Team GD’s Philip Somarakis and Elizabeth Murphy completed The National Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday scaling Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England), and Snowdon (Wales), in under 24 hours.
Starting at Ben Nevis in Scotland at 6.45am on Saturday, the team ascended 4650 feet to the summit.
Team GD’s Elizabeth Murphy said: “Despite it being the height of the summer the conditions were treacherous. Horizontal rain, a thick mist and gale force winds meant we were walking very slowly, and we even witnessed one climber get blown off her feet.”
A welcome descent in rapid time ensured that the final leg, to Snowdon in Wales, meant they were still on course to finish in under 24 hours. At 2am on Sunday they reached Pen-y-Pass in Snowdonia, only to be greeted by torrential rain and pea-soup fog.
Philip Somarakis adds: “We were walking in near zero visibility, and in places there was no trail at all which meant that some hazardous climbing was the only option.”
In order to beat the 24 hour target, they chose a different descent from Snowdon opting for the Miners’ Track, which was longer but much more navigable.
The team were delighted to complete the Three Peaks Challenge with a sub 24 hour time of 23 hours and 10 minutes and they even managed the below photo before going off for some well earned sleep!