The Three Peaks have been conquered by Alice Dunn
Eight of us from Birmingham set off on Saturday morning, 24 July 2010, lycra-clad and raring to go, with playlists of mountain-related songs on our ipods to get us in the mood for the long journey up to Nevis. Unfortunately the traffic was appalling, and we arrived for a 6.30pm start, 2 hours later that we should have done. We set off at a pretty fast rate, and managed to get to the top in just over 2 ½ hours, but as the light fell pretty rapidly, climbing back down again in the pitch black with only 4 head torches between us, although fairly amusing, did mean that it took just as long to get down as it did up!
We set off up Scafell about 6am – not the way most of us were used to starting a Sunday morning! Although it is an extremely steep, relentless slog, the clouds cleared for about 2 minutes, just as we got the top, and the views over the Lakes were absolutely stunning. Got photo number 2, and headed back down. Two down, one to go!
Worried we would all be exhausted, far too many jelly babies and other quick-release energy snacks were consumed on the journey to Wales, and as a result, weall set off up Snowdon on complete sugar highs – probably a good thing, as setting off up the mountain as everyone else descends is a pretty depressing sight! However, a couple of hours later, all 8 of us were at the summit, sadly with a view no more than an arm’s length, but feeling extremely proud of ourselves, knowing that we’d each managed to raise so much for our various charities.
Walking the next couple of days was interesting, and I got offered a wheelchair in hospital on the Monday morning by a nurse, thinking I was there as a patient, not a med student. I took her up on her offer! It was a tough, but great fun weekend, and definitely something I’d do again. All the better knowing a great amount of money had been raised for the Myles Robinson Memorial Trust. Thanks to everyone who supported us.
Editor’s note Alice is 4th from the left in the ‘start’ photo below. Many thanks to her supporters as she has raised in excess of £600 for the MRMT.