Last weekend members of Barry Round Table were joined by Christopher Bush from Colchester Colne Round Table 842, to take part in the Welsh Three Peak’s Challenge.
The challenge consists of scaling Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan within 24 hours. The team assembled on Friday in beautiful Snowdonia to prepare and administrate themselves before the start of the challenge.
After a very short nights sleep, the team awoke to scale the first mountain at 05:30, dark and damp with a looming forecast ahead of them, determined they set off. After a momentary respite, the heavens opened. It turns out the Red Weather Warning was accurate. 40 to 50mph wind gusts, waterfalls, hail and more rainfall than can be described in text made the accent to 835m (3/4 of the way) exceedingly difficult.
To the point where a safety discussion was made and the group consented that it wasn’t sensible or safe to continue. Frustration set in but no challenge is worth someone’s life. Disheartened but not diminished, we set off back down the mountain.
We achieved a round trip on Snowdon (minus the summit) consisting of almost 10km of walkways which on the descent became raging torrents of water and a hike of 4 hours and 7 minutes. We were all crushed by this decision, but ultimately knew it was the right call to make at the time.
Arriving back in the car park we were greeted by our amazing driver/cook/support crew Andy Rosser, who had made brews and food for us while we were making our attempt. A quick change into dry clothes and we set off towards Cadair Idris.
Arriving around lunchtime, and with the weather having seemingly passed, the team set off, summit fever in full effect, there was nothing stopping the team from achieving this one.
The team are pleased to announce that after a 2 hours and 4 minutes of tough walking the summit was reached. It was at this moment that mother nature’s demoted amber weather warning decided it was still in full effect and opened up with a torrential downpour with wind and hail in which yet again we got absolutely drenched.
Accomplishing an up and down time of 3:44:40 after a rapid descent we once again arrived at the car park a very sodden team. After a quick hot meal and another change of clothes, the team made the final leg of the journey to Brecon to tackle Pen Y Fan.
An early morning accent of Pen Y Fan, dodging the soldiers on selection, a quick photo on the summit with the wind blowing in full force we quickly descended back to the bus finally completed the challenge for us with an up and down time of 1:50:44.
After a short hop back to Barry our final destination was the Tynewydd Inn Pub for a well earned pint and a hot meal.
We were proudly greeted by family members and Area 4 Roundtable President Nick Richards who celebrated and empathised in our angst of not completed Snowdon. We would like to thank Ten11 and Pukka productions for contributing donations for our challenge T-shirts and everyone who has donated to Barry round table and for believing in us, we’re sad to have not been able to claim all three peaks but are ambitious to re-attempt another challenge in the future.
A special thanks to Christopher Bush for coming all the way from Essex to take part in this challenge with Barry RT, your experience, motivation and encouragement was needed. We look forward to seeing you on our next challenge.