West Highland Three Peaks ChallengeWith an aim of raising money for The Co-operative's Charity of the Year, the RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf people), I had the rather mad idea of climbing three mountains in 24hours. The area covered by our group of stores encompasses Lochaber, the Isle of Skye and Barra and the Uists, so naturally I looked for the highest peaks from these three areas:
After a little over three hours in bed, we were up again, showering and heading out into the cold night air. Another rapid drive south and we were deposited in the pitch black at the end of the Loch Eynort Road, with only the vaguest sense of what the surrounding landscape looked like. Nevertheless, with torches in hands we set off.
|It took about two hours to reach the summit, and as we did so the first rays of sunlight started to light up the sky to the east. However, with the cloud rolling in and out and a tight schedule to keep, we decided to head back. It was then, as the cloud parted for the final time that we saw the landscape that we had trudged laboriously across (right). In the cold light of that early dawn, it was a beautiful view, the lochans sparkling as the breeze gently played with the surface and the hills beyond turning red as the sun rose. But we had no time to sit down and enjoy the view, as we had a ferry to catch.|
|As we entered Fort William, the weather looked promising, and soon we were setting off up the mountain, passing the last few stragglers as they came down. It was a rather odd experience, and we recieved many 'funny looks', but we were determined to succeed and so kept on fighting the pain to climb ever higher up The Ben. Above us, we could see the cloud looming menacingly around the summit, but we kept going, hopeful that it would clear.|
All in all, between the four of us, we raised over £1200 for the RNID. Thankyou to all those who sponsored us.