I’m sure you’ve all been waiting anxiously for an update on our expedition earlier this half term. With that in mind, I thought I’d answer two of the most frequent questions I have been asked.
How did you get on?
I would call our expedition a huge success. We arrived at Ben Nevis to excellent condition, bar the snow that was covering most of the mountain. It was a bit of a push, but all of us got up the mountain, which is a huge accomplishment. One of us even had ten minutes on top by himself, making him the tallest person in the UK for a very short time.
Scafell Pike went a little less according to plan. While a large group forged ahead, a smaller group at the back made the decision, based on the weather and safety concerns, to call it a day halfway up the mountain and return to the bottom. So, 8 of 12 made the summit, which I would still say is an excellent achievement.
Last on our list was Snowdon. Due to arriving later than planned in Wales, we packed our head torches and started our climb almost as soon as we arrived. Although we made great time up the mountain, it was not to be. Poor light, less visibility, and dropping temperatures forced us off the mountain. In hindsight, this was an excellent decision and one that no one has second guessed.
So, there you have it. Our Three Peaks Challenge that became a one and a half peaks challenge.
We started this challenge as a physical and mental challenge but it has become so much more. It has given us an opportunity to help give back to the school library. Our original target for fundraising was £1000. Unbelievably, we reached that inside of 6 days. So, we decided to be a little more ambitious and increase the target to £2500. Incredibly we hit that target on the last day of fundraising.
We are now beginning the process of improving the school’s library. A questionnaire has been sent to pastoral tutors to get ideas from the pupils and we are working to decide how best to use the funds now available to us.
To everyone who has donated, supported us, or followed our adventures on twitter, thank you. Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, and dedication to making Alfriston School a place where our students have to opportunity to learn and to grow. Again, thank you.
Three Peaks Team