In March 2018 I will attempt to kayak solo between the three mountain peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and climb to the summit of each of them.
If I am able to make the crossing to the Isle of Man, I will climb Snaefell too.
I will set out from Aberdovey in Mid-Wales and complete my journey at the Loch Eil Outward Bound Centre close to Fort William in Scotland. A journey of roughly 870 km and possibly a month in duration.
I will be raising funds for Odyssey - a superb charity which enhances the lives of people living with cancer by providing week long adventure courses. These courses are inspired by the Outward Bound formula of facing unexpected challenges, overcoming preconceived limitations and enjoyment.
A Just-Giving fundraising page will be posted early february
I've had the honour of working for Odyssey as an instructor on a number of their programmes in Wales and Scotland.
Why the 'Three Peaks'?
The inspiration for this particular challenge has been within me since my teenage years. When I was nineteen in 1982, with three friends, I successfully completed the three peaks by car (a souped up Ford escort) in 19 hours, 1 minute and 21 seconds! This was before the concept of the Three Peaks Challenge became widely popular. For those who don't know, the Three Peaks Challenge refers to ascending each of the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland in under 24 hours.
I first heard of the Three Peaks Yacht Race which begins in Barmouth and ends in Fort William when I was working for Outward Bound in the 1980s and I was captivated by the concept. Here crews of five set out to complete the Three Peaks as a sailing / mountain running race. It wasn't until 2003 before I was able to take part in my first race and since then I have competed another two times. They were incredible experiences.
In 2009 I made my first attempt to kayak and climb the Three Peaks. Sadly, I had to retire when my tent was destroyed during a fierce storm while camping at St Bees in Cumbria. I console myself with the fact that I managed to kayak alone from Aberdovey to St Bees and ascend at least two of the mountains. This is an unfinished adventure project for me and I have been biding my time for the right moment to give it another go. 2018 then, is going to be the year I succeed! There are photos from this attempt on this page - here.
Details for this challenge will unfold over the coming weeks. Please keep in touch by dropping by to find out what my preparations are.