How do mountains see?… they peak!
Jokes aside, B2 staff will be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK The challenge involves climbing the three tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon. Blimey, we’d better start warming up!
All in all, we will be climbing around 10,000 feet and walking 26 miles, so wish us luck as we get our climbing boots and rucksacks ready. *Fun fact alert* Ben Nevis is covered in snow for 7 months of the year!
“After the hardest climbs, come the greatest views”, we’ll keep you updated with plenty of cool pics, just follow our twitter here. They all have their cameras at the ready!
Why are mountains so funny?… Because they are hill areas!
But seriously, we are proud to be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge on behalf of Cancer Research UK, a really worthwhile charity.
B2 will be tackling mud, rain and snow along the way but hopefully some sunshine too! Did you know that Snowdon is where Edmund Hillary trained for his Mount Everest expedition in 1953? Wow! Snowdon is also one of the world’s oldest mountains, at around 400 million years old and is formed from volcanoes.
We’d better get our thermals ready as we’ll be braving the cold. At the top of Ben Nevis (the highest peak) it will be around -3! Brrrrrrr. Around 100,000 people climb Ben Nevis every year and it is popular for those practising ice climbing.
Scafell Pike may be slightly less known than its taller cousins but that doesn’t make it any less grand. At around 978 metres above sea level, the views from the top have inspired famous writers and poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, so we know the views are going to be pretty breathtaking!
Scafell Pike is also rumoured to be haunted by a local folk hero – a quarryman known as Moses Rigg, who smuggled illegal distilled whiskey to sell on his travels. There is an area known as ‘Smugglers Retreat’ which is supposedly the site of one of his stills. We wonder if anyone from B2 will sneak a hip flask into their rucksack!
There will be some tough terrain ahead, so we’ll pack our rucksacks with plenty of plasters, spare socks and first aid kits. Around 30,000 people take on the challenge each year, so we will be in safe hands with experienced mountain guides. Each mountain takes around 5 hours to complete, but in 1971 British fell runner, Joss Naylor MBE completed the challenge in under 11 hours 54 minutes.
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