The Clickers Are Set to Take on The Three Peaks Challenge This Weekend!
- September 20, 2017
- Posted by: Jamie Baker
- Category: Charitable Work
Ten brave Clickers are gearing up to take on the arduous Three Peaks Challenge this weekend! Two drivers and eight climbers will work together to complete the popular challenge as part of Click Dealer’s ongoing charity fundraising drive in aid of Leighton Hospital’s Ward 17.
The challenge will involve climbing the three highest peaks in the UK inside 24 hours: Scotland’s Ben Nevis, 4,409ft, England’s Scafell Pike, 3,209ft and Wales’ Snowdon, 3,560ft. This is sure to push the team to its limits and is not an adventure for the faint hearted with a total ascent of 9,800ft across the three mountains!
With the challenge now only days away, we’ve compiled some fun facts about each of the colossal summits to help prepare our climbers and also to encourage our friends, family and clients to dig deep and donate to a cause that is really close to the hearts of all at the company!
Three Peaks Challenge Facts
- Ben Nevis is the tallest of the three mountains, standing at a whopping 4,409ft, Snowdon is second at 3,560ftand Scafell Pike stands at 3,209ft.
- The total ascent of the Three Peaks Challenge equates to approximately 9,800ft.
- The record for the quickest time to complete the Three Peaks Challenge is 11 hours 54 minutes, set in 1971 by Joss Naylor, and there has been fell running teams who have completed it in under 15 hours regularly.
- The team of walkers will spend approximately 10 hours in the bus travelling between peaks.
- Each mountain should take approximately five hours to climb, depending on fitness levels and weather conditions.
- 30,000 people take on this challenge each year.
Ben Nevis Facts
- 100,000 people climb the highest mountain in the British Isles each year.
- It is a good mountain to practice ice climbing
- The earliest recorded ascent of this mountain was in 1771 by James Robertson.
- Henry Alexander drove a Ford Model T up this mountain to prove how rugged the car was.
- The mountain peak is formed from the collapsed dome of a volcano and did house an observatory, although it is only ruins left.
Scafell Pike Facts
- This mountainous region was originally called ‘The Pikes of Sca Fell’, but a mistake on a ordnance survey map called the highest peak ‘Scafell Pike’.
- Famous poet, William Wordsworth has written about Scafell Pike, although it is unclear if he climbed it. It is thought his published work about the mountain was actually written by his sister Dorothy, who did climb it.
- When climbing this mountain keep an eye out for the Herdwick sheep.
- Scafell Pike may have some stunning views, but it is rumoured to be haunted too. There is a section of the mountain known as Moses Trod; he was a quarryman by day and a smuggler by night. He is supposedly still seen on the mountain along with other outlaws and riderless horses.
- This is probably one of the busiest mountains in Britain, with about 500,000 climbing each year.
- Snowdon is formed from volcanoes that were live in the Ordovician period.
- It has a visitor centre, which has refreshments, called Hafod Eryri. The first café on Snowdon was established in the 1820’s. If you are feeling lazy, you can get a train up to it.
- Snowdon is one of the world’s oldest mountains – about 400 million years old; however the ice age reduced its height and size through erosion.
It’s one hell of a challenge to complete but with the iron will and determination of our Clickers, anything is possible! All involved (climbers and drivers) deserve a huge pat on the back for their bravery, selflessness, time and effort, you’re all doing the company proud! Good luck guys, we’re all behind you!
To sponsor our brave Clickers on their courageous climbing pursuit and help us raise more money for Leighton Hospital’s Ward 17, you can donate by visiting the following link: http://bit.ly/2xmbHck.