The Heights to Success
Posted 20/09/2013 by BrightHouse Team
Last weekend, three of our intrepid BrightHouse colleagues took on wind, rain and extreme fatigue to undertake the Three Peaks Challenge – a punishing attempt to scale the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in 30 hours. They were ably supported by Andrew Parker, their designated driver.
Their challenge commenced with the first of the three peaks, Scotland’s Ben Nevis which is the highest peak at 1344 metres. Chris Hunter and Stuart Hay were feeling confident as experienced climbers, but for Andy Smith, it was a new experience and challenge to be met.
With bad weather conditions and poor visibility, disaster struck when Chris damaged his ankle while descending Ben Nevis. Undeterred, Chris valiantly attempted to take on Scafell, England’s highest peak. Unfortunately the injury proved too severe and he was forced to turn back, leaving Stuart and Andy to carry on through.
Scafell proved by far the toughest of the three peaks for the remaining two climbers, with torrential rain and winds of 70-100mph! At one point the winds physically lifted Stuart off the ground and dropping him back down, several feet away. Fortunately there was no serious damage and the courageous pair were able to power on – although their waterproofs offered little protection under such intense conditions.
By the time they reached the third and final peak – Mount Snowdon in Wales – the visitor centre was advising that the climb was a “no-go” due to the extreme weather. Although many other teams did choose to turn back, Andy and Stuart were determined to see it through to the end – partly because of the many kind donations they’d received, and partly because of good old fashioned competitive spirit!
Snowdon proved to be a beautiful – although very wet and windy – climb. After four miles they came across a beautiful waterfall. Concerned that they had strayed from the path, they subsequently realised that the waterfall was the path! The last few miles involved a steep and rocky climb, but they managed to reach the summit, with a huge feeling of elation – until they realised they had to get back down again!
With all the obstacles they faced, Andy and Stuart clocked in with a very impressive time of 27 hours, heading home for a well-deserved soak to sooth their shattered bodies and exhausted muscles. There were aches and pains all-round the next day, but the boys are deservedly proud of their achievement.
Chris is determined to reach full recovery of his ankle and continue preparing for his next challenge with Stuart, the Kilimanjaro in February 2014. Andy is already planning ahead and determined to beat their time next year!
Thanks to everyone who supported our climbing trio during this challenge – especially Samsung who contributed towards the cost of their equipment!
So, what are the guys planning next? A North London Cycle Challenge and then onto Kilimanjaro in February 2014! We know you'll join us in wishing them the best of luck.