The 'Charity Fundraising Deam Team' was (in alphabetical order of bar and no particular order of individual ability or level of suffering!) - Johnny & Rosita (Distrikt)/ Alan (Lounge)/ Sam (Mojo)/ Kash (Sandinista)/ Si & Harry (Sandinista & Smokestack)/ Andy & Jeff (Wax Bar) & myself (Lounge/Sandinista/Sela/Smokestack & Wax!).
N.B I am aware that the Yorkshire 3 Peaks was the subject of a previous Blog but thought as this is a description of a group challenge it was worth spending the (not insignificant due to my keyboard skills!) time relaying the story of the day to anyone interested.
|Leaving Pen y ghent on the long walk to Whernside.|
A typical Yorkshire summer day saw us enjoying low cloud, strong winds and a high chance of rain! We made our way along the road to Brackenbottom before making the turn to head up the incline towards Pen-y-ghent where after 5 to minutes a few faces started to look a bit concerned at what lay ahead! Making quite good time we made the summit point of Pen y ghent 1hr 15min after setting out where the strong Southerly wind assisted us display the White Rose flag!
|On the shoulder of Pen y ghent.|
|"Ey up, 'appy Yorkshire Day tha nos!"|
Low cloud hid the view across to Whernside which wasn't a bad thing as we were now a couple of hours in and walking thru the first consistently wet, muddy ground which found a couple of pairs of footwear less than waterproof and with most of the group being '3 Peaks virgins' in the realization of possibly another 9-10hrs to finish the route!!
|Descending Pen y ghent on the Pennine Way (still enthusiastic!)|
|Kash measuring the distance by one smoke a mile!|
|Could of used a rubber dinghy over them rapids!|
The long steadily rising route to the summit point of Whernside saw the group spread out as some of the team started to feel a few aches & pains in the old joints whilst others went thru troughs in energy levels.
Up to this point we had been lucky escaping the heavy showers that had been forecast but could see dark clouds on the horizon!
|Settle to Carlisle line with Ingleborough on the horizon.|
|Crossing the aqueduct on the steady long climb up to Whernside.|
|Approaching the half way point of the route on the way up Whernside|
|Dark clouds are gathering over Whernside!|
|2 down and 1 to go sheltering from the wind on Whernside.|
The rain continued to pour down which had a notable negative effect on team moral. On reaching the road that runs in the valley between Whernside & Ingleborough I decided to give a bit of a 'pep' talk and gave everyone the option of packing it in and calling a taxi to return to Horton In Ribblesdale, funnily enough everyone wanted to go on and complete the route. I'd like to think it was my moral boosting speech that inspired everyone to go on and nothing to do with the £40+ cost of a taxi or the potential persecution from the rest of the team for not completing the route!
Those who had completed the route before knew full well what was in store as we made our way to Ingleborough and I received a few 'doubtful' looks when I described the route as a steadily rising path with a bit of a 'steep bit', I may of slightly understated the 'steep bit'!
As we made our way towards what is nicknamed 'the Devils Staircase' the rain started to ease and the cloud lifted revealing the path in front of us, I thought I heard one or two profanities muttered though it could of been the wind?
|Clouds still hide Ingleborough as Rosita models the full waterproofs look.|
|There's a 'bit of a hill' lurking in them clouds!|
|Kash decides to dance his way up?|
|Andy & Jeff head up the 'Devils Staircase'.|
|On ward and upward!|
|The rain has stopped but there is still a bit of a 'breeze' as Andy flies the White Rose.|
On the positive side the weather had definitely turned for the better with the cloud lifting sun breaking thru to give views across to Pen y ghent over the finish line!
|Pen y ghent in the distance as the team cross the limestone pavement.|
|Sam & myself + blisters stride on.|
|A quick break in on the famous Yorkshire Limestone pavement.|
|Alan takes in the view across Ribblesdale to Pen y ghent.|
|Kash, Alan & Sam make their way along the final mile.|
We then decided a celebratory drink at the local pub was in order where we had a chat and a laugh about the day whilst the landlord seemed not comprehend the idea that to make money you need customers in as he sighed and stomped about whenever somebody approached the bar!
|The 'dream team' full of smiles on completion of the 25mile charity fundraiser.|
|A very broken man!|