The 3 Peaks Challenge! An Epic Adventure!

I have been wanting to do the National Three Peaks for a while. I had been all set to go and do it in April but because of bad weather it got rescheduled for May and landed right in the middle of my assessment for uni. I vowed that I would get to do it, so when Lee mentioned it I jumped at the chance…  What an adventure!

3 peaks challenge, top of snowdon, sunset!


We decided this time we would drive up to Fort William the day before and stay over the night instead of setting off straight away as shorty did last time and I was so glad of it. Travelling itself can be tiring and after spending 7 hours on a coach the last thing you want to go is climb the UK’s highest mountain!! I was also glad of the chance to see some of the area too as this was only my second time in Scotland and infact the most northerly point in the world I have ever been!

One of the thing I also liked about the idea of this challenge was being in 3 different countries in 24 hours and seeing so much of the UK, it really does feel like an adventure.

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Typical Scotland!
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Lots to see in Fort William
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All fresh faced before we knew what had hit us!
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Ben Nevis – Highest Mountain in the UK!

By far the highest of the three I was glad we got it out of the way first but it wasn’t as hard as I had been expecting.

The weather wasn’t too bad on the way up but towards the summit it did get very cold, windy and visibility was low. We lost the rest of the group for a while and had no clue where anyone else was and by this time the mountain was quiet and it was going dark!! The summit is hard to navigate  but we finally made it with the majority of the rest of the group.

The main thing I found hard about Ben Nevis was coming down, it felt like it went on forever and my knees were killing, it was pitch black and raining hard! I did feel a real sense of achievement in conquering Britain’s highest mountain and was determined to finish the task.

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Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike for me was by far the worst mountain, the drive down had been long and restless, my knees had swollen up. At 4am in the wind and rain my motivation levels were low!! We also arrived behind schedule due to: Satnav loosing signal, people being car sick, terrifying amount of sheep blocking the road!

Setting off I felt the pace straight away and started to feel very weak and shaky, I was paying the price for not eating enough and not sleeping. I never entertained giving up and after a quick stop for some energy drinks, power bars and the most essential kendal mint cake we were on our way.

We ended up taking a few de-tours and scrambling up a gulley at one point, also once you begin to approach the top it is just scree and quite hard to walk on. Again the view wasn’t up to much being in the clouds again. It finally started to get light as we were reaching the summit.

By this time the decent was just pure hell on my knees, I have never felt pain that bad!  Although the view was much nicer on the way down.

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Snowdon

I was looking forward to Snowdon seeing as it was the last mountain and also as it had been billed as the easiest of the three. We were already behind schedule after getting lost again and the weather by this time was great so we stopped off at a chippy on the way!

We decided to take the Pyg track as it took us past some amazing scenery and was quicker than the miners. I enjoyed this one, weather was great, scenery amazing and an easy walk even with broken knees! We got to the top just before sunset and enjoyed a cloud inversion as the sun went down.

I had managed to strain my ankle due to having to walk weird because of my knees and the pain coming back down in the dark was awful  it took me three weeks to be able to walk without pain again!!

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Holding my legs together!!
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In the end there were 4 of us who completed all 3 mountains: Me, Shorty, Chris Hayton and Rachel. This was also Shorty’s second completion of the challenge in one year!!

I am sore, in pain and tired but I am so happy I managed to do this and prove to myself how determined I am, I didn’t train as much as I should and I underestimated by damaged knees but I am proud of myself and grateful to those who made it happen. We managed to raise money for a great cause too which make it even better.

I look forward to more challenges and more mountains, but maybe I’ll rest a little first!

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.