Peaks & Pennines Challenge ~ 12-14/8/2005

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Peaks & Pennines Challenge ~ 12-14/8/2005

Postby Mutleyman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:58 pm

For those not in the know, the Three Peaks Challenge (as it is usually known, but changed by us for obvious reasons) usually entails driving to, and conquering, the highest peaks in each of England, Scotland and Wales within just 24 hours.

However?..to make it a slightly more enjoyable experience we have decided to extend the challenge to three days, driving across to Snowdon on the Friday morning then on up to the Lake District in the afternoon. An early climb up Scafell Pike on Saturday morning followed by a leisurely drive up to Fort William followed by another early start up Ben Nevis on Sunday morning. We will round the trip off with a long drive back down to Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon.

By the time we?ve finished we will have driven and walked over 1,000 miles, but it?s all in a good cause as we?re doing this in aid of The National Autistic Society on account of the fact that Steve?s eldest son Jonathan (7) was recently diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (a form of Autism).

The diagram (to be posted shortly) gives a bird?s eye view of the planned route (starting at 1 on Friday morning and ending at 13 on Sunday evening):
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Postby Si » Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:11 am

Associated Word document can be downloaded by following the link below. It's 168Kb in size ......

http://www.mx5scotland.co.uk/docs/other/200508_3_peaks_penines.doc

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Postby DouglasH » Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:55 pm

I have made arrangements to meet the guys on Saturday and escort them up to Luss, possibly further... anyone else interested in meeting at Luss, maybe even consider a stopover at Fort William.
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Postby JML » Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:36 pm

Douglas, I'm in for this, including a Sat night stopover in Fort William. 8)
Could meet up at Luss or around the Erskine Bridge :?:

I might be able to get a recommendation for a B&B - I'll ask around.

Anyone else fancy a trip to midgie land ? :shock:
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Postby DouglasH » Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:54 pm

Thanks Jim, yes definitely staying overnight in Ft william, anyone else up for this...lets show these guys some good Scottish hospitality.
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Postby Mak » Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:58 pm

Count us in as well and the overnight in Fort William :D

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Postby DouglasH » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:58 am

Wow...was that a good weekend, although the 3 cars from Peaks & Pennines area were running 2-3 hours behind schedule, we finally got to Fort William at 8.00pm after a most exhilarating drive through a stunning Glencoe. Jim and Dave & Caroline waited a whille at Luss enjoying the sun but when it was clear that we would not be at Loch Lomond for a good few hours they carried on up to the hotel at Fort William. We all met up with Steve, Brian, Kevin, Nick & Julie for Dinner and a few beers before the early rise climbers retired to their hotel, of course we carried on with a few refreshments at ours.
A relaxed breakfast and a few miles later we were at the Ben Nevis visitor centre where we were to meet the walkers at 11.00, Richard drove up from Callander to join us and we were on the road again for about 1pm, a few hold ups on the return leg and a quick bite to eat at Lochearnhead before saying goodbye to the Three Peaks team.
My thanks to those Scottish members for extending a warm welcome to our visitors and new friends.

Saturday Night at Ardlui, Loch Lomond
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Glencoe roadworks
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Ben Nevis Pub
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Waiting at Ben Nevis visitor centre
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Glencoe
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Glencoe hold up
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Lochearnhead snackbar
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Steve's slightly chromed cockpit
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Postby sfarrand » Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:22 pm

A bit late (been on a well earned vacation) but just wanted to offer a massive thanks to you guys on behalf of the Peaks & Pennines team for your wonderful hospitality. The challenge would not have been the same without you guys. We owe you one! Warm personal regards, Steve

PS: Pictorial evidence of successful challenge to follow shortly.....

In the meantime, here's me at Goodwood last Friday putting the turbo through it's paces.....

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Postby DouglasH » Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:48 am

Three Peaks Challenge Report (and proof they did climb those hills)
http://pp.mx5oc.co.uk/threepeaks.htm
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