Been There, Got The T-Shirt

Just a few days now before I head off up to Scotland and the start of my National 3 Peaks (N3P) walking challenge.

As some of you know, I’ve done the N3P Challenge before and just about survived, minus a never to be regained part of my sanity and thankfully some regained toe-nails (albeit toe-nails that a witch would be proud of). But I did get the T-Shirt…

n3p tshirt

There will be a few blogs, no doubt, to follow as our adventures progress. Accompanying me on the trip will be:

Tony ‘The Machine’ Harris: Tasked with getting us around the three hills alive. He’s done the N3P Challenge a few times now, including one time just a fortnight ago (nutter!)

Simon Christopherson: Another ex-colleague who I’ve done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with a few times and tasked with some of the driving. N3P Virgin!

Adam Thwaites: Simon’s pal and again someone I’ve done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with before. N3P Virgin.

Matt Lad!: The One and Only. Legend! He’s done the Yorky 3 Peaks three times now, but is a N3P Virgin.

Adam’s Car: Some big corporate Merc. Hopefully the size of a small warehouse.

The Weather: Without getting too technical the forecast is… TOTAL DOGSH!T


I hope I’m ready I’ve done some big 15-20m walks over the last month or so, plus the Yorkshire 3 Peaks a fortnight ago… and a tonne of gym work.

So I’m fitter than four years ago, but still four years older – and now closer to the BIG ‘FiveO..MG!’

I’ve got much better (and lighter) kit and will remember, definitely remember, to EAT and DRINK loads. I’ve started to ‘carb up’ this week and am drinking like a fish – water that is (for once). No caffeine or alcohol this week – despite the England Football Team’s attempt to send me spiraling into the nearest bottle!

The plan:

Fri 11am: Leave home for Adam’s.

Fri Noon: Leave Adam’s (with Adam, Sie and Matt)

Fri 1-2pm: Pick up Tony

Fri 7pm: Stop in Glencoe for some scran and watch Wales get battered by the Belgians.

Fri 10-11pm: Ben Nevis Hostel for a teeny-weeny bit of shut-eye.

Sat 3am: Up and at him… Ben Nevis that is. The Mountain Trail. In the Dark!

Sat 9am: Travel to The Lakes

Sat 1pm: Up and down Scafell Pike. From Wastwater.

Sat 5pm: Travel to Snowdonia

Sat 10pm: 5 hours to get up and down Snowdon. The Miner’s Track. In the Dark – F*ck!!!

Sun 3am: Hopefully back at the car. In one piece!


Wish Me Luck. And watch this space.


National Three Peaks Challenge – 4 Years On

My Facebook Memories App kicked in this morning to remind me that it was four years today that I did my first and, to date, only National Three Peaks Challenge.

It took over 30 hours, but I did raise nearly £3k for a Children’s Charity I-CAN.

It seems so much longer than 4 years ago and was a day of ecstasy and agony. The ecstasy I remember, but the agony I’ve probably forgotten… which is probably why I’m down to do the Challenge again in 5 weeks time… Eeeek!!!

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Snowdon in the Snow – 2016

A 6pm start from home, on March 5th, saw The Walking Dan and I set off for Wales. Somehow I’d copped for driving, even though I’d driven the last time we went to Wales and on a recent trip to Whitby (to walk the last part of the Cleveland Way). His car is waaaay better than mine too, though that’s not saying much.

Dan had stayed at ours the previous night, taking advantage of Debbie’s attempt to create a mini-boutique hotel in the spare bedroom. This allowed us to nip for a quick sherbet down the Sphinx Nest pub. A bit of poor timing from me saw us clash with a girl’s night in. A house full of drunk/cackling women didn’t make dropping off to sleep easy, but gate-crashing their Indian takeaway was a bonus.

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