WITHOUT DRIVERS THE WHOLE CHALLENGE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PLACE, WE CAN NOT PRAISE THE DRIVERS TOO MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH LADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  Following a change of clothes etc in the minibuses, we and the drivers, had an hour or so of sleep, before we left the Lakes for North Wales.

  After leaving Seathwaite at 2am, we journeyed down the M6, stopping briefly at Lancaster services for fuel etc (4.20am till 4.35am).

  The weather as we reached North Wales was not too bad, quite dry, but cloudy, then when we reached Llandudno the rain started.

  We reached Pen Y Pass car park at 7am, still on time for completion of the 3-peaks challenge within 36 hours.

  Again, as we set off the heavens opened, this torrential rain was to continue on and off, mostly on, for the next several hours.

  Due to the footpath ( The Pyg Track Route) being reasonably clear to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the group left to make their own way to the Summit and back, starting our ascent of Snowdon at 7.40am, the last group reached the summit, very wet and bedraggled, but thankful to be on the last summit at 10.30am, quick photo’s then the descent, again still very wet with quite torrential showers all the way to Pen Y pass, last group arriving for the picture call by Elaine, who also was quite wet after waiting for a couple of hours in the rain at the foot of Snowdon taking the individual photo’s of everybody has they passed the "FINISH" line.

The final group arriving at 12.45pm, 3-peaks in 36 hours completed by everybody.

  Hot tea was made available to everybody supplied by our "Back up" van drivers.

  Then of course the wine , beer etc also came out.

  In conclusion of the challenge.

 

The Start of the Challenge was BEN NEVIS, with the weather the views etc on this mountain certainly made for a very good start to the Challenge, I think due to the fabulous views on the BEN, this more than made up for the wet miserable weather on Scafell and Snowdon.

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE I WANT TO 1ST THANK ELAINE, LEE, IRENE AND ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF YOUNG RYAN FOR INVIITNG ME TO LEAD THE GROUP ON THE CHALLENGE THIS YEAR.

I did not know Ryan, but through this challenge and over the past 6 months of practice walks etc, I feel that I have learnt so much about Ryan and do now feel as though he was a friend of mine.

I FEEL SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS CHALLENGE, WITH SO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ROYAL NAVY COLLEAGUES OF RYAN TAKING PART, IT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN FOR ME, A VERY EMOTIONAL 6 MONTHS.

  THEN OF COURSE I CAN NOT EXPRESS MY THANKS TOO MUCH TO ALL THE WALKERS / DRIVERS , HELPERS ETC WHO HAVE MADE THIS CHALLENGE POSSIBLE, THIS YEAR MY CLIMB OF BEN NEVIS WAS MY 20TH, I have taken Church groups, 3 -peakers, family members and friends up over the last 12 years, but for me the actual sunrise this year made for a very special 20th time.

 MANY MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING ME TO TAKE PART WITH YOU.

 
 
 
 MICK FINCH
 
 
 
 
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