Have been meaning to blog about this for a while now, finally getting around to it.
As I blogged about way back in December 2013 : https://thatkitchendrawer.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/ben-nevis-midnight-challenge/. Myself, Kat and our friend Rachel had planned to climb Ben Nevis at night for Alzheimer’s society. On the night of the 21st/22nd we completed that challenge!
Through sponsorship from friends, family and a couple of supermarket bag packs we had managed to raise our total of £1200 a few weeks before the event. We have even managed to go over that and today are currently sitting at £1255 which is fantastic. Donations for this event are accepted until the beginning of September so if you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/fkr.
The event started at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park on the evening of the 21st of June, we were the first lot of people there, partly because we drove ourselves rather than catching the bus. Keen beans!
The whole adventure I would have to say was extremely well organised from the checking in procedures to the food being served and to the guides up on the hills with us. The company they used to organise the event; Discover Adventure was excellent and very professional.
We started walking at 10pm and had to reach the half way mark by 1am or else would need to turn back, we made it there by midnight. We weren’t all of the same fitness so were going at the pace of the slowest member which was fine, it wasn’t a race so slow and steady was going to get us to the top.
Most of the walk we didn’t need our head torches for apart from maybe 2-3 hours. Was the first time I have ever used a head torch so found that quite exciting. Interesting site of not being able to see the hill at all but seeing all these lights working there way up it.
We reached the top in about 6 hours, along with a couple of other people we were right at the back but that didn’t matter.
On the way back down we managed to get in some bum sliding on the snow which was great fun. Makes a hill walk to be able to do some bum shuffling/sliding.
The views got better as we descended and the daylight came back:
There was one lady who was really struggling especially on the way back down, it ended up that Kat and a guide came down with her and Rachel and I got separated from them as we were further ahead with another guide. Wasn’t the end of the world, a shame not to descend as a team but really proud of Kat for being such a big help to the lady. Rachel and I got back down in 5 hours, arriving at 9am so a total of 11 hours on the hill and Kat with the other lady did it in 7 hours so a total of 13 hours on the hill. Reaching the bottom was a very happy moment as was taking off our walking boots.
Thankfully Kat’s parents drove up to meet us afterwards and we went back to their house for a couple of days with one of them driving our car back down. Was knackered as to be expected and the rest of that day was really about staying awake until a reasonable time to go to bed. I slept for 14 hours straight that night which is something I never do, was an amazing night sleep.
The next evening we had a BBQ which was just the most perfect way to celebrate completing the challenge.
Don’t think any of us would rush back to do Ben Nevis, was a very long long walk but great to do it plus to do it at night and of course to do it for such a great cause!