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wicklore
2011-05-07 07:07:37
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It Could Happen To You
Or could it?

Let this be a lesson to us all not to become complacent in our hill walking endeavors! While they made terrible mistakes, I have to admit I have a soft spot for this group. British “Team Wayne” set out to complete the United Kingdom Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours. This kind of project requires detailed planning and logistics, serious discipline and precise timing. They set off late on their first climb to Ben Nevis. They ended up climbing the wrong hill (they actually climbed a much harder mountain- Stob Ban -which is 5kms off Ben Nevis because “it looked the same”.), resulting in them losing several hours. Forgetting about Ben Nevis they abandoned Scotland and broke for the border to reach England’s highest point – Scafell Pike in the Lake District. After setting off at 6pm, on this climb three members got injured (sprains and strains) and turned back. Two other members continued on, got lost, and were not seen again that night. The lost walkers were eventually found the next day hale and hearty eating toasted hot cross buns in a village pub that was a 90 minute drive away on the other side of the mountain.

Having failed to climb either of their first two summits logic set in and “Team Wayne” decided not to even bother with the third challenge of Mount Snowdon in Wales. A team member said “No-one came to harm and we can all enjoy a chuckle at our mishaps – but we need to remember that people do sustain serious injuries and sometimes worse on our mountains. If anyone else is thinking of attempting the 3 peaks challenge – please, please make sure you are properly prepared.” Good advice!

It was all for a good cause. The team managed to raise £10,000 for a leukemia charity in memory of their friend Wayne Wilson, who had died in January 2011 aged just 26. Check out http://teamwayne.co.uk/?p=315 for their own story.
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