Scafell Pike Training Run

Damo, Kev & Mike set off for the Lake District on Sunday night in order to attempt Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. The boys stayed overnight in a youth hostel in Elterwater and set their alarm for 5:30am!

What they hadn’t initially realised was that, although the start of Scafell Pike was just a few miles away, they had to drive round one of the great lakes to get there, so they didn’t actually start their ascent until 07:19am! A minor setback, but nothing to put them off.

The climb went really well, but was a lot tougher than last months climb of Snowdon. By comparison, the straigh-forward path of Snowdon was a stroll in the park! Scafell Pike is considered to be the hardest of the 3 peaks and certainly lived up to its reputation. This was definitely a “climb” involving scrambling over boulders and rocks, with several sheer drops of several hundred feet before reaching the summit in a time of 3:43hrs.

The descent was a lot easier, but still tough and (unlike Snowdon) the boys weren’t able to run all the way down. However, Kev & Mike finished in a very respectable time of 4:30hrs and Damo finished in under 5 hours. A great achievement if you add in the factor that Damo was designated driver for the trip!

The boys then drove 4 hours from the Lake District to Snowdonia, ready to attempt Snowdon. But, the traffic was against them and they arrived around 4:30pm and they quickly realised it would be unwise and unsafe to attempt the peak without head torches with darkness falling. It was a shame, as it would have been great to attempt 2 peaks on the same day. But common sense meant that with 9 hours driving for Damo, it would have been dangerous to add another 3-4 hours climbing on top of the already long 14 hour day!

The good news is that, between them, the boys have climbed both Snowdon and Scafell Pike within target times as part of their practice. If you factor in the fact that there will be less ‘sightseeing’ (stopping for photos) on the day of the actual challenge and combine this with another 6 weeks fitness training, the team are confident of achieving their goal. 3 peaks, 24 hours. Bring it on!