Storm to the Peak
So, the team at Midshire Telecom have decided to take on a challenge that will test their limits, abilities and team-work in order to defeat the ultimate task they have ever been set.
The 24 hour 3 peak challenge
6 troops will attempt to reach the summit of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and the ultimate Ben Nevis. Maximum climbing times are generally suggested as being around 4 hours for Snowdon and 5 hours for Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike. It certainly not a gentle walk in the park, and when three climbs are required within 24 hours the Challenge becomes more difficult, draining your energy and depriving you of sleep.
Snowdon – 3560 feet / 1085 metres (The highest mountain in Wales)
The summit – quite rightly – a popular gaol with extending across half of Wales and far as the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland on very clear days – or more normally between 10 and 20 metres into the mist surrounding the peak. Here the high peaks of Snowden are tempered by the soft valley greens and swathes of coniferous forest.
Each year 350,000 people reach the summit, some on foot some by train. The summit has 200 inches (508cm) of rain per year, and can reach temperatures of 30 centigrade in high summers, and plummet to 20 centigrade in the winter.
Scafell Pike – 3,208 feet / 978 metres
The mountain is one huge pile of boulders set amidst the volcanic belt of the southern Cumbrian Mountains and this surviving reminder of the mountain’s turbulent past provides the roughest walking on this challenge. The summit plateau of Scafell Pike, and the other neighbouring peaks, is covered with shattered rock debris which provides the highest altitude example of a summit boulder field in England. The boulder field is thought to have been caused in part of weathering, such as frost action and possibly earth movement caused by earthquakes.
Ben Nevis (1,344 Metres – 4,408 Feet)
Standing at 1,344 meters high (or 4,408 feet) Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, and as such is the major challenge for any UK climber or walker. For the novice or non serious walker, once this peak has been achieved you can sit back and hang up your walking boots knowing that you have beaten the ultimate walk (as far as height is concerned, anyway). Ben Nevis, translated from the Gaelic means ‘Mountain of Heaven’. The first recorded ascent was in 1771, and in 1883 the footpath and observatory were built all thanks to Clement Linley Wragge, nicknamed Inclement Wragge.
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