- Our School
On the 26th May 38 students, staff and parents travelled up to Fort William, Scotland to get ready for the enormous challenge
of the three tallest mountains in three different countries in 24 hours!
Saturday 7:20am the five teams set off at the foot of Ben Nevis; after two hours forty minutes the first team reached the summit. During the five and half mile ascent we were faced with beautiful sunshine, snow and strong winds as we reached the summit. We were given five and half hours to complete the ascent and descent; all of the teams were back well within the time and you could sense the mood change from this huge daunting challenge; 'we didn’t know if we could achieve' to one of 'we can do this!'.
From Ben Nevis we headed off to Scarfell Pike, Lake District. This mountain is the smallest of the three however it is more technical firstly because of the terrain and secondly because the majority of our walk was during the night so we had to rely on our head torches and team work to ensure everyone’s descent was safe and as speedy as possible. As we reached the summit; there was a brief celebration that we had reached the half way point unfortunately it was met with heavy rain for the rest of the night.
The long journey from Scarfell to Snowdon was a chance to rehydrate fuel and get some much needed sleep.
Early Sunday morning at the start of the Pyg track, Snowdon; there was a sense of excitement, pressure and relief that we had all made it this far and we had a maximum of four hours to reach the summit and descend back to penny pass to stop the clock.
After one last time check for each team; we set off on the final mountain. The teams were moving at quite a pace, one of the mountain leaders said “I should have worn my trail trainers if I knew we were going to be moving at this rate”!
All the teams reached the summit within two minutes of each other and more importantly it was all within the two hour point. At this point the challenge became more about which team could get down first than would we all make it.
Some of the teams split off on to the miners track to get an opportunity to run the last few miles and get off the mountain quickly. Watching the clock and stealing photo opportunities, everyone dug deep and all completed within the allowed four hours.
Instantly the teams realized we had not only achieved the three peaks within the 14 hours on the mountain, but we had worked together to ensure everyone completed the challenge; for students aged 14 and 15 this is no mean feat.
To top the challenge off; we have since found out we have broken three national records! The youngest school team to complete the modern day three peaks within 24 hours, the largest school team to start and all successfully complete the challenge and finally the fastest school team.
The records are amazing and the icing on the cake for the students, however the reason I organise these challenges is because of the experience it provides for our school community. Our students prove they can commit, work hard and find mental strength they never knew they had! I am always blown away by the students, staff and parents on my challenges because the positivity and support for each other results in a fantastic and successful experience!
The first question I was asked when we sat down on the coach to come home was: what are we doing next Miss? I replied swim the channel …