Last weekend, I attempted the 3 Peaks Challenge* – ascending Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales respectively. During the trip, and while pushing myself to get up (and down), I learned some things about myself, and the world. These I’ll be sharing here in a series of blogs over the course of this week.
Still Day one: coming down Ben Nevis. So, we finally made it to the summit (in cold damp clouds unfortunately), and started back down. People had warned me that the descent was going to be harder on my poor old knees than the climb, and they were right! As we reached the steeper zig-zags towards the bottom, I was very glad to have super-fit Ben behind me, silently urging me on.
And that’s Lesson Three: there are times when it’s OK to just accept support. To just focus on what you have to do to make it, and take whatever encouragement others have for you. I know I didn’t tell Ben at the time how much his steady presence meant to me, but I hope I let him know later (hmm … maybe an e-mail to make sure!)
So, supported and encouraged by the team, I’d made it up and down the UK’s highest mountain. And after a very brief break at the bottom, it was into the van and off on the 6-hour drive to Wasdale, for an overnight stay in one of the best hostels around, a superb curry cooked for us by the indomitable chef/driver/’mum’ Kate, and a small incident involving a rear bumper & a stone wall.
And so to day two, Scafell Pike, and a whole load more lessons …
* Lite version, over 2 days.