Josh Kite's 3 Peak Challenge
I did the three peaks challenge with my Mum and Dad to raise money for a Nottingham-based charity called 'Open Homes'. It is a charity that helps prevent homelessness in young people.
The challenge started with a long long drive to Scotland where we started Ben Nevis the biggest of the three climbs. We set off at 4.10 PM, it was a nice climb and felt like the easiest of the three because we had fresh legs. Before too long we started ascending into the clouds and it became damp and cold. There was lots of snow at the top and it was very windy. There was no time to stop for long but we took a quick picture and my mum patched up her blisters before we headed back down. The change in weather as we came back through the clouds was amazing, we were soon very warm again. With sore legs, we got back to the car at about 9 pm.
There was no time to rest, as soon as we got down the first mountain we were sorting out our kit and food for the next and setting off for Scafell in the Lake District. My Pops did an incredible job driving us so we could try and eat and rest in the car. It was tricky because the roads were windy and sleeping uncomfortable.
We arrived at Scafell at 2.30 AM and after finding our head torches we started climbing in the pitch black. This climb was much steeper and rocky, we had to cross a river and pull ourselves up some very steep sections. It was blowing a gale and freezing cold at the top so we didn't stick around for long, just got another quick snap. The sunrise on the way down was amazing! We got back to the car at 6.45 AM and headed to our last mountain Snowdon.
We struggled to eat in the car because the roads were so windy and we were very very tired. It was a 4 and a half-hour drive to Snowdon so we tried to get some rest. It was good to know we only had one more mountain to go, and a generous donation came in on the journey which spurred us on.
We set off up Snowdon at 11.40 feeling incredibly tired and sore. This was by far the hardest climb because we were so tired and sore. It was tough and took us to the absolute max. I had been struggling to eat and so had little energy left and felt like I couldn't complete the climb. After somehow making it to the top we had a little less than three hours to get down and complete the challenge in 24hrs. The problem was we were tired, my dad was in pain and the mountain was busy so we were often held up on tricky sections of rock. We didn't think we were going to make it, so practically ran the last few kilometers back to the car. We made it and got to the car park at 3.21 PM (almost 50 mins to spare!).
We were so happy but exhausted. Getting into bed that night felt incredible and the next morning my Nana bought me breakfast in bed. Once I had recovered a bit I felt so proud of myself that I had the determination to keep going and complete the challenge.
We raised £2350 for our charity. Thank you to everyone who donated.
By Josh Kite - Class 5MN